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Gettings vespers at parishes that don't offer it
« on: August 31, 2017, 01:41:03 PM »
I'm very happy at my ACROD parish, but one thing I sorely miss from my OCA days is vespers. I know that the cathedral and some parishes do offer it every week, but it seems most ACROD parishes ignore it and matins and just do the Sunday Liturgy. Still being a fairly new parishioner, with less than perfect Sunday attendance, I'm not in a position to be changing anything. I'm just wondering if others here have gotten their parishes to offer services they didn't before, and what that process was like.
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Re: Gettings vespers at parishes that don't offer it
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2017, 02:19:40 PM »
Have you spoken to the priest about the possibility of adding Vespers on Saturday evenings?  I know of a Serbian parish that was not regularly having Vespers.  Two people spoke up and volunteered to come as singers and readers and now they have Vespers on a regular basis.
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Re: Gettings vespers at parishes that don't offer it
« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2017, 02:20:56 PM »
Our parish does a pretty full cycle, I'd be pretty frustrated if there wasn't that opportunity. I think letting your priest know you're interested is a start, and offering to help read would be a step further. I know a priest who once referred to Saturday evening vespers as his "alone time with God,"  because no one would come but him. Our priest has an open invitation to all parishioners to do liturgy on their names day, if it isn't scheduled already, with the only condition being that you are willing to attend Vigil the night before.

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Re: Gettings vespers at parishes that don't offer it
« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2017, 03:00:21 PM »
I think letting your priest know you're interested is a start, and offering to help read would be a step further.
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Our priest has an open invitation to all parishioners to do liturgy on their names day, if it isn't scheduled already, with the only condition being that you are willing to attend Vigil the night before.

Wow, that's really great!
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Re: Gettings vespers at parishes that don't offer it
« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2017, 03:25:54 PM »
Surprising not to see Great Vespers on a Saturday, why is that?
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Re: Gettings vespers at parishes that don't offer it
« Reply #5 on: August 31, 2017, 03:33:45 PM »
Surprising not to see Great Vespers on a Saturday, why is that?

I don't know, but in some jurisdictions (eg mine, GOA) it seems unusual for parishes to offer weekly vespers. I would be happy even if they did it once a month.

I'm going to work myself up to broaching the subject with the priest and the head cantor.
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Re: Gettings vespers at parishes that don't offer it
« Reply #6 on: August 31, 2017, 03:53:17 PM »
I'm very happy at my ACROD parish, but one thing I sorely miss from my OCA days is vespers. I know that the cathedral and some parishes do offer it every week, but it seems most ACROD parishes ignore it and matins and just do the Sunday Liturgy. Still being a fairly new parishioner, with less than perfect Sunday attendance, I'm not in a position to be changing anything. I'm just wondering if others here have gotten their parishes to offer services they didn't before, and what that process was like.

Are there others in your parish who may be interested in having a vespers either during a weekday or on Saturday evening?  Strength in numbers.  Also, a consideration:  would you have chanters for the sung portions?  I think that many parishes simply do not have Vespers or even Orthros because they lack a choir and/or chanters and the parishioners don't feel qualified to sing/chant those portions themselves.
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Re: Gettings vespers at parishes that don't offer it
« Reply #7 on: August 31, 2017, 03:56:48 PM »
Based on my experience of being the only one to show up at any evening services, I don't expect I could successfully lobby for Vespers.
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