liturgical use of bread


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.

MLA Citation

  • “liturgical use of bread”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 23 October 2010. Web. 20 September 2021. <>