The priest takes the first loaf in his left hand and with the lance in his right hand he makes the sign of the Cross while saying three times:
"In remembrance of our Lord and God and Savior, Jesus Christ."
The priest then cuts a cube out of the center with the spear and pronounces the words of the Prophet Isaiah:
"Like a lamb that is led to the slaughter. Like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, he does not open his mouth. He has been humiliated and has no one to defend him. Who will ever talk about his descendants? Since his life on earth has been cut off." (Is. 53:7-8).
This cube-shaped portion, called the Lamb, is placed on the diskos. Then the priest cuts a cross in the bottom of the Lamb while saying the words:
"The Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world is sacrificed for the life and the salvation of the world."
He then pierces the right side of the Lamb with the spear, saying the words of the Evangelist:
"One of the soldiers pierced His side with a lance. And immediately here came out blood and water; and this is the evidence of one who saw it, and he knows he speaks the truth." John 19:34-35.
Wine is then poured into the chalice mixed with water. From the second loaf, the priest cuts out one portion in honor of the Theotokos and places it on the diskos to the right side of the Lamb. From the third loaf, which is called "that of the nine ranks," are taken nine portions in honor of the saints, St. John the Forerunner and Baptist, the prophets, the Apostles, the hierarchs, the martyrs, the monastic saints, the unmercenaries, Joachim and Anna, the saint who is celebrated on that day, Saints Constantine and Elena to whom our church is dedicated, and finally the saint who composed the liturgy being celebrated. These portions are placed on the diskos to the left side of the Lamb. From the fourth loaf, portions are removed for the hierarchs, the priesthood, and all the living. From the fifth loaf, portions are taken for those who have reposed.