An '''All-Night Vigil''' (Greek: ''Agrypnia'', "without sleeping"; Slavonic: ''Vsenoshnoe Bdenie'') is a combination of multiple services whose makeup varies significantly according to regional and local tradition. In the Byzantine tradition, the service lasts through the night, consisting of the entire liturgical cycle, culminating in the [[Divine Liturgy]]. In Slavic tradition, it does not last all night but normally includes [[Vespers]] (or [[Great Compline]]), [[
Orthros]] and the [[Hours|First Hour]], and it is the standard Saturday evening service. When the Vigil is celebrated, the particular [[rubrics]] for its constituent services are altered .
In Byzantine practice, the All-Night Vigil includes
: [[Hours|Ninth Hour]], [[Little Vespers]], [[Small Compline]] (including the [[Akathist]] to the Theotokos), Great [[Vespers]] including [[Litia]] and [[Artoklasia]], [[Orthros]], the First Hour, Third Hour, and Sixth Hour, followed by the [[Divine Liturgy]]. If the Divine Liturgy is celebrated immediately, the First through Sixth Hours may be omitted.
Because of its great length, the All-Night Vigil is rarely celebrated in [[parish]]es, but it is done in some places, especially for major [[feast day]]s. It is commonly celebrated in [[monastery|monasteries]], however, especially for the [[Great Feasts]] and the patronal feast of the community.
In Russian practice, the All-Night Vigil is the standard Saturday evening service and usually consists of [[Vespers]], [[
Orthros]], and the [[Hours|First Hour]]—though on certain feasts, it includes [[Great Compline]] instead of Vespers. In [[parish]]es, Vigils are less strenuous than those conducted in the [[monastery|monasteries]], but the structure remains the same. The Vespers often contains a [[Litia]] with the blessing of the bread—this is always the case on [[Great Feasts]].
The differences between the more rigorous practice
, and general parish practice are that the latter contains some abbreviations, and the former is usually chanted to slower melodies , and also includes additional readings that are done at certain places in the service. A less rigorous practice is to stop the Vigil after the First Hour, then to resume with the Third and Sixth hours the following morning, followed immediately by the liturgy. In the more rigorous practice, the hours continue without such a break.
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