Posts Tagged: holy week

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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Vespers and Liturgy of Holy Saturday

Time: 2:50 Total: 4:40 Grand total: 14:30 Congregation: at least 50 Crew: Altar: Fr T, Fr R, both hypodiakons, 7-year-old altar boy, slightly older altar boy who hadn’t served before (a parishioner’s grandson, his grandfather was VERY PROUD and took pictures). Choir: 5 sopranos, 2 altos, Regular Bass and Occasional Bass. A Protestant (well, up

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Matins of Holy Saturday

Time: 1:50 Grand total: 11:40 Congregation: 25 or so, several children Crew: Altar: Fr T, Fr R, Hypodiakon S. Hypodiakon S’ wife, who is a great organizer of processions, is home sick[1] so we forgot to take the cross in the procession (only realized when we were back and wondered why it was so quick).

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Vespers of Good Friday

Time: 1:15 Total: 5:50 Grand total: 9:45 Congregation: 80? didn’t even think of counting Crew: Altar: Fr T, Fr R, Hypodiakon S, 22-year-old acolyte (who used to come regularly when he was a boy but now lives elsewhere and only comes occasionally, usually around Easter), little 7-year-old acolyte. Choir: 5 sopranos (one inexperienced and just

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