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Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America
Ben Lomond, California
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Holy Bread Schedule

 

The usual schedule is as follows:

1st week of the month:  Linda Young
2nd week of the month: Valerie Pflueger
3rd week of the month:  Kathleen Elwell
4th week of the month:  Michelle Auldridge
5th
week of the month:  (alternate)

Holy Bread Schedule for 2017

Bread Schedule for September 2017:
September   1:  Michelle

September   3 & 7:  Linda
September 10 & 13:  Valerie
September 17:  Kathleen
September 24:  Michelle


Links about Holy Bread

LOTS of interesting facts and info about Holy Bread:  www.prosphora.org

A link explaining why Holy Bread must be made without sugar or whole wheat flour:  http://www.prosphora.org/page4.html


Recipe for Holy Bread/Prosphora

Ss. Peter & Paul requires 5 loaves each Sunday, so use this recipe for the 4 loaves, then make one more (larger) loaf. (please note: there is no sugar in Holy Bread)

For 4 small loaves:
Combine in large bowl: 
3 cups very warm water
2 pkg dry yeast or 4-1/2 teas yeast

Add, mixing well until very smooth, (300 strokes or use mix master):
4 cups BREAD FLOUR
1-1/2 teas salt

Add until ready to knead: 
approx. 3+/- cups BREAD FLOUR (add just enough flour to work dough, it will be soft)

--Knead 10 minutes (or use mixmaster for ~20 minutes).
--Form dough into four smooth balls, place in pans.
--Cover, let rise 30 minutes.
--S
prinkle top very lightly with flour, press seal in very firmly.  Pierce for bubbles. (can put on baking sheet, or use individual 9" cake pans)Remember, no grease on pans. If necessary, you can use pure bees wax or line pans with foil.
--Bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees for ~40 minutes.  Cover loosely with foil last half hour to prevent browning, if needed.  Remove from baking sheet or pans.  Allow to cool on rack.  Use soft brush to brush off excess flour from loaves.

For 1 larger loaf(use same method as above except form into one loaf,  bake at 350 for 50-55 minutes)
1-1/2 cups very warm water
1 pkg dry yeast or 2-1/4 teas yeast
4 cups BREAD FLOUR
3/4 teas salt



**Note:if using a combination of The Gifted Pan and a regular seal, use the same recipe as above.  Shape one loaf for the seal as noted above.  The second loaf can be shaped for use in The Gifted Pan as noted in recipe below. Bake both loaves at same time.


Recipe for Holy Bread using "Gifted Pan"
Makes 1  loaf.  Ss. Peter & Paul requires 4 loaves each Sunday.

Combine in large bowl: 
1-1/2 cups very warm water
1 pkg dry yeast or 2-1/4 teas yeast

Add, mixing well until very smooth, (300 strokes):
2 cups BREAD FLOUR
1 teas salt

Add until ready to knead: 
approx. 2+ cups BREAD FLOUR

--Knead 20 minutes, form into smooth ball. Cover with cloth, let rise until double, about 30 minutes.
--After dough has risen, punch down and let rest for a few minutes.
--Pinch off approx 1/3 of dough.  Knead, popping air bubbles with toothpick, then form into a ball with a very smooth surface.   Flatten with rolling pin.
--Place the smooth side down into The Gifted Pan and press firmly into the seal in order to make a more distinct impression.
--Lightly moisten top of the dough with water (to allow layers to adhere).
--Take the remaining dough, knead, pop air bubbles and flatten as above.
--Place into The Gifted Pan and press down for an even surface, spreading out to walls of pan.
--Bake in preheated oven at 325 degrees for approx. 60 minutes.

When it is done, immediately remove from pan and let cool on rack.



The Prosphoron Seal
The square piece in the center is the piece that will be changed into the Body of Christ; it is called the Lamb of God. It has the letter ICXC NIKA.  It means Jesus Christ Conquers

See the large triangular piece? This represents the Virgin Mary

See the nine smaller triangles? These pieces commemorate the angels, prophets, apostles and saints of the church.

During a service before liturgy starts, the priest breaks the bread and the seal and prays for the different people represented by the seal; the Theotokos, the prophets, angels… The priest also prays for all those living whose names have been submitted to him. Then he prays for all those who have passed away whose names have been submitted to him. Even if they are Orthodox Christians or not.


The Monks Spiridon and Nikodim, Prosphora-Makers of Pechersk (XII), for 30 years fulfilled their obedience -- they baked prosphora. The Monk Spiridon came to the monastery during the time of the hegumen Pimen (1132-1141), already no longer young a man. The ascetic combined his work with unceasing prayer and the singing of psalms.

 

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Weekly Services

Sunday
8:20 am Orthros
9:30 am Divine Liturgy
10:30 Church School

Tuesday
6:00 am Orthros
9:00 am Morning Prayers

Wednesday
6:00 pm Vespers, (3rd week Paraklesis)

Thursday
6:00 am Orthros

Saturday
6:00 pm Great Vespers

7:00 pm Compline



Sunday Bulletin


Conception of St. John the Baptist (September 23)

Rejoice, O barren one, who had not given birth; for behold thou hast conceived clearly the one who is the dawn of the Sun Who was about to illuminate the whole universe, blighted with sightlessness. Shout in joy, O Zacharias, crying in favor, Verily, the one to be born is a Prophet of the High. (Apolytikion in Tone 4)

Wisdom
"The goal of reading is the application, in our lives, of what we read. Not to learn it by heart, but to take it to heart. Not to practice using our tongues, but to be able to receive the tongues of fire and to live the mysteries of God." -- Elder Paisios the Athonite


Daily Scripture Readings

 

"I was in prison and you visited me" (Matthew 25:36)
Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry