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Light or candle ( kandíli)

Candle

Censer ( thimiató)

Censer

Stamp ( sfrayítha) for Holy Communion bread (prósforo)

SealThe Orthodox Church invites parishioners to prepare the bread for Holy Communion (prósforo—offering). During the Divine Liturgy, part of the prósforo becomes the Body of Christ. Before baking, the stamp is used to imprint a special design on the prósforo. At Church, the priest prepares for Holy Communion by cutting out the center of the stamped design that says, "IC, XC, NIKA” (Jesus Christ Conquers). It becomes the Body of Christ (the Lamb). Additional cuts are made in remembrance of others.

Special icons

Generally icons of saints with special significance to the family are included. A patron saint is the saint for which a family member is named at baptism. Other saints, such as the patron saint of the parish church and saints known for specific healing or patrons of certain causes may also added, along with icons of Church feasts.

Holy WaterHoly water and Holy oil

At the feast day of Theophania (Epiphany) the Holy Spirit is invoked to bless water that will sanctify and heal the faithful. Water is taken home from the Church in small bottles, kept at the iconostásion for drinking and Holy Oilblessing the house.

Holy oil comes from the Holy lamps of the Church and is also used for sanctification and healing at home. This Holy oil is different from the oil from Holy Unction, a sacrament that can only be administered by a priest.

Marriage crowns ( stéphana)

CrownsSome families keep their marriage crowns (stéphana) at the iconostásion—either with or without a crown case (stephanothíki). The marriage crowns symbolize that the husband and wife are the king and queen of their home.

 

 

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