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[[Image:Antidoron.jpg|thumb|right|200px|Antidoron]]
'''Antidoron''' (from Greek, meaning "instead of the gifts"; in Arabic, '''''qurban''''') is the remaining bread from a loaf of [[prosphora]] after the Lamb has been removed for the Holy [[Eucharist]]. In Byzantine practice, it is blessed during the [[megalynarion]] to the [[Theotokos]] immediately after the [[epiclesis]] in the [[Divine Liturgy]] and is given by the [[priest]] to the faithful after the service. Historically, it was distributed only to those who had not received 'the Gifts', [[Holy Communion]] so that they would receive a Blessing in place of [[Holy Communion]] but this practice has changed over time and all those present at the [[Divine Liturgy]] receive [[Antidoron]] as a blessing.
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