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SMALL VESPERS

 

 

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Note that Small Vespers is sung only if there is to be an all-night Vigil. As with vespers on ordinary days the Holy doors remain closed throughout the whole service.

After the Dismissal of the Ninth Hour the Priest shall say:

Blessed is our God always, now and for ever: world without end.

And after saying Amen, the Reader shall read the introductory psalm.

Then

Kyrie eleison [3]  Glory be to the Father....  Now and for ever....

 And immediately the choir shall sing, Lord I have cried... and Let my prayer be set forth before Thee...  The rest of the verses shall be omitted up to the verse More than they watch for the morning: and the Choir shall sing 4 verses with the appointed hymns for the day and the Glory... Now and for ever.

At the Glory… Now… the Priest shall not make the entrance but straight after the Reader shall recite the evening hymn O Gladsome light”, followed by the prokhimenon of the day. And straightway the evening prayer Vouchsafe O Lord”.

The choir shall now sing the Aposticha and after the Aposticha the  Reader  

shall say the “Song of Symeon”:

Lord, now lettest Thy servant depart in peace...

After the Trisagion and the Lord’s Prayer, the Priest shall say:

For Thine is the kingdom, the power...

CHOIR: Amen.

The choir shall then sing the Apolytikion  and the Theotokion and the Priest shall say:

Wisdom.  And the rest of the Dismissal as of Great Vespers.