Pani's Prosfora - the
Faithful are welcomed to prepare an offering!
the basic food for human life and
every country and culture has it's own tradition or specialty. Bread is
commonly referred to as the staff of life. In
April we were busy at the church and in our homes making paska for
Easter. This week I would like to talk a little about the most commonly
known bread specifically the "church" bread called by many names
such as Holy Bread, prosphora, or antidoron. Prosphora is a Greek word
for offering. The holy bread is brought as an offering to God and the
church, part of which will become the precious Body of our Lord. There
is no butter, egg, sugar, shortening, or oil used at all. While working
to make it, it is best to keep your mind clear and pure of distracting
and evil thoughts by saying appropriate prayers, such as the repetition
of the Jesus prayer, "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me
a sinner". It is also proper to make the sign of the Cross on yourself,
the flour and the pan you use to bake on.
plain white flour
cups clear warm water (110 to 115 degrees F.)
of quick rise yeast
1 tsp. Salt
1 prosphoron seal
Dissolve the yeast in the warm water. Add
to the flour and salt and knead until
smooth, adding as much flour as need to make manageable.
Put in a bowl and cover and let rise for 1
hour. When double in size, divide & shape
into the sizes you need. Press the seal into the
bread and let rise for ½ hour. Place in a
pre-heated 350-degree oven for 20 to 30 minutes depending on the size. Remove from pans, tap off excess flour and let cool
on a rack.