Sticheron

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A '''sticheron''' (plural: stichera) is a type of hymn used mainly in [[Vespers]] and [[Matins]]. A ''sticherarion'' is a book containing the stichera for the morning and evening services throughout the year. Stichera are also found in the ''[[Menaion]]'' and ''[[Octoechos]]''.  (This should not be confused with the [[sticharion]], which is a kind of [[vestment]].)
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==Usage==
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Stichera are commonly written in cycles on particular themes or for use in particular liturgical contexts. Examples of such themes include:
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*The Beatitudes
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*Particular [[saint]]s ("stichera aposticha")
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*The [[Resurrection]]
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Examples of liturgical contexts where stichera are commonly used include:
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*[[Vespers]] (the evening office)
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*The [[Litia]]
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*The Praises (at the end of [[Orthros]], the morning office)
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Stichera are usually sung in alternation with verses from the [[Psalter|Psalms]] or other [[Holy Scripture|scriptural]] sources. In liturgical books, they are designated as having a particular tone.
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Settings of stichera are frequently found in recordings of Orthodox liturgical music, some by well known composers.
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Latest revision as of 10:17, April 25, 2013

A sticheron (plural: stichera) is a type of hymn used mainly in Vespers and Matins. A sticherarion is a book containing the stichera for the morning and evening services throughout the year. Stichera are also found in the Menaion and Octoechos. (This should not be confused with the sticharion, which is a kind of vestment.)


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Usage

Stichera are commonly written in cycles on particular themes or for use in particular liturgical contexts. Examples of such themes include:

Examples of liturgical contexts where stichera are commonly used include:

  • Vespers (the evening office)
  • The Litia
  • The Praises (at the end of Orthros, the morning office)

Stichera are usually sung in alternation with verses from the Psalms or other scriptural sources. In liturgical books, they are designated as having a particular tone.

Settings of stichera are frequently found in recordings of Orthodox liturgical music, some by well known composers.

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