I had some questions that I thought would fit in this thread, so I'm resurrecting it.
Tom, the *usual* All-Night Vigil in Russian practice has Great Vespers joined to Matins as one continuous service, sometimes, but not in all places, even being preceded immediately by the Ninth Hour and followed immediately by the First Hour.
The basic form of the Vigil in Russian practice is Vespers and Matins together, with a couple of the hours tacked on to the beginning and end of the service in some places, according to the above. Now I know of the specific instances where Great Compline replaces Vespers in a Vigil, but how come some form of Compline is not standard practice in a Vigil? If you can have in some places a Vigil that is composed of Ninth Hour, Vespers, Matins, and First Hour, how come Compline is omitted? Doesn't the order of services require that Compline come after Vespers and before Matins?
The second question deals with something I read in a book. I'm reading The Mountain of Silence by Kyriacos Markides; it's a great book, although I have temporarily put it on hold to catch up with my philosophy and literature classes. I recommend it.
Anyway, in the book, one will often find references to monks doing "all night vigils", but the sense I get is that this is something privately undertaken, and not the public, in church, celebration that this thread for the most part speaks of. Does anyone know what this refers to? Do the monks sing the liturgical offices privately, and thus keep an all night vigil? Or is this a more private, less rigidly structured (in the sense that there are no rubrics, but it is something tailored to the person) practice, incorporating the Jesus Prayer and/or other things?