Monday, February 7, 2022

Webinars on the services of the All-Night Vigil coming soon

SYOSSET, NY (OCA-MW) – Deacon Anthony Stokes, choir director, teacher, and chair of the Diocese of the South Liturgical Music Committee, will lead three webinars on the services of the All-Night Vigil (Vespers and Matins), focusing on the liturgical and musical aspects for choir directors, singers, and readers. Each session will cover a different topic as outlined below:

1) Saturday, February 12, 2022 at 1:00 pm ET – All-Night Vigil: Basic Liturgics (Calendars; Ranks of Feasts; Liturgical Books; Intro to Rubrics; Daily  Cycle; All-Night Vigil Introduction)

2) Sunday, February 20, 2022 at 7:00 pm ET – All-Night Vigil: Vespers (Daily and Great Vespers; Vespers as part of Vigil; Lenten Vespers)

3) Saturday, February 26, 2022 at 1:00 pm ET – All-Night Vigil: Matins (Daily Matins Variations; Festal Matins; Matins as part of Vigil, Lenten Matins)

Each 2-hour webinar will include:

  • a discussion of the order of the services, with references to rubrics on the OCA site when available
  • where to find necessary texts (OCA site, liturgical books, other sites);
  • example service rubrics
  • practical musical notes for directors
  • explanation of Liturgical actions and how to approach the music with theological and liturgical appropriateness
  • discussion of variations in parish practice
  • and a question-and-answer period.

Sessions will use the Zoom video conference platform and will be recorded for future viewing. The sessions are free of charge, but pre-registration is required separately for each session. To pre-register, simply click on the link of the presentation(s) you wish to attend. Attendance is limited to 100 participants. Questions regarding the seminar may be sent to Deacon Anthony Stokes at

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