Vespers and Liturgy of Holy Saturday

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Service: 7 of 9  Time: 2:45  Total: 4:35  Grand total: 13:22

Crew:  Altar: Fr T and three acolytes. One, a teenage boy, only got into a sticharion after he’d read his Old Testament reading.  Choir: SSSAAT. Young Soprano directed the glorification when I was reading from the Book of Daniel.  Readers: young and older people from the parish, in Dutch, Ukrainian, Church Slavonic and Russian.

Oops! I really need to add an acute accent to “Ninevé” because the reader consistently pronounced it as [ni’ne:və] rather than [‘ninəve:].

One litany wasn’t the one I expected (when I made the book I thought “ah yes, a litany” and forgot to check which one) and we and Fr T couldn’t agree on the pitch. Eventually we both gave up and it came together with no effort.

For Future Me: Still some missing litanies, replace one page that we have a newer and better version of though the older version works too, and painstakingly amend the readers’ book with all the acute accents, by hand because it’s not serious enough to print whole new pages. But the readers’ book worked! I read from it myself so I know it’s easy, unless you’re as dyslexic as one of the readers who so much wanted to do it and had so much trouble. (Note to self: ask them if there’s anything I can do to make it easier for next year, like a different font or more line spacing.) And I wish there was a way to make the Jonah reader say “reading OF the Book of Jonah” rather than second-guess what is actually printed in the readers’ book and say “reading FROM the Book of Jonah” because we’re reading the Book of Jonah in its entirety.

Let all mortal flesh keep silence was even better than last year, another result of practicing with Young Soprano. (I’ll miss her when she goes to follow her calling. She’s already my sidekick, and I’d so hoped to train her to take over for me when I’m ready to retire.)

I’d kept last night’s binder in the bag and even had it open on the other side of the music stand, but we didn’t need it because we all love the Vespers stichera so I used those for the clergy Communion, and it was exactly enough.

Some things that struck me in the readings:

Exodus 12:4  And if the household is too small for the lamb, let him and his neighbor next to his house take it according to the number of the persons; according to each man’s need you shall make your count for the lamb. –Our next-door neighbours are vegetarians! But I don’t suppose any of the Israelites were.

Exodus 14:7  Also, he took six hundred choice chariots, and all the chariots of Egypt with captains over every one of them. –Six hundred chariots and all the chariots.

And am I really the only one who reads a suspicion of smut into this: 2 Kings 4:14-15 So he said, “What then is to be done for her?” And Gehazi answered, “Actually, she has no son, and her husband is old.”  So he said, “Call her.” When he had called her, she stood in the doorway. Then he said, “About this time next year you shall embrace a son.”

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