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The '''Hexapsalmos''' (or '''Six Psalms''') are a group of six psalms[[psalm]]s composed of two triads, beginning with Psalm iii 3, 37, 52 and ending with Psalm cxlii.10b.87, 102, 142, read during the [[Matins]] service. These area are read after the apolysis dismissal of the Mesonyktikon[[Midnight Office]] at the beginning of the [[Matins]] service. Traditionally, they are read by the [[bishop]] or [[superior]] of the community, who may elect to delegate them to a reader.
The Priest comes into the holy Sanctuary, and standing before the Holy Table makes the ekphonesis with reverence and the fear of God, ''Blessed There is our God''; a tradition that the Reader says duration it takes to read the Trisagion; the Priest, the ''For Thine Hexapsalmos is the kingdom''; time will take for [[Christ]] to judge all of humanity at the Reader, the troparia ''Save, O Lord, Thy people'', ''Glory[[Last Judgment]]...'', ''Thou who wast lifted up on the Cross, Both now, Awesome protection, the Priest, Have mercy on us, O God etc.'', the ending, ''For Thou art If a merciful God…'' and monk walks into church as the ReaderHexapsalmos is read, ''In the name of the Lord, Father, bless; the Priest, Glory he is expected to the Holy stop where he is and Consubstantial…,'' etc., not move until the Proïstamenos says the Hexapsalmos with compunction while the people listen in total silence and reverenceentire reading has been completed.
The Hexapsalmos are never left outIf Matins is aggregated with other services, save the Week beginning of New Creation and Matins may be performed quietly by the day of [[clergy]] during the leave-taking of PaschaHexapsalmos.
Psalms 3 is read for The Hexapsalmos are never omitted except during [[Bright Week]] and on the "Help for the Afflicted"Psalms 37 (38) is a psalm [[apodosis|leave-taking]] of repentance.Psalms 87 (88) is a remembrance of the Darkness of death.Psalms 102 (103) is a praise for mercy and for the Angelic hosts.In Psalm 142 (143), we wait in darkness for the Light[[Pascha]].
== See also ==[[Category:Scripture]][[Category:Liturgics]]* [[Orthrosro:Psalmii Utreniei]]
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