Prayer for the adoption of prosphora and holy water
A prayer for the adoption of prosphora and holy water is supposed to be known to every Christian believer. It is laconic and simple, so memorizing it by heart will not be difficult.
Rite of passage of holy water and prosphora
Taste of prosphora and the acceptance of holy water is a process that must necessarily be accompanied by the flag of the cross and the uttering of prayer. The rite requires reverence.
Prosphora and holy water are taken only on an empty stomach after completing the morning prayer: a small sip of water is taken from the water, only a small piece is eaten from prosphora too. To do all this you need to try so that even a single crumb of holy bread does not fall by.
The use of prosphora with holy water, according to recluse Georgy Zadonsky, protects a person from the wiles of an unclean spirit, sanctifies his body and soul, illuminates his thoughts and brings him closer to the Lord God.
Prosphora should not be taken in the morning before Holy Communion. On this day, this restriction applies to any kind of food.
Prayer for Prosphora and Holy Water: Text
The text of the prayer accompanying the eating of prosphora and consecrated water is as follows:
Prosphora and its origin
The origins of prosphora are associated with the first centuries of Christianity. The word “prosphora” from the Greek language is translated as “offering”. Previously, they called prosphora the donation that the believers brought with them to perform the service — bread, wine, candle wax, olive oil (fir).
This donation was received by the deacons, and the lists of those who came with the offering were mentioned with a prayer during the consecration of the food. Moreover, the list of people who had died could be included in this list, when on their behalf their relatives brought prosphora.
The deacons separated part of the prosphora — bread and wine — with a view to putting them into Christ’s Body and Blood, waxing was spent on candles, and everything that was left was distributed to the believers. Later, only bread used during liturgy was called prosphora.
Over time, instead of the usual bread, they began to bake a prosphora in its modern form in the church.
Prosphora is a bread assembled from 2 separate parts:
- The upper part is baked with a special seal in the form of a four-pointed equilateral cross. On the horizontal crossbar of the cross, the symbols IC and XC (Jesus Christ) are put, according to it — HI and KA (translated from Greek — “victory”).
- The lower part resembles the usual loaf of bread.
Prosphora baked from flour, the creation of which took a lot of grains from countless ears of corn, so it symbolizes both the nature of the individual, created from a variety of natural elements, and the whole of humanity, consisting of many people. Its lower part acts as the personification of the carnal, earthly beginnings of man and humanity, the upper, with the seal, the beginnings of the spiritual.
According to the church, the human nature is permeated by the presence of God, so holy water and yeast are added to the prosphora dough: consecrated water is a symbol of God’s grace, and yeast is the life-giving power of the Holy Spirit.
The division of prosphora into 2 parts is not a random phenomenon. The parts symbolize the division of man into flesh (water and flour) and into the soul (holy water and yeast), which are inextricably linked with each other. Believers can receive a prosphora on their hands after the service — for this purpose, it is necessary to submit a note “On Health” or “On Rest” before the beginning of the liturgy.
For each name indicated in the note, a piece of prosphora is taken out.
Antidor (as translated from the Greek “vkodarie”) — small pieces of prosphora, from which the Holy Lamb was taken out on the proskomide. The antidor is distributed to believers after the end of the liturgy.
It is necessary to eat it in the walls of the temple, on an empty stomach, with reverence in the soul, because it is the holy bread from the Lord’s altar.
Artos — Prophorus whole. Together with the image of the Resurrection of Christ, it occupies the main place in the temple during the Bright Week. After the Easter celebrations are distributed to believers.
Particles of artos people are carefully kept as a spiritual cure for ailments and infirmities. It is tasted only on special occasions and always with the words “Christ is Risen!”
Prosphora and artos should also be stored in a red corner, next to the icons. If they deteriorate, they should be personally burned or carried to the church for the same purpose, or they should be allowed to flow along the clean river.
On the origin of holy water
Holy water is near a Christian believer all his life. This is one of the greatest shrines of Christianity.
It is this word — “shrine” — that its Greek name “agiasma” is translated into Russian.
Holy water symbolizes God’s grace: it purifies believers from spiritual negativity, strengthens both body and soul. Holy water is practically the main attribute of the sacrament of Baptism. Three-time immersion in it washes man from sinful impurities, renews him, makes him closer to Jesus Christ.
Also, consecrated water is used in all Christian rites of consecration, during prayers, religious processions.
Every Orthodox Christian believer collects consecrated water on the day of the Epiphany, carries him to his home and keeps, as an expensive shrine, throughout the whole year. Agiasma commune with all sorts of diseases, applying it together with a prayer.
It has long been proven that holy water has extraordinary properties. She remains fresh throughout the year after the Epiphany. And St. Dimitri of Kherson wrote about her healing abilities.
Epiphany water was widely used by St. Seraphim of Sarov, giving it to pilgrims. Rev. Ambrose of Optina, with the help of her, raised even mortally ill people to her feet.
Seraphim Vyritsky called holy water the strongest medicine, advised her to sprinkle any food, to give it every hour a tablespoon to a sick person.
The consecration of water occurs 2 times — on the Epiphany Eve and on the day of the Baptism itself. The church believes that agiasma is a spiritual and physical being, connecting heaven and earth.
She should be in every home where people believe in God. It is necessary to keep holy water in the red corner, next to the icons.
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