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Lesson 8: Ranks of Commemorations & Theotokia

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

The rank of a particular commemoration on the liturgical calendar governs many details about how the services for that day will be celebrated. Which stichera (and how many) will be sung at Vespers, whether Matins will have a Gospel reading or the Great Doxology, and whether we sing weekday or Sunday theotokia at these services are just a few of the details which the rank determines. The ranks, as discussed in this lesson, are the following:

Simple

Double

Six-Stichera

Great

Doxology

Polyeleos

Vigil

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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.