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#1 Sbdn. Peter Simko

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Posted 23 September 2016 - 04:19 PM



If they fall on Wednesday or Friday, do the Theotokia after the Kontakia at the First and Sixth Imperial Hours of Nativity and Theophany get switched out with the typical Stavrotheotokia (Be quick to anticipate our foes... / Most glorified art thou, O Virgin Theotokos...)?  Or do they remain as usual for the other weekdays (With heart and mouth let us... / Since thou art a well-spring of pity...)?  Thank you.

#2 Phoebe K.

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Posted 23 September 2016 - 05:36 PM

As far as I know the Royal hours the eve of the Nativity, the eve of Theophony and Great and Holy Friday have all the changes to the hours services are marked in the Menon and Tiodion respectively.  In the great menon I use (the one translated by Metroplotan Kilostos) sets out all of the service with the varables specific for the feast, which as they are related to fixed dated feasts which override the pattern of the weekly letergics and do not change. The only change leturgicly is that the hours are done on Friday if the feast falls on the Sunday, rather than doing the hours on the Saturday.  


On the whole the services of a great feast override the pattern of the week, they all reduce the level of fasting if they fall on a fasting day or in a fast period because of this, with the exception of Nitivity, Theophony and Pascha which are always fast free and the Elivation of the Cross which is always a fast.

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