It got me thinking about prosfora and baking. I have yet to let the kids help bake it, but hopefully we'll remedy that this year. Below I've collected some resources about the leavened bread we use for the Eucharist that will come in handy when teaching the children about the Eucharist.
- Raising Saints podcast - about teaching kids about prosfora - especially emphasizing the significance of each ingredient.
- Leavened vs. Unleavened
- Orthodox Answers deals with this question in a simple and straightforward manner.
A list of the ingredients used in the bread, with scriptures that go with each one. Each ingredient points to transformation, resurrection and life, which is so fitting.
I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world. - John 6:51
To what shall I liken the kingdom of God? It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leavened. Luke 13:21flour:
They also who dwell in the farthest parts are afraid of Your signs;You make the outgoings of the morning and evening rejoice.You visit the earth and water it,You greatly enrich it;The river of God is full of water;You provide their grain,For so You have prepared it.You water its ridges abundantly,You settle its furrows;You make it soft with showers,You bless its growth. - Psalm 65
The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified. Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. - John 12:23-25
Foolish one, what you sow is not made alive unless it dies. And what you sow, you do not sow that body that shall be, but mere grain—perhaps wheat or some other grain. But God gives it a body as He pleases, and to each seed its own body. - I Cor 15:36-38water:
unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. - John 3:6
If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water. - John 4:10
You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. - Matt 5:13
Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. Let your speech alwaysbe with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one. - Col 4:5, 6
On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding. And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine.”Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come.”His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.”Now there were set there six waterpots of stone, according to the manner of purification of the Jews, containing twenty or thirty gallons apiece. Jesus said to them, “Fill the waterpots with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. And He said to them, “Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast.” And they took it. When the master of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom.And he said to him, “Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when theguests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!”This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him. John 2:1-11