Fr Sergei Svesnikov Parish Priest of Holy New Martyrs of Russia (FB) in Mulino, Oregon has written a book on the Bread used for Eucharistic Liturgy. Break the Bread Oh Master: A Theology of Communion Bread which has been available in soft cover is now available on Kindle as well. (Just in time for Xmas a wonderful gift for the Prosphora Bakers in your parish-editor)
“This work examines the history, theology, and praxis of the use of sacramental bread in traditional Christianity. From the Last Supper to the Great Schism, and from Christology to ecclesiology and Christian anthropology—the symbolism of bread has dominated Christian history and belief. What kind of bread did Christ offer to His disciples at the Last Supper? Why do Roman Catholics and the Orthodox disagree on how to bake bread? What is the significance of the symbolism of bread for Christian theology and praxis? This book addresses these and many other questions. Scholars and bakers, clergy and lay folk alike—all are invited to take a closer look at that which speaks of our unity—one loaf to represent one Body.” (from the website)
A review of the book on AFR by Jan Myer can be heard here. An interview with Fr Sergei about the book can be heard here on OCN. Fr Sergei also has published 2 other books: Imagine That…: Mental Imagery in Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Private Devotion and The Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysotom: Parallel Slavonic-English Text. And just to fill up his free time he has a Russian and English Blog.
For those who are interested in learning more about the how to’s of Baking Prosphora I recommend Prosphora.org The only place in the World Wide Web devoted exclusively to Orthodox Christian Bread. You will find recipes, baking tips, stamps, videos etc…