Posts By: irina

The King’s Deryni

Katherine Kurtz, The King’s Deryni I already had this in hardback, from the moment it was out (late 2014) but unfortunately it has such small type in a light font, in such huge line lengths, that my middle-aged eyes gave up. I thought I’d finished it regardless but the last 20% or so was a

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Vespers of Easter

Time: 0:25 Total: 3:25 Grand total: 17:40 Congregation: 25 or so. Daughter alerted me to a woman who had come in from the street who had noticed “there was something going on” and wanted to know what it was, and she stayed until the end. Crew: Altar: Fr T and a hypodiakon. Choir: SSSAAATT, sorely

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Christ is risen!

Time: 3:00 Grand total: 17:15 Congregation: Many. Lots. Crew: Altar: Fr T, one hypodiakon, 3 adult acolytes, 1 boy acolyte (who, according to the hypodiakon, was asleep most of the time) Choir: Everybody, except Intermittent Bass who was probably singing in Nijmegen. We got compliments for the singing, and a toast from Fr T at

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Vespers and Liturgy of Holy Saturday

Time: 2:45 Total: 4:50 Grand total: 14:15 Congregation: At least 90 because I heard Fr T count me as ’70’ at the blessing and there were twenty or more people behind me. Crew: Altar: Fr T, both hypodiakons and two adult acolytes. We’d have liked to have the really clever boy acolyte but he’s in

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Matins and First Hour of Holy Saturday

Time: 2:05 Grand total: 11:30 Congregation: looked as if there was hardly anybody at the beginning but we ended up at 10 or so, not counting the very populous choir. Crew: Altar (though mostly behind and around the epitaph): Fr T and an adult acolyte. Choir: SSSSAAATB. Rambling at times, mostly because we hadn’t practiced

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Vespers of Good Friday

Time: 1:05 Total: 5:30 Grand total: 9:25 Congregation: 40? Didn’t really count, this is a very rough estimate. Crew: Altar: Fr T, a hypodiakon, two adult acolytes (one was late and put on a sticharion that was much too short for him but couldn’t change that in time). Choir: SSSSAAAB, sorely missed a tenor but

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Royal Hours and Typika of Good Friday

Time: 1:50 Total: 4:25 Grand total: 8:20 Congregation: starting out 2, growing to 5 Crew: Fr T outside the altar with a hypodiakon to handle the candlestick and the censer, Choirmistress and I in the choir so we alternated hours and I got the Typika. This is such a wonderful understated service. I used to

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Matins of Good Friday

Time: 2:35 Grand total: 6:25 Congregation: 3-6, some staying all the time, others coming in later or leaving earlier or, in one case, both. Crew: Clergy (outside the altar): Fr T and an adult acolyte who was instructed by the hypodiakon (who wasn’t serving and left early to nurse his vestigial bronchitis) how to ring

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Vespers and Liturgy of Holy Thursday

Time: 2:10 Total: 3:50 Congregation: about 5, coming and going. Crew: Altar: Fr T, one hypodiakon and one adult acolyte. Choir: SSSAAT (Regular but Still Somewhat Trainee Tenor was holding his own very well) Nice no-nonsense service. Afterwards, over coffee and cinnamon bread and a glass of wine, a very good conversation between Fr T

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Matins and First Hour of Holy Thursday

Time: 1:40 Congregation: 1 man and 1 woman. But they did stay the for the whole service Crew: Altar: Fr T and 1 adult acolyte. Choir: SSSAATB! Both T and B were the non-regulars, who happen to have more experience than the regulars. We turned the church white before the service (in the early afternoon

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