As this OrthodoxWiki article very well explains: “The artoklasia (Greek ἀρτοκλασία, meaning “breaking of bread”; also Лития, litiya in Church Slavonic) is a service held at the end of Vespers (Esperinos), Matins (Orthros), or even at the end of the Divine Liturgy. Five round loaves of bread are offered by individual faithful as a sign of devotion for personal or family anniversaries, such as name days and other occasions related to the lives of the Orthodox. The five loaves are reminiscent of the five loaves that Jesus Christ blessed in the desert and by which five thousand of His hearers were fed.
For more information about the Artoklasia please click here and here for a recipe. We’ve also linked to a very tasty-looking recipe for the Artos from Prosphora.org. It’s the recipe used in the Three Hierarchs Chapel at St. Vladimir’s Seminary.
If you have any questions, or if you are interested in learning more about the Artoklasia service please contact one of our clergy.
To attend a Artoklasia service please consult our Calendar for the next liturgical service.