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Midnight Office additional prayers from 22 Sept.


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#1 Clare G.

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Posted 18 September 2013 - 11:06 AM

What is the significance of the date 22 September as the start for the two additional prayers said in the weekday Midnight Office (Reader's Service) from then until Palm Sunday?

 

My uninformed guess is that this period roughly corresponds with winter in the northern hemisphere, when nights are longer (and colder) and perhaps more difficult to shake off sleep then?

 

I vaguely recall a similar rubric from the Sarum Breviary back in my Anglican days.



#2 Paul Cowan

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Posted 19 September 2013 - 05:24 AM

Trust me Clare, it doesn't get colder here until well into January. Dark is relative with Day Light savings time and all, but that is in November. It's still light out until 8:00pm here.

 

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#3 Rdr Andreas

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Posted 19 September 2013 - 09:30 AM

What are these two additional prayers?



#4 Clare G.

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 03:38 AM

This is how they are given on the St Jonah website http://www.saintjona...es/midnight.htm
Apologies for the underlining: it's like this on the website and I don't know how to delete it.
I think these prayers are attributed to St Basil.
 

It should be known that the following two prayers are said from September 22nd until Palm Sunday:
 
O Lord Almighty, God of hosts and of all flesh, Who dwellest on high and lookest down on things that are lowly, Who searchest the heart and innermost being, and clearly foreknowest the secrets of men; O unoriginate and everlasting Light, with Whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning: Do Thou, O Immortal King, receive our supplications which we, daring because of the multitude of Thy compassions, offer Thee at the present time from defiled lips; and forgive us our sins, in deed, word, and thought, whether committed by us knowingly or in ignorance, and cleanse us from every defilement of flesh and
spirit. And grant us to pass through the whole night of this present life with watchful heart and sober thought, ever expecting the coming of the bright and appointed day of Thine Only-begotten Son, our Lord and God and Savior, Jesus Christ, whereon the Judge of all shall come with glory to reward each according to his deeds.  May we not be found fallen and idle, but watching, and upright in activity, ready to accompany Him into the joy and divine palace of His glory, where there is the ceaseless sound of those that keep festival, and the unspeakable delight of those that behold the ineffable beauty of Thy countenance. For Thou art the true Light that enlightenest and sanctifiest all, and all creation doth hymn Thee unto the ages of ages. Amen.

We bless Thee, O Most High God and Lord of mercy, Who ever doest with us things both great and inscrutable, both glorious and awesome, of which there is no measure; Who grantest to us sleep for rest from our infirmities, and relaxation from the labors of our much-toiling flesh. We thank Thee that Thou hast not destroyed us with our iniquities, but hast shown Thy loving-kindness to man as usual, and while we were lying in despair upon our beds, Thou hast raised us up that we might glorify Thy dominion. Wherefore, we implore Thy boundless goodness: Enlighten the eyes of our understanding and raise up our mind from the heavy sleep of indolence; open our mouth and fill it with Thy praise, that we may be able steadily to hymn and confess Thee, Who art God glorified in all and by all, the unoriginate Father, with Thine Only-begotten Son, and Thine All-holy and good and life-creating Spirit, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.



#5 Olga

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 04:05 AM

I have now corrected the formatting in Clare's post above. :)



#6 Deacon John Martin

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Posted 22 September 2013 - 05:23 PM

This is because September 21 is the leave-taking of the Exaltation of the Cross. The rule also applies to the Polyeleos, which according to the Slavonic Typicon is sung on Sundays on or after September 22 through December 19, and then after January 14 until the Sunday of Cheesefare (plus Palm Sunday).



#7 Rdr Andreas

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Posted 22 September 2013 - 05:26 PM

Today, in the north, is the autumn equinox.



#8 Herman Blaydoe

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Posted 22 September 2013 - 06:41 PM

Unless you are on the Old Calendar, then the Equinox isn't for another 13 days, even though it actually happens today … 



#9 Rdr Andreas

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Posted 22 September 2013 - 09:18 PM

Since it did happen today, does this mean that the 'old calendar' is wrong, the symbolism being lost if the prayers are disengaged from the event?  If these prayers are to be considered 'winter prayers', presumably, the dates need to be changed for the southern hemisphere.



#10 Clare G.

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Posted 24 September 2013 - 04:09 AM

Thank you everyone for your contributions and suggestions: to Olga for the formatting correction, and especially to John Martin for pinpointing the liturgical links with the the leave-taking of the Exaltation of the Cross, and the Polyeleos on Sundays.

 

As for the southern hemisphere Equinox, it may be of interest that this year our clocks go forward on the night of 5th/6th October, 22nd/23rd Sept.on the Old Calendar. An equivalent winter period here would have to follow after Pascha and Pentecost, perhaps until the Forefeast of the Exaltation of the Cross, but that would be further removed from association with the Equinox.






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