In Christian liturgy, bread (wheaten) is used chiefly as an element of the Eucharistic Sacrifice. There are also, however, several other uses amongst which are the following.
- Formerly popes and bishops sent blessed bread to their priests to symbolize union.
- At the Offertory, in the rite of consecration of a bishop, or canonization of a saint, two loaves are presented to the celebrant.
- Little loaves or cakes were formerly blessed, and sent by bishops and priests to others in sign of fraternal affection.
- Bread blessed at the Offertory is distributed to the faithful (see antidoron eulogia).
- Bread brought by the faithful is blessed at the Sunday parochial Mass. The custom is common among the French who call the bread pain benit.
- “liturgical use of bread”. . CatholicSaints.Info. 23 October 2010. Web. 4 May 2016. <http://catholicsaints.info/liturgical-use-of-bread/>