Our Bishop will be at our 5am Paschal service this year. Can anyone tell me what to expect?
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As a note to others - from a theoretical standpoint, the Divine Liturgy is only 100% complete in form when the Bishop is present (so, technically what we do most Sundays without him is a bit abbreviated).
So what's "added" (more like "not truncated this time") to the Divine Liturgy typically when a hierarch serves?
- Any commemorations of the Bishop (by name) will include a chanting of "Many years, Master."
- The Small Entrance will include a blessing by the Bishop, followed by his censing of the Church during the hymns following.
- The Trisagion Hymn will be sung 5 times instead of 3: 2 by choirs, 1 by clergy, 1 by choir, 1 by clergy.
- After "Glory... Both now... Holy Immortal...", the Trisagion hymn will be repeated split into 4 parts, with the Bishop blessing at each of the 3 breaking points (3 breaks = 4 parts) with the verse "Lord, Lord, look down from heaven and behold and visit this vineyard..." which will be followed by the "Dynamis"
- After the "Dynamis" will come the chanting of the hymn "Lord, save the faithful" (2 or 3 times) and "And hearken unto us" (1 time)
- After this, the commemoration of the hierarchs: first, the president of the Synod that your hierarch sits on (or, if he is the head of an Autocephalous Church, he will commemorate the heads of the Autocephalous Churches); then the hierarch that is serving.
- At the Great Entrance, the Hierarch will remain at the Beautiful Doors while the clergy bring to him the paten and chalice; at the reception of each, he will commemorate names of the living and dead, including the president of his synod (or the heads of the autocephalous churches, depending on what he did earlier) and the clergy serving.
- For observation: at the reading of the Creed, instead of waving the Aer over the chalice in front of his face (as a Priest would do), the clergy will hold the Aer over the Bishop's head, which will be held in between the Aer and the chalice & paten.
- After the consecration and Megalynarion, at the commemoration of the hierarch, he will commemorate whomever he did at the Entrance, and then the rest of the clergy will commemorate him.
- At the end of the Liturgy, he will come out to say the dismissal prayer, flanked by the clergy present.