services

Vespers of Easter

Time: 0:25 Total: 3:25 Grand total: 17:40 Congregation: about 30, including several people who hadn’t been able to come in the night and some stray people from the local running event Crew: Altar: Fr T and both hypodiakons Choir: everybody, even one alto’s student daughter who sings soprano when she happens to be here This

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Christ is risen!

Time: 3:00 Grand total: 17:15 Congregation: lots at the procession (we saw the tail-end through the street from the next corner), dwindled to about 40 at Liturgy Crew: Altar: Fr T, one hypodiakon directing inexperienced adult acolyte (his second time to serve) and ditto 7-year-old acolyte Choir: SSSAAATB at Matins, one soprano and one alto

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Vespers and Liturgy of Holy Saturday

Time: 2:45 Total: 4:50 Grand total: 14:15 Congregation: Fr T said 60 at the final blessing, but at Communion it looked more; 14 of them were children (that’s everybody under 18 in his counting, so from the 6-week-old baby –who incidentally is going to be Tertia’s godchild when she gets christened on May 5– to

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Matins and First Hour of Holy Saturday

Time: 2:05 Grand total: 11:35 Congregation: about 20-25 Crew: Altar (though mostly behind and around the epitaph): Fr T and one hypodiakon. Auxiliary: Tertia as cross-bearer in the procession. Choir: SSSAATB, with Incipient Alto and Trainee Tenor singing what they could. Nice quiet expectant service, full of glimpses of the Resurrection. Tomorrow it will be even

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Vespers of Good Friday

Time: 1:05 Total: 5:35 Grand total: 9:30 Congregation: about 30 Crew: Altar: Fr T, both hypodiakons Choir: 3 sopranos, 2 altos, 2 basses (this is actually the whole choir in its current state except Trainee Tenor and Incipient Alto, who came in late and didn’t join the singing) I’ve never realised until now that Fr

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Royal Hours and Typika of Good Friday

Time: 1:50 Total: 4:30 Grand total: 8:25 Congregation: 5 Crew: Fr T outside the altar, 3 in the choir, all readers so we alternated (there are five discrete pieces, so Choirmistress and I got two each and Intermittent Bass one). Last year Adrian commented on a Holy Week post in which I mentioned Christ saying

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Matins of Good Friday

Time: 2:40 Grand total: 6:35 Congregation: about 10, trickling in at the beginning and out by the end. Auxiliary Tenor was among them with a teenage daughter; it was inopportune to ask him to sing, and anyway they left before the end. Crew: Clergy (outside the altar): Fr T and one hypodiakon who took care

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Vespers and Liturgy of Holy Thursday

Time: 2:15 (estimated) Total: 3:55 Congregation: goodness, didn’t count, but between 5 and 10 Crew: Altar: Fr T, both hypodiakons, S just out of hospital so quite shaky but at least he was there, handling the incense. Choir: 4 women, Trainee Tenor, Intermittent Bass. We had to hand Trainee Tenor his note occasionally but both

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Matins and First Hour of Holy Thursday

Time: 1:40 Congregation: 1 man who was there all the time, 1 man who Choirmistress asked in the choir (he used to sing with us, then got things to do on Thursdays and Sundays that prevented him coming to practice or services often enough, but he’s very pious and has a beautiful tenor voice and

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St Mary of Egypt, oh my!

Matins with the Great Canon of St Andrew of Crete and the reading of the life of St Mary of Egypt. Every year I tell myself I shouldn’t go to this service and most years I go anyway. I griped about it in 2005 and 2009, and¬†briefly in 2011; I’ll use the two 2005 posts,

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