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BREAD (symbolic)

Represents the Eucharistic, especially the broken loaf reminiscent of the Disciples at Emmaus, who on Easter Sunday recognized Christ in the "the breaking of the bread" (Luke 24:30). Often referred to as the staff of life, bread is the emblem of several saints noted for their feeding of the poor, e.g., St. Roch (1295-1378), the mendicant friar, and St. Geneviève (422-500), patroness of Paris, St. Elizabeth of Hungary (1207-1231), whose hidden loaves were changed into roses when her benevolence needed secrecy. St. Anthony of Padua's (1195-1231) gifts were universally referred to as "St. Anthony's Bread," soon transferred into food for the hungry.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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