Posts Tagged: holy week

Vespers and Liturgy of Holy Saturday

Time: 2:45  Total: 4:40  Grand total: 14:30 Crew: Altar: Fr T and two acolytes. I heard later that Deacon V wanted to come but couldn’t for some reason; perhaps not tonight either but I’m not sure of that. Choir: SSSAAT, with one A away to read some of the time but two sopranos could fill in and

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Matins and First Hour of Holy Saturday

Time: 1:55  Total: 1:55  Grand total: 11:45 Crew: Altar: Fr T with an acolyte, though a boy on the side looked longingly at the goings-on and got to hold the censer at some point. Choir: SSSSAABB (I had to tell the basses to sing softly more than once because they were so pleased with there being

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Vespers of Good Friday

Time: 1:15 (Emerita Choirmistress and I tried to estimate how long it would take, and I said “about an hour for the Vespers and then twenty minutes for venerating the Epitaphion”, and she had about the same idea, and we were right)  Total: 6:00  Grand total: 9:50 Crew: Altar: Fr T and an acolyte. Good

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Royal Hours and Typika of Good Friday

Time: 2:15  Total: 4:45  Grand total: 8:35 Crew: Altar: Fr T, not exactly in the altar, he only went there occasionally to fetch or return the censer. Choir: (well, let’s call it “readership” because there’s very little to sing) SAB Once again (noticed already last night) this, John 18:28: “Then they led Jesus from Caiaphas to the

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Matins of Good Friday

Time: apparently 2:30, which seems uncommonly quick, but though it says “about 3 hours” in the front of the book I’ve got 2:45, 2:40 and 2:35 in previous years, five minutes faster every year. I can ascribe at least some of that to more familiarity = better flow; also we didn’t venerate the Cross because

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Vespers and Liturgy of Holy Thursday

Time: 1:50 Total: 3:50 Crew: Altar: Fr T and one acolyte. Choir: SSAA, the soprano with the huge range singing melody parts occasionally but I didn’t want to assign her the melody part of the Eucharistic Canon in order to sing alto myself, because we were following Fr T’s pitch and he was on the

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Matins and First Hour of Holy Thursday

This is my first Holy Week as choirmistress so I do want to keep a record, but I won’t be able to count the congregation, just the altar and the choir! Time: slightly under 2 hours, not counting the panichida; let’s make it a round 2 hours including the panichida Total: 2:00 Crew: Altar: Just

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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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