The Blessing of the Five Loaves of Bread is a beautiful service where we give thanks for the blessings of life. The Blessing of the Loaves is meant to remind the faithful of the miracle of the multiplication of the bread and fish by which Christ fed a vast multitude. It is traditional that oil, wine, wheat and five loaves of sweet bread, as the most basic elements of life, are used in this small prayer service.
This service traditionally takes place during the Vespers Service of a feast day or at the end Sunday Divine Liturgy. At the conclusion of the Service, the loaves of bread are cut and distributed to the entire congregation.
Any individual or family desiring to offer an Artoklasia should call the Church Office to make arrangements at least one week in advance.