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An unworthy Deacon, named for the brother of God: James, striving to "work out his salvation with fear and trembling" within the Tradition (paradosis) of the Eastern Orthodox Faith. It is a strange and marvelous journey, and I am accompanied by the fourfold fruit of my fecundity. My wife, the Matushka or Diaconissa Sophia, is my beloved partner in the pursuit of Theosis, and she ranks me in every way.
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Friday, February 23, 2007

For God is with us

My family and I have really delved into the services this week at St. Elizabeth's, and despite the troubles of our boys being MOST hyper in the evenings we have survived. Life on the "farm" has taken on a rhythm of it's own...perhaps playing its own role in the "Dance." Our chickens have all learned that when we turn the coop light on that they are being called to roost, and like parishioners going to Church they line up and file their way home. No one taught them this, they just do it and then all 24 of them take their respective places on their roosts, again like parishioners in pews (Pews? Anathema!)

The Canon of St. Andrew is hard. Not only because of the prostrations, but because of what the service emphasizes: my sinfulness. One thing that we do differently at St. Elizabeth than what I was used to at St. Paul (according to my poor memory)was that we do the Canon first and THEN the Compline. I particularly appreciated that on Wednesday because I was really feeling the burden (as I should) of my sinfulness. And so, as if to show us the love of God (I recalled our Lord's words: "Go and sin no more"), in slight contrast to the profoundly mournful tones of the Canon, we brighten up somewhat in the Compline as we sing:

God is with us!
Understand this, O nations, and submit yourselves!
For God is with us.

Hear this, even to the farthest bounds of the earth.

For God is with us.

Submit yourselves, O mighty ones!

For God is with us.

If you rise up again in your might, you will be overthrown.

For God is with us.

The Lord shall destroy all who take counsel together, and the word which you speak shall not abide with you.

For God is with us.

For we do not fear your terror, and we are not troubled.

For God is with us.

But we will ascribe holiness to the Lord our God, and Him will we hold in awesome fear.

For God is with us.

And if I put my trust in Him, He shall be my sanctification.

For God is with us.

I will set my hope on Him, and through Him I shall be saved -lo, I and the children whom God has given me.

For God is with us.

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness - on them a light has shined.

For God is with us.

For unto us a Child is born; to us a Son is given.

For God is with us.

And the government shall be upon His shoulder, and of His peace there will be no end.

For God is with us.

And His name shall be called the Messenger of Great Counsel, Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace, the Father of the World to Come.

Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Now and Forever and to the ages of ages, Amen.

God is with us!
Understand this, O nations, and submit yourselves!
For God is with us.


...offered by Dn. fdj, a sinner at 9:25 AM [+]
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5 comments


5 Comments:

I am pretty embarassed to admit, I don't think I've ever, in my ten years of being Orthodox, been to a Compline service.

Blush.

By Blogger Mimi, at 11:44 AM  

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I think the Canon is usually done along with the compline.

By Blogger fdj, at 12:11 PM  

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James -

I think you are right, in the Antiochian rubrics, the Canon follows Great Compline.

In the rubrics that Fr. Michel Najim puts out on his website:

http://www.frmichel.najim.net/liturgical.html

Whis is also a nice way to link to some neat resources for understanding the Divine Liturgy, etc.

for Great Compline there are annotations near the end that indicate where the appointed Canon should be included.

This is not to say it is a 'right' way to do it or a 'wrong' way - but it comports with my limited experience with the Antiochian practice.

May God bless you on your Lenten journey!

By Blogger Hilarius, at 3:06 PM  

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I believe that if you've ever been to a great vigil service on Sat eve. in the russian tradtion, you've probably done compline w/out knowing it.


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By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:16 AM  

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Ok, I have been to a Vigil Service in the Russian Tradition, so I perhaps have been to a Compline.

In our parish on the calendar it says" Great Canon and Compline" on one day which leads me to believe the other days are just Great Canon days.

By Blogger Mimi, at 12:55 PM  

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