Re: [orthodox-readers] On what occasions does the celebrant bless the reader of the epistle?
- Since this is Vespers, would the Reader receive the blessing prior to the service? Otherwise who reads Ps 103, the kathisma, and all the rest that is assigned to the Reader? And why would the Reader recieve a blessing for the Apostle, but not for the Prophecies? There are OT readings frequently throughout the year...
From: R W <ryandecem@...>
Sent: Saturday, March 10, 2012 1:18 AM
Subject: [orthodox-readers] On what occasions does the celebrant bless the reader of the epistle?
The celebrant blesses the reader of the epistle who enters the altar
during Holy God (or As Many as Have Been Baptized) at the typical
Liturgy and also at the Vesperal Liturgies of St. Basil (Holy
Thursday, Holy Saturday, Nativity Eve, Theophany Eve) and of St. John
Chrysostom (Annunciation). My question concerns the epistle during
Presanctified Liturgies falling on a feast of rank. There is no Holy
God so there seems to be no time to enter the altar for a blessing
from the celebrant. Does the reader simply walk to center of the nave
and begin after Let my Prayer Arise and the prayer of St. Ephriam? Or
perhaps he has been standing there the entire time since the OT
readings? Either way, he proceeds without entering the altar for a
blessing? Does the same hold true for Holy Friday Vespers when an
Epistle directly follows OT readings? Would a good rule of thumb be
"Holy God means enter altar to recieve bless; No Holy God means do
Grace and peace, Reader Ryan Paul W.
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