In the Holy Orthodox Church, there is the custom for a single loaf of blessed bread (Artos in Greek), to lie before the Iconostasis throughout Bright Week in memory of the Risen Lord, Jesus Christ, before it is shared among the whole congregation. On the first day of Pascha, during the Holy and Divine Liturgy, after the Prayer Before the Ambo, the Artos is blessed by a special prayer and sprinkling with the Holy Water. Throughout Bright Week, at the end of the Holy and Divine Liturgy, the Artos is carried around the church in solemn procession. On the Saturday of Bright Week it is distributed as a blessing of the Arch-Pastor (that is to say Christ) to the congregation (sometimes after Divine Liturgy on Saint Thomas Sunday).
Photos from Victor Lutes
See more photos here.