The Holy Supper usually takes place in the home with the Father leading the family in the prayer ritual. It begins with the youngest child reading the Nativity account from the gospel of St. Matthew 2:1-12. The Father then starts with an opening prayer asking God to bless the bread wine and food. He then breaks the bread and passes it out to all present.
At St. Luke we preserved this family tradition in our church fellowship hall. Parishioners bring their favorite Nativity Lenten food and share with all present. We perform this family tradition because it is danger being lost since families no longer live close together and few have the time to cook the necessary dishes. The priest who is the father of the church family performs the prayer ritual.
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TROPARION - TONE 4
YOUR NATIVITY, O CHRIST OUR GOD,
KONTAKION - TONE 3
TODAY THE VIRGIN GIVES BIRTH TO THE TRANSCENDENT ONE,
Priest: O Lord Jesus Christ our God, Who blessed the five loaves in the wilderness and with them You satisfied the five thousand, + bless this loaf, wine, and the food we are about to eat and multiply them in this city, and in all the world, and sanctify all the faithful who partake of them. For it is You, O Christ our God, Who bless and sanctify all things, and to You we ascribe glory, together with Your Father, Who is without beginning, and Your all-holy, and good, and life-creating Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages.
Honey is placed on the forehead with the words:
All: May we love one another as the bee loves honey
The cup of wine in passed around for each to drink:
All: Unite us in Faith and Love
Bread is broken and passed to all. It is then dipped into the honey and eaten:
All: Let us love one another
Garlic is eaten-( not pealed but cracked with the teeth)
All: May God Spare us from all Evil
Twelve Lenten foods are eaten without knives or pepper. Pepper symbolizes arguments and knives the cutting of friendship
Priest: May He who was born in a cavern and lay in a manger for our salvation Christ our true God, through the prayers of the Holy Theotokos, of the Holy Apostle and Evangelist Luke and of all the saints have mercy on and save us for He is good and loves mankind.
While blindfolded prunes are speared with a fork. If two prunes are speared the single will get married, the married will become pregnant.
A candle is blown out gently. If the smoke rises straight up it means a year of good luck.