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[[Image:Zapivka.jpg|right|thumb|The faithful partaking of ''zapivka'', Holy Protection Russian Orthodox Church, Düsseldorf]]
'''Zapivka''' (Russian: Запивка, "washing down") is the liturgical practice in the Orthodox Church whereby the faithful will partake of ''[[antidoron]]'' (blessed bread) and some wine diluted with warm water after receiving [[Holy Communion]].<ref>Isabel Hapgood, ''Service Book of the Holy Orthodox-Catholic Apostolic Church'', (Englewood NJ: Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese, 1975), p 119</ref>
The purpose of ''zapivka'' is to wash any remnants of the Body and Blood of Christ from the mouth lest anyone inadvertently spit some of the Sacred [[Mysteries]] ([[Eucharist]]) out. The method of partaking of the ''zapivka'' is to first take three sips of the warm wine, then consume the [[antidoron]].
The [[clergy]] also partake of ''zapivka''. The priests and deacons who communicated will partake of the ''zapivka'' immediately after receiving Holy Communion, except for the deacon (or priest, if there is no deacon serving) who will perform the [[w:Ablution_in_Christianity#Eastern_and_Oriental_Christian|ablutions]] (consume the remaining Mysteries).<ref>Archpriest Feodor Kovalchuk, ''Abridged Typicon'', (South Canaan, PA: St. Tikhon's Seminary Press, 1985) p. 85)</ref> He will then receive ''zapivka'' after finishing the ablutions. After consuming the ''zapivka'' all of the clergy will rinse their hands and their lips.
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