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« on: August 02, 2009, 03:22:40 AM »

Why do the Orthodox Church use ' leavened bread'  at their communion ??
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« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2009, 06:09:04 AM »

I'm not sure, but didn't they use to eat leavened bread around Jesus' times (and -consequently- at the Last Supper too)?
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« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2009, 06:37:39 AM »

Why do the Orthodox Church use ' leavened bread'  at their communion ??


Dear Brunhilda,

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During the first thousand years of the life of the Church both the East and the West (the Church of Rome) used leavened bread.  Not so many Catholics know that because they just assume that they always used unleavened bread.  Rome, which was always conservative, only slowly changed to the use of unleavened bread when other parts of Western Europe had already changed.


CATHOLIC SCHOLARS SAY THAT THE CHURCH OF ROME USED LEAVENED BREAD
for the first 800 and more years.

The change to unleavened bread in Rome took place towards the end of the first millennium.

There is a small article here with contributions from Catholic scholars.

http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php/topic,20118.msg300013.html#msg300013

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« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2009, 03:27:49 AM »

I know that the Armenians, an Eastern tradition, use unleavened bread. Is this also lacking in antiquity as the West, or is this perhaps more legitimately part of their tradition?
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« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2009, 05:05:25 AM »

I know that the Armenians, an Eastern tradition, use unleavened bread. Is this also lacking in antiquity as the West, or is this perhaps more legitimately part of their tradition?

Introduced in the 6th century and connected with their miaphysite beliefs.

See the message "Unleavened Bread and the Armenians"

http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php/topic,13141.msg280292.html#msg280292
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« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2009, 12:55:34 AM »

Interesting articles. I thought Rome always used unleavened bread.
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« Reply #6 on: August 13, 2009, 02:48:37 AM »

"Interesting articles. I thought Rome always used unleavened bread."

I'm sure the Byzantines wouldn't have been stupid enough to have used it as a polemical point against them in the East-West Schism if this were these case.
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