Posts Tagged: holy week

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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Royal Hours and Typika of Good Friday

Time: 1:50 Total: 4:35 Grand total: 8:30 Congregation: about 2 Crew: Altar: Fr R and Fr T alternating the hours; Hypodiakon S (the other hypodiakon was there at the beginning but was overcome by incense fumes, it was only work for one man anyway) Choir: Choirmistress and I and Occasional Bass, who also alternated the

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Matins of Good Friday

With the Twelve Passion Gospels. Time: 2:45 Grand total: 6:40 Congregation: 6 at the beginning, 8 in the middle, 2 at the end. Only Tertia was there all the time. Crew: Altar: Fr R, poor man, his first 12 Passion Gospels service ever as a priest and he was on his own. We went through

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Vespers and Liturgy of Holy Thursday

Time: 2:15 Total: 3:55 Congregation: 11. All the men with beards, except the 1-year-old boy; 4 women with headscarves including 1 in the choir (me). Crew: Altar: Fr T, Fr R and the two hypodiakons. Choir: 5 women and a bass again. Tonight we’ll be much reduced because Fr T, the bass, and 3 of

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