Schedule of Services
Description of Services
Daily Midnight Office and Typika
A daily service of morning prayers and psalm readings. We include in the Midnight Office the reading of a spiritual writing, the Jesus Prayer, the singing of the Canon for the saint or feast of the day. At the Typika, we will read the daily scripture readings from the lectionary.
The All-Night Vigil is a service celebrated on the eves of Sundays and Great Feast Days. On Saturday nights and on the eves of most of the Great Feasts, it consists of a combination of the services of Vespers, Matins and the First Hour. On the eves of the Feasts of the Nativity of Christ and Theophany (the baptism of Christ), the vigil consists of Great Compline, Matins and First Hour. The All-Night Vigil consists of reading of the Psalms, Old Testament and Gospel, chanting of hymns, and prayers. The Vigil service is typically two and half hours long.
Third and Sixth Hours
The Hours are shorter services of prayer designated to be read at specific points during the day and consist of three psalms, some hymns, and a set order of prayers. They typically take about 10-15 miniutes to read individually. The names of the hours derive from an ancient reckoning of time based on the hours since sunrise marking the day and the hours since sunset marking the night. According to this reckoning, the Third Hour would be roughly 9:00 am and the Sixth Hour roughly noon.
The Divine Liturgy is the most important in the Church's cycle of services. It consists of the chanting of psalms, the singing of hymns, the reading of the Scriptures, a sermon, prayers, and the Holy Eucharist. The service is typically one and half to two hours long, depending on the Sunday or Feast Day and if any special services are inserted or attached to the end of the Liturgy.
An Akathist is a poetic hymn composed in honor of Christ, the Theotokos, one of the saints or an event in sacred history. The name derives from a Greek term which means "without sitting" because during the reading or singing of the hymn the faithful stand in prayerful reverence. The original Akathist was composed to the Theotokos by St Romanos the Melodist and since then others have composed other hymns following the same poetic structure. The Akathist service is roughly an hour long.