Christ Is Risen!
Question. Are the final verses following the recitation of the Six Psalms during Orthros, "Alleluia..Glory to Thee O God...," to be chanted rather than read? I had read that the Six Psalms are to be read; not intoned or chanted. Neither are we to even cross ourselves during the reading of these psalms in sequence. We should remain standing and still out in reverence, because of a pious teaching of the Church that the Six Psalms will be similarly read at the Final Judgement. Is anyone aware of this teaching? Is it correct that nothing, not even the verses following the these psalms, are to be intoned or chanted?
I am an amateur, assistant chanter, whose responsibilities at the Chanter's Stand are primarily the English language chanting and reading, in a Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America parish. If I do not know the tone of the hymn, I do not chant it. The parish's chanter, who I assist, (a chanter of the Greek psalti stereotype) told me that I'm wrong about this. He says the final verses after the Six Psalms are to be intoned, to set the tone for what follows the Six Psalms.
I would appreciate answers or comments to the inquiries above.