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The '''spoon''' (Gr. λαβίδα) is used in the transmission of both elements of [[
Eucharist]] to the faithful. In early liturgical practice it was used only when administering of Eucharist to the sick and infants. With the developments in Orthodox liturgics, and with the need for [[priests]] to serve the [[Divine Liturgy]] without the assistance of a [[deacon]], its use became commomplace. Originally the [[priest]] would place the Body of Christ in the palm of the receiver and the [[deacon]] would offer the [[chalice]], much like the way [[clergy]] partake of the [[sacrament]] even today.