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Prothesise – Architectural Elements Of Churches - Coptic Wiki


The term “prothesis” refers both to a small room in a where the elements of the are prepared and stored and the rite of preparation. In antiquity prothesis meant, among other things, the ceremonial lying in state of the inside the house. Later in usage the term referred to the ceremony, also called proskomide, dating from the late eleventh century, in which the bread and wine are laid out for the celebration of the Eucharist.

It also meant the small room on the north side of the sanctuary (see pastophorium, above) in which the ceremony takes place and the table that is used. The term for the room is haykal al-taqdimah (Graf, 1954, p. 89).

  • Descoeudres, G. Die Pastophorien im syro-byzantinischen Osten. Wiesbaden, 1983.
  • Graf, G. Verzeichnis arabischer kirchlicher Termini, p. 89. Louvain, 1954.