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Catholic Activity: Bread of Angels

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  • Bread of Angels wafers (Oplatek)
  • wine or grape juice
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Here is a lovely custom to practice on Christmas Eve to remind us that "all who partake of one bread are one body." This is based on the Polish Oplatek.

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Last year we served "Bread of Angels" on Christmas eve. Paper-thin wafers with Nativity scenes imprinted, these were blessed and given to each member of the family and to guests to symbolize that "all who partake of one bread are one body." With the Bread of Angels we used blessed wine. This simple fare helped us to keep the Christmas vigil fast and made it a pleasure to do so. The Bread of Angels was the gift of friends of Polish extraction.

Activity Source: Christmas to Candlemas in a Catholic Home by Helen McLoughlin, The Liturgical Press, Collegeville, Minnesota

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