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Holy Friday Vigil

Last night was Holy Friday (Good Friday) for Orthodox Christians. There is a tradition of some of the faithful keeping vigil at the tomb from the end of the Lamentations service until Liturgy on Holy Saturday morning. 273 more words

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Seeing Thee Hanging On The Cross

From the Apostica at Holy Friday Matins

Byzantine Chant, tone two.


The Utter Destruction of Death

Stichera from the Presanctified Liturgy of the Sixth Wednesday of Great Lent:

Plagal of the First Mode
Verse 8. Out of the depths have I cried to Thee, O Lord, Lord hear my voice.

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Kassia and the Fallen Woman of Holy Week

Until recently, I thought Hildegard was the oldest woman hymn composer with extant hymns still sung, but she was in the Western tradition.  Others in the Eastern Orthodox tradition are even older.  706 more words

Pastitsio and Byzantine chant: in which one finds, at the very least, the best pastitsio recipe ever (also the worst)

Some friends the other night made a Moroccan chickpea stew for us. One of them said that he had altered the recipe a little bit with what he’d had on hand; I turned to Flesh of My Flesh and said, “See? 3,672 more words