Note: Please move if need be, we use prosphora in the Liturgy so I thought this was the place.
I've started to make prosphora for our Church and I was interested to find some information of the meaning and different ways in which you pierce the seal. The way I was taught (Greek loaf) pierce the top, bottom and both sized for the Father Son and Holy Spirit. Then the four corners of the lamb for Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, then around the outside 8 more for the other apostles.
That to me seems like a lot of holes. Granted, Greek loafs are rather big and they are only one loaf. I've seen Russian loafs that have 5 holes and all of which are near the lamb. Top, bottom, left, right and center. What are the 5 holes in Russian prosphora representing?
Thank you for any insight