Bread and Salt

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The offering of Bread and Salt, a Slavic welcoming custom as symbols of hospitality, is widely observed by Orthodox Christian communities of Slavic origin when a bishop is welcomed to a church or monastic community with a loaf of bread topped with a salt cellar placed on an embroidered towel.

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In the Old Testament in Leviticus 2:13, the Lord instructs the Israelites that they shall season every gift of their grain offerings with salt.

In the New Testament the symbology has its origins in the words of Christ when he said, “I am the bread of life” and “You are the salt of the earth.”


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