Re: Question re background singing in Panihida
- Dear Lisa,
Panihida has several litanies and the list of the names of the departed may be broken up into groups, with each group commemorated within every petition of every litany with calls for insertion of names. This is at least what I do. In Russia, when the names are too numerous to be read aloud, some of them get read during the litanies while others are commemorated by the clergy silently while the choir is singing (be it troparia, irmoi, -- anything).
Fr Sergei Alekseev
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Lisa Priebe <ek_priebe@...> wrote:
> Dear all,
> Blessed Feast!
> There seems to be some diversity in how this particular aspect of a Panihida is done, and I am curious as to what others do.
> At several points in a Panihida there are opportunities to commemorate a (lengthy) list of names during a litany.
> Keeping quiet seems too quiet.
> other possible options for "background singing":
> 1. Singing "Lord, have mercy" quietly and slowly, once at a time. Maybe the melody should be the same one as the "panihida style" Lord have mercy?
> 2. Sing "Lord have mercy" 3x at a time, quietly, slow melody. (I favor this one but sometimes when that petition is done and the next one is read, people by reflex will respond "Lord have mercy" 3x when the litany calls for 1x).
> 3. Sing "Lord have mercy" 3x in a somewhat fancier melody (still quietly). I like this approach also but some people believe that melody should only be used during a Fast.
> 4. Sing "Lord have mercy" 3x quietly but in the melody used for litanies during Great Lent only. (I would do this only during Great Lent; outside Great Lent options 1-3 make more sense.)
> I don't know the names of any of the melodies so I can't specify.
> So, question 1:
> Should anything be sung during a lengthy commemoration of names of the reposed?
> If "Lord, have mercy" is sung, do you sing it 1x or 3x at a time if the litany uses 1x?
> What melody?
> Other thoughts?
> Many thanks!
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