Posts Tagged: holy week

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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Matins and First Hour of Holy Thursday

Time: 1:40 Congregation: total of 7, coming and going so there were 2-5 people at any time. Cutest: 1-year-old boy who is in church every Sunday but had never seen it in the dark before. Crew: Altar: Fr T and Fr R; Matins isn’t even much work for one priest but Fr R did some

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Injustice

Every year Holy Week is about something else, and it’s not always what I expect when I go into it. This year –and I found out on Thursday night, in the Matins of Good Friday, sort of average– it’s about injustice. Gross, harsh injustice, not only against Christ but apparently against all humanity. This makes

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Putting words in His mouth

I must have been sleeping through last year’s (and earlier) Royal Hours of Good Friday, or perhaps it was my particular awareness of the God-nature of Christ, but I couldn’t stand this in the Third Hour: As you were dragged to the Cross, Lord, you cried out thus: For what work do you wish to

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