Bread and Salt

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The offering of Bread and Salt, a Slavic welcoming custom as symbols of hospitality, is widely observed by Orthodox Christian communities of Slavic origin when a bishop is welcomed to a church or monastic community with a loaf of bread topped with a salt cellar placed on an embroidered towel.

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The symbology has its origins in the words of Christ when he said, “I am the bread of life” and “You are the salt of the earth.”

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