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pheme fimi polichronis many years god grant you many years

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#1 Sbdn. Peter Simko

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Posted 10 December 2013 - 05:57 PM

Greetings everyone!

Two curious questions:

What is the difference between the polichronis and fimi of a bishop?  Aren't they both primarily hymns that say "many years"?  Some examples can be found here:


Secondly, do both or either of these correlate with the deacon's call for "many years" to be sung in the Slavic practice?  Or is this something totally different?

A holy fast to you all!

#2 Niko T.

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Posted 11 December 2013 - 12:13 AM

The "fimi" of the bishop is used liturgically (during the Divine Liturgy, following Trisagion hymn) to identify the bishop, the metropolis or area which he is responsible for, and prays that he be granted "many years" from the Lord.


The "Polychronion" is a very similar hymn, though it's my impression that this does not have a specific liturgical use in current practice. It is often used para-liturgically (e.g. after the service in the church, in a reception hall, etc.) similarly to pray that God grant our hierarch "many years".


Of note, though the polychronion is usually chanted in honor of a bishop, there are versions that I have seen written for an Abbot of a monastery, other clergymen, and in the past years, even for kings, emperors, or (under Turkish domination) a sultan...

#3 Anthony Stokes

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 04:59 PM

The Fimi (a term I'm not familiar with) seems to be similar to the Diptychs that might be sung at a Primatial liturgy before the Trisagion.


The Polychronion is sung in Russian churches at the end of a service, and usually includes the Primate and the other ruling bishops of that Diocese, plus petitions for all Orthodox Christians, civil authorities, etc.  Here is the one we use in our diocese:



This is typically only sung when the bishop is not present.  The many years intoned by a deacon is something done when the bishop is present and follows a different format.


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