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What the bleep, LibreOffice?

I’ve been making new templates for reader notes for the church, because we have one singer/reader per Liturgy now and not all singers are experienced readers so we’re including more information. Here’s how the new templates show up in the Open File dialog (and in the Open Template dialog, which is the same dialog but

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Risen indeed

When I was thirteen I was the only person in my family who liked church. My parents were lapsed Lutherans and I was in Lutheran catechism class, having been evicted from the children’s choir a year earlier because I turned alto. (So did my friend, and she and I were the mainstay of the children’s

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Scaffolding

I’m glad I’m a woman. Not only in general terms though that’s true too, but I’m glad I’m a woman with a strong liturgical calling in the Orthodox church. If I were a man I’d probably be a deacon or even a priest now. I don’t agree with women not being allowed in the altar

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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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