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Lesson 5: Matins: Focus on the Canon

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St. Tikhon’s Monastery presents the fifth in a series of twelve lessons on Liturgics for Readers and Choir Directors in the Orthodox Christian tradition.

Much as we began our study of the entire order of Vespers by focusing on “Lord, I Call” and its stichera, so we’ll begin to learn about Matins by first looking at the Canon, which many find to be a daunting form of hymnography to understand and to do. Once we’ve become familiar with this central element of Matins, we’ll then zoom out to look at the entire service.

Hieromonk Herman (Majkrzak), instructor

St. Tikhon's Orthodox Monastery St. Tikhon's is the oldest Orthodox monastery in America, established in 1905. It is an active monastic community of the Orthodox Church in America.