In the E. Church, the altar bread. Traditionally five loaves are required; they are solemnly cut up at the Proskomide. One portion (known as the ‘lamb’) is used for the liturgy; the rest is not consecrated but is distributed later among the congregation. The Greek Church now generally uses one large loaf, but the Russians continue to use five smaller ones.
Subjects: Christianity — Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).