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Megalynarion

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This is a major overhaul of this article. The original focused only on its use in Byzantine practice, and was also not very clear on the fact that the 2 types of hymns that it mentioned are unrelated
A The term '''megalynarion''' is a short magnificatory hymn used in English to refer to three types of a particular saint or feast. In Greek, the hymn typically ends with ''megalynomen'' ("we magnify"), thus giving the hymn its namehymnography that have no relationship between them.
In Byzantine practice, a Megalynarion is a short hymn for the saint of the day or the feast that is sung after "Among the first..." In Greek, the hymn typically ends with ''megalynomen'' ("we magnify"), thus giving the hymn its name. Megalynaria are used during other services, such as [[Orthros]], a Paraclesis, and in [[Compline]]. In Slavic practice, a Megalynarion is a hymn that is is sung at the end of the Polyeleos, which usually begins with "We magnify..."In Slavonic, this type of hymn is called a Velichaniye. This type of hymn is also called "The Magnification" of the feast. In both Byzantine and Slavic practice, the term "Megalynarion" is also used to refer to hymn that is sung at the the [[Divine Liturgy|Divine Liturgy]], just after the consecration of the Holy Gifts.  The most common megalynarion is the one used during at the [[Divine Liturgy|Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom]], just after when it is not a feast of the consecration Lord, or of the Holy GiftsTheotokos]:
:It is truly meet to bless thee, O Theotokos,
:true Theotokos, we magnify thee.
Megalynaria In Slavonic, the hymns that replace "It is truly meet..." are used during other servicescalled "Zadostoinik", as wellwhich means "Instead of "It is truly meet". These hymns come from the refrain and Irmos of the 9th Ode of the Canon of the Feast, particularly which is sung at [[OrthrosMatins]] but also in / [[ComplineOrthros]]. Some English speaking Orthodox prefer to use this term to distinguish it from the other types of hymns that are also refered to as "Megalynarion".
[[Category:Hymnography]]
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