The Gospel reading in Orthros
Posted 08 February 2011 - 12:30 PM
Thanks anyone for your help.
Posted 08 February 2011 - 02:59 PM
In Christ- Fr Raphael
Posted 08 February 2011 - 07:17 PM
The 11 Resurrectional Gospel readings for Sunday Orthros (Matins) have corresponding hymns within the Orthros - the Exapostilaria (after the Megalinarion/Magnificat) and the Doxastika (after the Ainoi/Lauds). In the Greek tradition, if the a feast of the Lord falls on the Sunday, the Resurrectional Gospel reading is replaced by the prescribed Festal Gospel reading for Orthros and is read at the Royal Doors/Beautiful Gate opposed to the right side of the altar (as is the case with the Resurrectional Gospel). I cannot readily find a patristic reference, so I may be mistaken - but, the reason for the reading at the right side of the Holy Altar is directly related to the account of the Angel at the Tomb (Mark 16:1-8). All Sundays maintain the Paschal joy, as is found in the beautiful Evlogitaria ... with one slight exception, the Saturday of Lazarus contains the Resurrectional Evlogitaria and mirrors a Sunday Divine Liturgy in its Resurrectional nature. Palm Sunday, however, does not contain the Resurrectional Evlogitaria and, since it is a feast of the Lord, the Orthros Gospel reading is related to the day.
Weekday Orthros with Divine Liturgy is slightly different and depends upon whether or not there is a prescribed Orthros Gospel reading. For example, on January 1st, the prescribed Orthros Gospel reading (John 10:1-9) is tied to the commemoration of St Basil. The Gospel reading prescribed for the Divine Liturgy (Luke 2:20-21, 40-52) is related to the commemoration of the Circumcision of Our Lord. The Exapostilarion and the Doxastikon for the weekday Orthros on this day covers both (two Exapostilarion and two Doxastikon). The Orthros as a whole is beautifully connected, especially in light of the hymns, and prepares the heart for the Divine Liturgy which follows.
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