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Prothesis or Ceremony of Preparation of the Oblations of the Qurban (Holy Bread) for Holy Eucharist and the Antidoron before the Divine Liturgy - The Text for the Particle for the Theotokos

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The Prothesis or the Ceremony of Preparation of the Oblations is before the beginning of the Divine Liturgy. During this Ceremony, the priest/abouna prays and cuts the Qurban (Holy Bread) based on the nine squares on the large side of the Holy Seal or (IC|XC NIKA Stamp) impression.
The Prothesis is performed by the priest and deacon without the direct participation of the people on the "prothesis", "proskomide", "table of oblation" or "Altar of Preparation". This table stands in the altar area to left of the altar table.

During the Ceremony of Preparation , the priest prays and cuts the Qurban (bread) based on the nine squares on the large side of the Holy Seal or (IC|XC NIKA Stamp) impression.

The Particle for the Theotokos is cut from this square on the Qurban (Holy Bread).

This square has one large triangle. This square is in the square to the left the large Center Square with the IC|XC NIKA impression on the Qurban. Particles for the Theotokos are cut from this square.

A diagram of the placement of the particles cut from the Holy Seal is within the Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom, page 17, published by Eparchy of Newton (Our Lady of the Annunciation (Al Bisharah) in Roslindale, Massachusetts), United States, 2009.

The text for the Particle for the Theotokos during the Prothesis or the Ceremony of Preparation of the Oblations

The priest says:"In honor and memory of our most highly blessed and glorious Lady the Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary, through whose prayers, O Lord, receive this sacrifice upon your altar in heaven."

The priest removes a particle and places it at the right hand of "The Lamb" ("The Lamb" is facing the priest so the priest puts the particle to the left of "The Lamb") and near the center of It while he says:

"At your right stood the Queen, clothed in an embroidered mantle of gold."

These words are from Psalm 44, verse 9. The Melkite Church reads this verse as a prophecy of the Theotokos.


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