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The Hypakoe or Ypakoe (Greek: Υπακοή, from the verb υπακούω, "hearken" or "give ear") is a troparion sung at Matins on Great Feasts and Sundays:

  1. On some Great Feasts it occurs after Ode Three of the Canon, and on Pascha it is also sung again at the Liturgy with the Paschal troparion and kontakion.
  2. On Sundays it comes after the Evlogitaria of the Resurrection and the Small Litany.
  3. The Sunday Hypakoe is also read at the Sunday Midnight Office, after the Canon to the Trinity.[1]

It is also a short hymn sung at Orthros immediately following the Little Litany after the Polyeleon. Its name means "Obedience," and it is distinguished by making reference to the obedience of the myrrh-bearing women. It was first created by Emperor Leo the Wise who reigned in 886 and died in 912.[2]


  1. The Festal Menaion (Tr. Mother Mary and Archimandrite Kallistos Ware, Faber and Faber, London, 1984), p. 561f.
  2. Divine Prayers and Services of the Catholic Orthodox Church of Christ. arr. the late Reverend Seraphim Nassar. Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America. 3rd ed. 1979.