In modern times it is impossible to imagine a festive Easter table without cakes and pastas.
Now few people think about the symbolic meaning of this Easter meal.
However, in the first centuries of Christianity, believers remembered the origin of the tradition of making Easter cakes and Easter.
Feast of the Holy ResurrectionWas solemnly celebrated already from the first centuries of Christianity, despite the fact that the believers were persecuted by the Roman authorities. Christians held a real feast at home. Bread was placed in the center of the table. This was a symbolic designation of the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ Himself.
Later, when Christians were able to openly conductWorship services in churches, the church liturgical life included the tradition of making Easter artos (the artos are baked for the holiday of Easter and now). The artos symbolized the ancient tradition of the figurative presence of Christ in the homes of the first Christians celebrating Easter. The artoses were consecrated at the end of the Bright Week and were distributed to the believers. This is what is happening now in Orthodox churches.
When the Christian worldview cameThe idea that the family is a small church, believers simply could not leave this home church without their "artos". So there was a tradition to bake such artioses in the form of cakes. Thus, Easter cake was a kind of symbol of the triumph of Christians on the feast of the Resurrection of Christ. This Easter treatise symbolized the invisible closeness of the very Savior of the world.
The making of a shepherd also has an ancient history. Currently, this product is a curdled mass in the form of a kind of elongated pyramid. This form is determined by the memory of the tomb of Christ. Despite the fact that in ancient times Jews buried their people in caves, the form of a kind of tomb of the Holy Sepulcher took place in the minds of Christians. Thus, the Passover was a reminder of the Holy Sepulcher, from which the light of the glorious Christ of the Resurrection shone. At present, the Passover itself is adorned with the letter symbols "ХВ", which means Christ is Risen.