The word "Bethlehem" means "House of Bread". The breaking of the bread is a sign of charity, unity, and friendship. Religious family traditions and customs bring the truths of Faith into the home. One of these beautiful Christmas customs is the Christmas Wafer. A wafer bearing a simple design commemorative of Christ's birth is broken by the head of the family and distributed to each member. With a simple prayer for God's grace and the welfare of the present and absent members of the family, the head family member breaks the bread and distributes it, a piece to each one at the table. While doing so each member of the family is kissed and wished a joyful feast. The other family members then great each other in the same way.
The spiritual lesson in this age old custom is unity of family - the main pillar of society. The bond of unity is the Christ-like charity that should exist among the members of the family. The father of the family is the link in the unbroken chain of One Body, One Bread, One Christ, and One Church. The family joins him in this eternal procession no matter where they are. For there is a universal longing by men to be always with one another, with God.
All this brings to mind clearly our charity for one another, to seek salvation together. Family customs remind us that we seek and obtain salvation with the help of others at all times.
- Package includes 100 Oplatki Christmas Wafers in White
- Approx 3" x 5 1/2"