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Re: Lighting during the All-Night Vigil

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  • stephen_r1937
    Not just Russian: the Rigas Typicon (p. 73) prescribes it also. Stephen.
    Message 1 of 9 , Jun 15, 2010
      Not just Russian: the Rigas Typicon (p. 73) prescribes it also.

      Stephen.

      --- In ustav@yahoogroups.com, smackdaddy.au@... wrote:
      >
      > Dear Fr. Aidan,
      >
      > I'm following this discussion with interest also.
      >
      > As regards the practice of extinguishing candles for the hexapsalmos, this seems to me to be the correct practice. It was widely practiced here in Sydney when I first came to Orthodoxy, although it seems to be falling into disuse of late. I, for one, would like to encourage the continuation of this practice as it helps focus prayerful attention on the reading of the six psalms.
      >
      > So, I believe it is correct and established Russian practice, but I don't have a documentary source to back up my assertion. I'll check my abridged typicon when I get home, though.
      >
      > Cheers
      > Dcn Stephen
      > Sent from my BlackBerry® from Optus
      >
      > -----Original Message-----
      > From: "Fr. Aidan" <hieromonachusaidanus@...>
      > Sender: ustav@yahoogroups.com
      > Date: Thu, 10 Jun 2010 21:19:09
      > To: <ustav@yahoogroups.com>
      > Reply-To: ustav@yahoogroups.com
      > Subject: [ustav] Re: Lighting during the All-Night Vigil
      >
      > In addition (someone correct me if this is wrong for Russian practice), at Holy Protection ROCOR Church in Austin, Texas, at Matins of the Vigil, having already turned off all the electric lights after "The blessing of the Lord be upon you," we extinguish the candle-stand candles for the Six Psalms, then re-light those for the Litany of Peace (the electric ones being still off), then at God is the Lord we turn on the electric lights at "half-mast," that is, half of them are on, but not all of them, then put all of them on for the Polyeleos/Magnification.
      >
      > It's our custom, but I don't know if it's correct, to have the electric lights "half-mast" at the beginning of the Vigil. Then they are turned off as others have described.
      >
      > Also, we turn our electric lights back on (whether full-blast or half-mast, I can't now recall) just in the nick of time for the exclamation preceding the Great Doxology (Glory to Thee Who hast shown forth the light). It sounds like others anticipate that moment somewhat.
      >
      > I'm eager to know how this lines up against standard Russian practice in more-established churches.
      >
      > Gratefully,
      >
      > Fr. Hieromonk Aidan+ (Keller)
      > Holy Protection Orthodox Church, Austin, Texas
      > http://www.orthodoxaustin.org
      >
      >
      > --- In ustav@yahoogroups.com, Nicholas Park <npark153@> wrote:
      > >
      > > Dear ustav-ers,
      > >
      > > Our little church will, for the first time in many years, have attractive
      > > lighting in both the nave and the altar, separately switched, and will
      > > therefore be able to use the lighting at the appropriate times during the
      > > Vigil service...
      >
      >
      >
      >
      > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
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