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Bread and loose bread in the Byzantine liturgy: the ambiguities of the terminology


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In the Greek liturgy, the same terminology is used to refer to loose bread or eucharistic bread, to which the celebrator and a part of the communal faithful during the liturgy, and love bread, which is distributed by the celebrator to all assistants at the end of the liturgy. The former has a strong symbolic burden, the second is a simple substitute, introduced to compensate for the scarcity of the liturgic communion. These names are examined in the article, in the light of Georges Pachymerès’s historical relations, which offer good examples to illustrate the point. A second topic was then discussed: the designation of the containers in which the eucharistic reservation is lodged. Bankrupt Albert. Bread and loose bread in the Byzantine liturgy: ambiguities in terminology. In: Byzantines Review, Volume 72, 2014. pp. 351-364.

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