Posts Tagged: holy week

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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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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