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Handling the Holy Bread

holy_breadAfter taking Holy Communion and at the end of the liturgy, it is traditional to eat a piece of holy bread or antidoron, the bread that was left over after Holy Communion was prepared. While antidoron is not Holy Communion, it is blessed bread and as such should be eaten carefully so that crumbs don’t fall all over the place. After taking Communion or kissing the cross at the end of the Divine Liturgy, take one piece of antidoron, you don’t need four or five pieces, and when you return to your seat or get to a place where you can stop for a moment, eat the bread trying not to drop crumbs. If you want to give a piece to someone else, go ahead and take an extra piece, don’t break yours in half, it produces too many crumbs. And monitor your children as they take the antidoron and teach them to eat it respectfully.