About how long does the Christmas vigil last? This is my first Christmas service in the eastern rite, so I'm used to the idea of a Midnight Mass, but the parish I'm going to starts its vigil pretty early- 6:30.
Anastasios,Anastasios said:Well at our cathedral vigil lasts for 5 hours (Compline, Matins, Liturgy) from 1030 pm to 330am, but obviously we are not the average parish in America. LOL It's great though--I really love the liturgical progression.
Part of the confusion may occur because we have overlapping feasts: The Resurrection (which is not being chanted at all this year, btw), the forefeast, the forefathers.Aposticha (...)
Glory. Tone 2. By Cyprian.
Hail honoured Prophets, who excellently ordered the Law of the Lord and by your faith appeared as indestructible, unshakeable pillars; for you were seen as the mediators of the New Testament of Christ; and now that you have passed over into heaven, implore him to grant peace to the world and to save our souls.
Both Now. Forefeast. Same Tone.
See, the time of salvation is at hand; Cave prepare, the Virgin draws near to give birth. Bethlehem, land of Juda, rejoice and be glad, for our Lord has dawned from you. Hearken, mountains and hills, and the countries around Judea; for Christ is coming to save mankind whom he fashioned, for he loves mankind.
Ahh the fun and confusion of the Great Feast and the Typikon. As Cleveland was explaining about the order of the feast since it falls on a Monday this year this also effects the order of the Vigil. When the feast allows for the Liturgy of St. Basil to be served the Vespers is part of that service so The Vigil then includes Great Compline to fill void. It was very rare to have the complete Christmas Vigil served in many Antiochian and Greek parishes in this country because believe it or not Christmas isn't the big feast in this cycle but rather Theophany is. Up until 15 years ago it was common to just have a vesperal liturgy served in many Antiochian parishes. Christmas became a big holiday in Russia because of the close ties to the European monarchy during the Victorian period but in the Mediterranean Theophany remained the bigger celebration.scamandrius said:Correct me if I am wrong, but aren't you Old Calendarist Greek Orthodox? If not, forgive my assumption, but if so, I thought according to the Greek Typicon, the Vigil consisted of both Vespers and Matins and Great Compline not used.
And does anyone know why the Slavs use Great Compline while Antioch and Constantinople use Vespers and skip Compline? I'd like to know.