THE ENCYCLOPÆDIA BRITANNICA

A DICTIONARY OF ARTS, SCIENCES, LITERATURE AND GENERAL INFORMATION

ELEVENTH EDITION 1911

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AZYMITES (Gr. ἀ-, without; ζύμη, leaven), a name given by the Orthodox Eastern to the Western or Latin church31447-h.htm'>church, because of the latter's use of unleavened bread in the Eucharist, a practice which arose in the 9th century and is also observed by Armenians and Maronites following the Jewish passover custom. The Orthodox church31447-h.htm'>church strenuously maintains its point, arguing that the very name bread, the holiness of the mystery, and the example of Jesus and the early church31447-h.htm'>church alike, testify against the use of unleavened bread in this connexion.

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