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View From Your Table

St. Francisville, Louisiana
St. Francisville, Louisiana

This is cheating on VFYT, a bit. I have been working all afternoon and early evening on baking prosphora (communion bread) for our church. It has to be baked according to a particular recipe, in a particular style. That seal you see on the right must be pressed into the top of each small loaf. The seal has the Greek letters IC XC NIKA, which means “Jesus Christ Conquers.”

It’s easy to do in theory, making prosphora, but this was my first time to do it by myself, and it took much, much longer than it ought to have done. But there’s no way to learn how to do it except by doing it. I’m wrapping up in the kitchen now, and will say a prayer to finish the job. These loaves you see in the foreground ready for the oven, and those you see in the background having come out of the oven, will all be used in the Divine Liturgy, as the first meal the people of our parish will eat on one Sunday in the future.

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Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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