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Offline Timos

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Monastery All-Night Vigil
« on: January 05, 2006, 01:16:56 PM »
Hi, I'm going to (St. Kosmas-ÃŽÂ ατροκοσμας)  monastery vigil tonight for the feast of Theophany/Epiphany.

What happens @ a vigil? Its starting @ 9 pm and ending @ 1 am.

Does anyone know of the texts of a general vigil?

I'm guessing its like an extended Vespers service. Is it also a liturgy @ the end?

I've been once to a vigil as a little kid and I remember some nuns shaking the chandelier in circles til the flames' reflections were 'dancing' on the icons and walls- that was pretty cool to see.

Theres also a Vesperal Divine Liturgy @ my home parish. Not sure which one to go to lol...so many services, only one decision.

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Re: Monastery All-Night Vigil
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2006, 01:22:59 PM »
If it is only 4 hours, chances are it is Great Vespers, Festal Matins, Divine Liturgy of Saint Basil the Great...
- the shaking of the lamps is at "Let Every Breath" (the Αίνοι of Orthros)...
- they may have Artoclasia with the Vespers, but probably not if the service is so short... on long Vigils (All-Night Vigils) they'll do the Artoclasia, and then distribute the bread to be eated - to provide energy to go through the vigil.

I love vigils - we've been trying to do them fairly regularly at school (almost one per month)...
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Re: Monastery All-Night Vigil
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2006, 01:30:28 AM »
Russians don't serve Liturgy at the Vigil..
got to go back in the morning.

It's not an All-Nite Vigil if it doesn't end at 4 AM. :)

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Re: Monastery All-Night Vigil
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2006, 01:32:19 AM »
If you're referring to the normal mini-vigil, then you're right...
But I am talking about the serious vigil - because in the olden days vigils would always end in Liturgy, and that's the way we do them at school... It is also what would occur for the Church at large around the biggest of feastdays - we still do it around Pascha (although it is a shortened vigil as it is practiced currently)...
"O Cross of Christ, all-holy, thrice-blessed, and life-giving, instrument of the mystical rites of Zion, the holy Altar for the service of our Great Archpriest, the blessing - the weapon - the strength of priests, our pride, our consolation, the light in our hearts, our mind, and our steps"
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