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Philip Zymaris

Subject Religion

Key-Topics clergy, liturgy

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405185394.2011.x


The Artoklasia (lit. “breaking of bread”) is a service for the blessing of loaves celebrated at Vespers, recalling the gospel text of the multiplication of loaves (Mt. 14.15-21). Its original purpose was to bless and distribute food at monastic vigils to strengthen the monks, although it is presently celebrated at any service. It is performed before a table placed on the solea upon which five round loaves, wheat, wine, and oil are placed. SEE ALSO: Vespers (Hesperinos) ( 2002 ) He akolouthia tes artoklasias . Athens : Ekdoseis Homologia . ( 1993 ) “ Artoklasia ,” in The Liturgical Dictionary of Eastern Christianity . Collegeville : Liturgical Press , pp. 24 – 5 . ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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