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« on: July 22, 2010, 12:18:25 PM »

I am researching for a paper on the various aspects of the Trisagion and have gathered material relating to the earlier centuries, but I am also interested in the use of the Trisagion in our various Orthodox Churches.

I would be grateful if members of the various traditions could let me know how the Trisagion is prayed in your liturgies. Does its form change with the seasons in your liturgical tradition? What is the form which is used?

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« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2010, 12:27:27 PM »

Replies 37-40 in this thread has the forms in the Armenian tradition:

http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php/topic,13200.msg359874.html#msg359874

It changes according to the time of year, what is being celebrated, etc.  During the liturgy it is sung during the "Little Entrance" (I think that is what it is called,) when the Gospel book is being carried around the altar, before the Gospel is read.  It is sung during other services also.

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« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2010, 07:20:58 AM »

I am wondering if anyone has access to the Patrologia Orientalis series? I need Homily 125 by St Severus of Antioch which is relevant to this study.

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« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2010, 03:28:56 PM »

In the Coptic Church the Trisagion does in fact change from season to season. Annually(also during fasts) Its Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, who was born of the Virgin, Have mercy upon us. Holy God...Who was crucified for us, Have Mercy upon us. Holy God...Who arose from the dead and Ascended into the Heavens Have mercy upon us.

On the feast of the Nativity and the 2 weeks that follow, the First verse is only said(3 times). During Holy Week, the second verse is only said. During the Feast of the Resurrection and the Holy 50 the third verse without the part mentioning his Ascension and after the feast of the Ascension the whole verse is said.

This Verse: Holy God...Who was baptized in the Jordan, Have mercy on us. Is said only on the Feast of Epiphany. Other than these 4 occasions All 3 verses are said.
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« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2010, 04:53:18 AM »

In the EOTC, the trisagion changes only during the Holly Week. The complete trisagion is said in all the other seasons. During nativity, resurrection and ascension, even though the complete trisagion is prayed, the parts that signify these events are sung while the rest part is simply read.

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