BREAK THE HOLY BREAD, MASTER
A Theology of Communion Bread
a book by Fr. Sergei Sveshnikov
This work examines the history, theology, and praxis of the use of sacramental bread in traditional Christianity. From the Last Supper to the Great Schism, and from Christology to ecclesiology and Christian anthropology—the symbolism of bread has dominated Christian history and belief. What kind of bread did Christ offer to His disciples at the Last Supper? Why do Roman Catholics and the Orthodox disagree on how to bake bread? What is the significance of the symbolism of bread for Christian theology and praxis? This book addresses these and many other questions. Scholars and bakers, clergy and lay folk alike—all are invited to take a closer look at that which speaks of our unity—one loaf to represent one Body.
Published with the blessing of His Eminence Kyrill, Archbishop of San Francisco and Western America, Russian Orthodox Church.
“I am very pleased to offer my recommendation in support of Fr. Sergei’s work “Break the Holy Bread, Master.” Within its pages, the reader will find a wealth of information that explains and outlines the historical and ecclesiastical development of the use of leavened bread in the Eastern Orthodox Church. The thesis will benefit anyone who wants to learn more about the liturgical practice of both the Eastern and Western Rite.”
† Theodosy, Bishop of Seattle, 26 February 2009
An interview for the Orthodox Christian Network:click here to listen
Jane G. Meyer’s review of the book for Ancient Faith Radio: click here to listen
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