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Celebration of matins and vespers in Greece?
« on: January 31, 2014, 07:42:41 PM »
Travelling in Greece I often visit the orthodox church. The divine liturgy is celebrated every sunday. But what about matins and vespers?
Is it possible to say something about if they are celebrated at all - and if they are, how often?
As far as I understand the matins, vespers , hours etc are primarely celebrated in the monestaries. ?
I would really appreciate if somebody will enligthen me on this subject. Thank you in advance.
Lars - DK

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Re: Celebration of matins and vespers in Greece?
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2014, 07:57:05 PM »
Parish churches routinely celebrate a shortened form of Matins in the morning, followed straight afterwards by the Divine Liturgy. Vespers is held in the preceding evening.

Depending on resources and whether the day is of a feast, these services can also be held on days other than Saturday evening/Sunday morning.
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Re: Celebration of matins and vespers in Greece?
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2014, 08:13:21 PM »
Thanks a lot!!
So that means vespers on saturday night and matins before divine liturgy on sundays.
Is the shortened form of the matins some kind of "standard' or does it vary from church to church?

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Re: Celebration of matins and vespers in Greece?
« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2014, 08:24:43 PM »
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So that means vespers on saturday night and matins before divine liturgy on sundays.

Yes.
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Is the shortened form of the matins some kind of "standard' or does it vary from church to church?

Most churches vary little from one another.
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Re: Celebration of matins and vespers in Greece?
« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2014, 09:35:44 PM »
In my area
http://www.imnst.gr/index.php?id=12

1st column : Months
2nd column: Vespers
3rd column: Matins
4th column(only for sunday and feasts): divine liturgy

the other after the board are for christmas and easter days

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Re: Celebration of matins and vespers in Greece?
« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2014, 02:15:22 AM »
I wonder if your church is "big" (cathedral?) since you celebrate the vespers and matins (orthros) every day in the week?
Is your church located in the Thessaloniki area?

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Re: Celebration of matins and vespers in Greece?
« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2014, 02:24:37 AM »
I wonder if your church is "big" (cathedral?) since you celebrate the vespers and matins (orthros) every day in the week?
Is your church located in the Thessaloniki area?


no it's not big, the usual greek church,, the link is from cathedral but it's just info for all the churches in the area
this is the norm for all churches (I am not sure about the hours but probably it's the same)
yes I am from Thessaloniki

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Re: Celebration of matins and vespers in Greece?
« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2014, 03:46:19 AM »
Thank you Ersaia. I will take a closer look at the website you provided- I am sure I will need my dictionary!
And I am looking forward to study the Services in "my" local church in Kokkari - Samos.

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Re: Celebration of matins and vespers in Greece?
« Reply #8 on: February 01, 2014, 04:12:56 AM »
I search for you but I only found the program for christmas at saint Nickolas church at kokkari

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Re: Celebration of matins and vespers in Greece?
« Reply #9 on: February 01, 2014, 04:19:28 AM »
I guess I have to wait for the summer when we return to Kokkari  ;)