. An corruption of the word aparche, which means “beginning of a sacrifice” or “first fruit.”

uses this word for the Eucharistic wine in order to highlight the symbolism of as our sacrifice and the first raised among mankind. This wine is either made from dried raisins or grapes.

It is noteworthy to mention that wine has played an important role in the life of the . The site of the Monastery of St. at contains a indicating the quality of wine issued for each feast.

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