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Facing directions for the Cherubikon

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#1 Sbdn. Peter Simko

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 12:46 PM

Friends,

I have a question from my wife.  Whenever we visit an Antiochian Orthodox parish, the clergy raise their arms during the Cherubic Hymn, and--turning together--face south, north, and east (I am not certain in which order...). I believe that this is while they read the hymn and the choir is singing.  Why do they face these different directions together?  Thanks!

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#2 Sbdn. Peter Simko

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Posted Yesterday, 09:50 PM

I wanted to point out that an Antiochian priest told me that he does not know the exact reason, but that it is an exclusively Antiochian practice which may be borrowed from the Liturgy of Saint James.







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