Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
The eTYPIKON for the month of February — in English. Several changes have been made in order to bring more clarity to service structure and their common parish variants. In addition, the order from the Slavonic Typikon is given for a number of the saints whose memory the Church honours on their day of commemoration with a Doxology, Polyeleos, or Six stichera service. The Slavonic Typikon reflects monastic practice — with all its attendant rigour — but there are things even here, among these seemingly bare and mechanical instructions on which we might reflect — as for example, the directive at the Dismissal of the all-night Vigil — at which the community, enveloped from evening to the dawning of the light in darkness, has been praying with one voice, for many hours, without ceasing:
“And oil from the holy vigil lamp is given the brethren.”
Of that which they, as a Body, have sanctified with hymnody and prayer — all receive a share.
The compilation, formatting and accompanying research have come at something of a cost in terms of time — and work on the Ukrainian version is running into competing deadlines with life’s other obligations. We’ll see what tomorrow’s effort brings — but we may have to deliver a stripped-down version in Ukrainian for February, in order to get to work on March and April — the Lenten Spring.
Pray for us!