- Paschal Hours
The Paschal Hours are the form in which the
Little Hoursare chanted on Pascha (Easter) and throughout Bright Weekin the Eastern Orthodox Churchand those Eastern Catholic Churcheswhich follow the Byzantine Rite.
Specifically, the Paschal Hours replace:
First Hourat the end of Matins
Third Hourand Sixth Hourbefore Divine Liturgy
Ninth Hourbefore Vespers
Complineand the Midnight Office
The Paschal Hours may also be chanted in place of the usual
Thanksgiving after Communion. [Citation
title =The Great Horologion or Book of Hours
place =Boston MA
publisher =Holy Transfiguration Monastery
accessdate = ] In addition, it is a pious tradition to substitute the Paschal Hours for Morning Prayers and Evening Prayers during all of Bright week.
In this way, the faithful take a little rest from the long prayer services, but do not neglect to give joyous thanks to God, so as not to fall into despondency and gluttony, as they partake of festive foods.
The Paschal Hours differ from the normal
Daily Officein several significant aspects: the entire service is chanted (sung) rather than being read; the services are much shorter than usual; and there are no Psalms at all.
The hymnography and prayers center on Christ's victory over sin and death and Christians' hope for salvation.
Troparionof Pascha (thrice)
*Having beheld the Resurrection of Christ... (thrice)
**In the tomb with the body and in
Hadeswith the soul, in Paradisewith the thief and on the throne with the Father and the Spirit, wast Thou, O boundless Christ filling all things.
**Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit
**Bearing life and more fruitful than Paradise, brighter than any royal chamber, Thy tomb, O Christ, is the fountain of our resurrection.
**Both now and ever and unto the ages of ages. Amen.
**Rejoice, O holy and divine abode of the Most High, for through thee, O
Theotokos, joy is given to those who cry: Blessed art thou among women, O all-undefiled Lady.
*Lord, have mercy (40 times)
*Blessing by priest
*Lord, have mercy (thrice)
Each of the Paschal Hours is exactly the same (in some traditions, a Prayer of
St. Basilis added before the dismissalof Paschal Compline). [Citation
title =Divine Prayers and Services of the Catholic Orthodox Church of Christ
place =Englewood NJ
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America
accessdate = ]
* [http://www.orthodox.net/pascha/paschalhours.html Paschal Hours] (full text of the service)
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