An artos (
Greek: Ἄρτος, "leavened loaf", "bread") is a loaf of leavened bread that is blessed during services in the
rite catholic churches. A large Artos is baked with a seal depicting the resurrection for use at
Pascha (Easter). Smaller loaves are blessed during
great vespers in a ritual called
Artoklasia and in other occasions like
feast days, weddings,
memorial services etc.
Ancient Greek meant "cake", "loaf of wheat-bread", collectively "bread",
 but in
Modern Greek it is now more commonly used in the context of
communion bread used in church, having been replaced in the broader context by the word ψωμί, psomi.
[n 1] This word is thought to be first attested in
Mycenaean Greek as the first
stem of the
compound word 𐀀𐀵𐀡𐀦, a-to-po-qo, "bakers", written in the