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The '''spoon''' (Gr. λαβίδα) is used in the transmission of both elements of [[EucharistHoly Communion]] to the faithful. In early liturgical practice it was used only when administering of the Eucharist to the sick and infants. With the developments in Orthodox liturgics, and with the need for [[priests]] to serve the [[Divine Liturgy]] without the assistance of a [[deacon]], its use became commomplace. Originally the [[priest]] would place the Body of Christ in the palm of the receiver and the [[deacon]] would offer the [[chalice]], much like the way [[clergy]] partake of the [[sacrament]] even today.
[[Category:Liturgical objects]]

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