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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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Choir interlude

Half the choir is on holiday, at conferences, visiting family abroad — Choirmistress for one, and also A who directs when Choirmistress isn’t there, and Regular Bass, and Trainee Tenor’s alto wife. But we have E, who is here for six months as an exchange student from Belgium (an alto), and J, a bass, who

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