^Thanks, Subdeacon. The thing that struck me was that the leave-taking was set at 8 days. For most feasts, excepting Pascha, of course, and Presentation of our Lord, the leave-taking is usually set at 7 days where as for the two I mentioned it is 40 days and variable depending on how close we are to Triodion. So, why was 8 the standard for the Syrians? And was there no apodosis in the other Byzantine churches? THe Syrians obviously had much further to go to get to Ephesus than many other delegations but those delegations seemed to bypass any leave-taking and head right to Ephesus.