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« on: November 04, 2009, 05:25:08 PM »

As we approach the season of the Nativity Fast, should all weekdays during the fast be treated as Alleluias and therefore replace "God is the Lord" at Matins?  Also, does that mean that we, who pray hours, should also chant the mid-hours as well?

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« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2009, 05:30:09 PM »

Hm, hard to say.  In my old Ruthenian common typicon (which has all the various "formats" of a given day's class), the Alleluia is sung as in the Great Fast on "Days of Alleluia in a Minor Fast," but not all weekdays are marked as such in last year's annual typicon as being such days.  I'd say about 1/3 of them are.

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« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2009, 06:46:14 PM »

IIRC the EP/Biolakis typikon says that Alleluias are done on Saturdays that have no major saint or major feast and the days of the Great Fast, so according to it you'd sing God is the Lord during Advent.

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« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2009, 02:26:46 PM »

IIRC the EP/Biolakis typikon says that Alleluias are done on Saturdays that have no major saint or major feast and the days of the Great Fast, so according to it you'd sing God is the Lord during Advent.

Advent is a special fast different from the others. It is less stringent and liturgically it does not have changes related to the fast. There is no prohibition of liturgy during the week and in some cases liturgy is served everyday. We do not switch to the anaphora of St. Basil. Let us also not forget that the fasting requirement are much less during most of the fast. It is only after the feast of St. Ignatius that we go into our normal strict fast.

We have talked about advent before, usually around this time every year. If you wish to talk about other aspects of Advent please look at some of the other topics. Here is one I found on the fasting practices... http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php/topic,18530.0.html

Another interesting discussion on western vs eastern in regards to Advent/Nativity Fast

More on liturgical practices, in particular Sarantaliturgo

These are just a few of the topics people may want to look at or comment on. I am sure there are a multitude of other threads in other sections of the board.


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