Bread has been the emblem of God’s providence for us, throughout humanity’s history. Both physical (bread as food) and spiritual - the επιούσιον (epiousion) or “supersubstantial” bread of the Lord’s prayer, the bread of Holy Communion.
In the Orthodox Christian church, the pinnacle of our worship is union with Christ, both spiritually but also physically, by consuming the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Since the Last Supper, before every Divine Liturgy, one or more of the faithful prepare and bring bread to church to be used as the Body of Christ in the Eucharist. The Orthodox church is liturgical. For those of us who bake prosphoro, the liturgy begins as we prepare to bake!
Prosphoro is an offering to God, made from His material gifts to us, and prepared lovingly and prayerfully.
A special website - www.prosphoro.com - is available to share with the faithful this ‘proper’ method of preparation of the holy gift according to the Greek Orthodox tradition.
Text © Manuel Petavrakis (prosphoro.com) and used with permission