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« on: August 03, 2009, 08:42:39 PM »

What are some of the other liturgies besides the Divine Liturgy and Vigil/Vespers and the Mysteries that one can expect in an Orthodox parish?  In Catholicism, there are novenas, rosary, eucharistic adoration and benediction, etc.  I am curious about what one can find besides the Divine Liturgy and other Mysteries in an Orthodox parish.

I would be attending an OCA cathedral if that helps.
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« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2009, 09:39:21 PM »

Well, there are multiple services and they vary depending on the parish and the time of year. As you have pointed out, there is the Divine Liturgy and the Saturday Vigil, consisting of Vespers, Matins, and Hours. Some churches periodically have Vigils on other days, and during Great Lent you can attend Presanctified Liturgies.

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« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2009, 10:19:24 PM »

As we are now in the Dormition Fast season, you should try to go to a Paraklesis service which is a service of supplication to the Theotokos (Mother of God).  It is wondrous.
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« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2009, 10:31:42 PM »

As we are now in the Dormition Fast season...

Keep in mind that this is an inquirer, and that most of Orthodoxy isn't in this season quite yet.
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« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2009, 10:33:07 PM »

Most of the special services I've attended occur during Great and Holy Lent.  There are numerous types of services that only occur during Lent.
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« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2009, 10:34:23 PM »

What are some of the other liturgies besides the Divine Liturgy and Vigil/Vespers and the Mysteries that one can expect in an Orthodox parish? 

One very common service which you will see in Orthodox churches is the Requiem Service for the dead, called a Panikhida in Russian.  Family and friends can request one of these at any time, either in the church or at the grave.  It can take from 10 minutes to 30 minutes depending on how much of the service the priests and people (or choir) decide tro sing.  Monasteries will do this service just about every day.
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« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2009, 11:10:07 PM »

As we are now in the Dormition Fast season...

Keep in mind that this is an inquirer, and that most of Orthodoxy isn't in this season quite yet.

True,  but here in America with the exception of ROCORs, the Serbs and those few Old-Calendar OCA churches, the vast majority are in the Dormition season.
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« Reply #7 on: August 03, 2009, 11:29:05 PM »

As we are now in the Dormition Fast season...

Keep in mind that this is an inquirer, and that most of Orthodoxy isn't in this season quite yet.

True,  but here in America with the exception of ROCORs, the Serbs and those few Old-Calendar OCA churches, the vast majority are in the Dormition season.

And the ACROD and Ukrainian Orthodox under the EP have many Julian Calender parishes not using the revised Julian Calender (aka new calender). 
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« Reply #8 on: August 04, 2009, 04:01:26 AM »

At my Parish apart from the services mentioned above there are two akathysts dedicated to the Parish patron Saint (St. George the Trophy-bearer), and the Saints whose relics we have got (Three Martyrs of Vilnius).

In EO Church Eucharist isn't adorated in a way RC Church does.
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« Reply #9 on: August 04, 2009, 05:59:32 AM »

What are some of the other liturgies besides the Divine Liturgy and Vigil/Vespers and the Mysteries that one can expect in an Orthodox parish?  In Catholicism, there are novenas, rosary, eucharistic adoration and benediction, etc.  I am curious about what one can find besides the Divine Liturgy and other Mysteries in an Orthodox parish.

I would be attending an OCA cathedral if that helps.

I don't know about the OCA, but in my Church, we celebrate the "Service of the Small Paraklesis (Supplication) to the Theotokos" daily from the 1st to the 14th August.
Also, in Lent, be sure to attend the weekday attend the Weekday Liturgies of The Presanctified Gifts and the accompanying Compline Services which include the Akathist Hymn to the Theotokos which is chanted in parts through Lent and finally completely.
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« Reply #10 on: August 04, 2009, 07:23:00 AM »

In addition to its daily celebration during the Dormition Fast, at my parish we do the Paraklisis every Wednesday evening all year round. The Romanian parish here does the same, but on Fridays.
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« Reply #11 on: August 04, 2009, 10:04:56 AM »

Here's a list of some of the services besides the Divine Liturgies of Sts. Basil the Great and John Chrysostom.

Daily Office: Found in the Horologion. 8 prayer services, starting with Vespers at sunset, usually observed only in monasteries. Parishes use parts of the Daily Office when they hold Vigils, etc.

Royal Hours: All of the hours at once, along with the Psalms from the Typika and other special prayers. These are read on Holy & Great Friday, as well as on the eve of the Feasts of Christ's Birth and Theophany.

Various Holy-Week-Only Services: Many liturgical customs -- even whole blocks of services -- are unique to Holy Week. No time to list them all. Fr. Calivas wrote a whole book on them.

Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts: Celebrated on weekdays during Great Lent. In U.S. parish practice, Wednesday & Friday, but can be done every weekday. It is an ancient Liturgy, which consists of Vespers, several special prayers/chants, and Holy Communion. Since weekdays in Lent are supposed to be times of somber reflection, there is no Anaphora/Consecration (a prayer of thanksgiving & jubilation). Rather, the priest uses bread that he consecrated, intincted and set aside during the previous Sunday's Divine Liturgy. According to Tradition, St. Gregory the Dialogist, Pope of Rome in the 6th century, wrote the Liturgy. Recent scholarship suggests he wrote it down after witnessing it in Constantinople, where it had already been practiced for some time.

Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete: A lengthy 7th century poem about repentance. Chanted during Great Lent at various times, depending on tradition, usually during the first week of Great Lent (considered to be the strictest fast/week of repentance). Often, it is chanted in parts during the first week's Great Complines, another Lenten service (see below).

Great & Small Compline, or Apodeipnon: Literally, the "after-dinner" service. Some scholars ascribe its original form to St. Basil the Great. It consists of Psalms, prayers and usually at least one Canon, read after dinner. Small Compline is read every day in monasteries and, depending on the speed and number of Canons, take 20 to 45 minutes. Great Compline is another beast, really. It is longer and penitential in nature -- and thus celebrated during Great Lent (and, in monasteries, as part of Vigil). Unlike Small Compline, which is merely read, it has several chanted portions (e.g. "God is With Us", "Lord of the Powers"), as well as some unique features (e.g. Prayer of Manasseh, from the Septuagint). In Greek parish practice in the U.S., Great Compline is often observed at least once a week during Great Lent. In the first week of Lent, is is also the service during which one chants the Canon of St. Andrew.

Great & Small Blessing of the Water, or Agiasmos: Always observed on the eve of the Feast of the Epiphany and on the feast itself. Some U.S. parishes, following the practice of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and some Greek monasteries, celebrate the Small Blessing of Water on the first day of every month. It is also customary to celebrate the Small Blessing at the "inauguration" of various things (e.g. beginning of school year, opening of a building, etc.). It is also customary for the priest to bless with holy water the home of every parishioner after Theophany. Often times, depending on the number of homes to be blessed, the priest & family will celebrate at least a good portion of the Small Blessing in the home itself.

The Blessing of Five Loaves of Bread, or Artoklesia: Usually done during a Vigil, or, in Greek parish practice in the US, during Great Vespers on the eve of major feast. It's a distinct service of thanksgiving, however, in which one blesses five loaves of sweet bread, along with representative samples of wheat, wine and oil.

Moleban/Paraklisis to Various Saints: Many exist, and are chanted at any time of need.

Anointing of the Sick: The whole liturgical service, including the Gospel and Epistle readings, is done whenever needed. Also, in Greek practice, on Wednesday of Holy Week.

Akathist Hymn: Nowadays, there are many Akathists. They are all modeled after THE Akathist Hymn to the Theotokos, a Byzantine poem written in the 6th century. This original Akathist is chanted as part of the Salutations, or Chairetismoi, service during Fridays in Great Lent -- at least in the Byzantine/Greek/Arab tradition. Don't think the Slavs do it.
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« Reply #12 on: August 26, 2009, 03:52:06 AM »

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This original Akathist is chanted as part of the Salutations, or Chairetismoi, service during Fridays in Great Lent -- at least in the Byzantine/Greek/Arab tradition. Don't think the Slavs do it.

We chant the Akathyst to Theotokos once during Great Lent (Saturday Matins - Friday evening, 5th week of Lent) but I don't know whether it is the one you've posted about.
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« Reply #13 on: August 26, 2009, 04:27:19 AM »

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This original Akathist is chanted as part of the Salutations, or Chairetismoi, service during Fridays in Great Lent -- at least in the Byzantine/Greek/Arab tradition. Don't think the Slavs do it.

We chant the Akathyst to Theotokos once during Great Lent (Saturday Matins - Friday evening, 5th week of Lent) but I don't know whether it is the one you've posted about.

Mike, it's the same akathist. During Great Lent, there is a difference in Slavic and Greek services dedicated to it.
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« Reply #14 on: August 29, 2009, 03:46:42 PM »

What are some of the other liturgies besides the Divine Liturgy and Vigil/Vespers and the Mysteries that one can expect in an Orthodox parish?  In Catholicism, there are novenas, rosary, eucharistic adoration and benediction, etc.  I am curious about what one can find besides the Divine Liturgy and other Mysteries in an Orthodox parish.

I would be attending an OCA cathedral if that helps.

I would not recommend that you attend the Great Canon of St Andrew of Crete (during Great Lent). It is, to say the least, a workout. Many prostrations up and down and up and down and up and down ...

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