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The use of the mid-hours
« on: June 08, 2009, 04:24:38 PM »
Are these only chanted/read during the Great Fast and other fasts of the year?  Also, should you proceed right into them or should you wait until about 7:30 for the first mid hour assuming you began the first hour right at 7:00?
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Re: The use of the mid-hours
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2009, 04:33:15 PM »
Are these only chanted/read during the Great Fast and other fasts of the year?  Also, should you proceed right into them or should you wait until about 7:30 for the first mid hour assuming you began the first hour right at 7:00?

They're not prayed during the Great Fast, when additional Kathismata from the Psalter and readings from The Ladder of St. John of Sinai are read instead. During the other fasts, you proceed right into the Mid-Hours.

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Re: The use of the mid-hours
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2009, 05:33:20 PM »
^Thanks, Orthodox 11.  So, the mid hours are only read/chanted during the Nativity, Apostles' and Dormition fasts then?
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Re: The use of the mid-hours
« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2009, 03:05:37 PM »
^Thanks, Orthodox 11.  So, the mid hours are only read/chanted during the Nativity, Apostles' and Dormition fasts then?

They're read on days outside the Great Fast when a threefold Alleluia is chanted in place of "God is the Lord" at Orthros. That's weekdays of the Nativity and the Apostles' fast. I'm not 100% sure about the Dormition Fast though, sorry.