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are the '''Six Psalms'' that are read after the apolysis of the Mesonyktikon. |+|
The '''Hexapsalmos''' '''Six Psalms''are read after the of the .
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|−|The Priest comes into the holy Sanctuary, and standing before the Holy Table makes the ekphonesis with reverence and the fear of God, Blessed is our God; the Reader says the Trisagion; the Priest, the For Thine is the kingdom; the Reader, the troparia Save, O Lord, Thy people, Glory, 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 a merciful God… and the Reader, In the name of the Lord, Father, bless; the Priest, Glory to the Holy and Consubstantial…, etc., the Proïstamenos says the Hexapsalmos with compunction while the people listen in total silence and reverence. The Hexapsalmos are never left out, save the Week of New Creation and the day of the leave-taking of Pascha. |+|
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|−|Psalms 3 is read for the "Help for the Afflicted" |+|
is the of the .
|−|Psalms 37 (38) is a psalm of repentance. |+|
|−|Psalms 87 (88) is a remembrance of the Darkness of death. |+|
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|−|Psalms 102 (103) is a praise for mercy and for the Angelic hosts. |+|
|−|In Psalm 142 (143), we wait in darkness for the Light. |+|
Revision as of 21:48, June 14, 2008
The Hexapsalmos (or Six Psalms) are a group of six psalms composed of two triads, beginning with Psalm 3, 37, 52 and ending with Psalm 87, 102, 142, read during the Matins service. These are read after the dismissal of the 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.
There is a tradition that the duration it takes to read the Hexapsalmos is the time will take for Christ to judge all of humanity at the Last Judgment. If a monk walks into church as the Hexapsalmos is read, he is expected to stop where he is and not move until the entire reading has been completed.
If Matins is aggregated with other services, the beginning of Matins may be performed quietly by the clergy during the Hexapsalmos.
The Hexapsalmos are never omitted except during Bright Week and on the leave-taking of Pascha.