Orthodox Church of the Mother of God

Joy of all the Sorrowful - Mays Landing, NJ (f. 1966)


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ANIXANTARIA - On major feasts, and especially at All-night Vigils, the closing verses of the Opening Psalm are often sung to a solemn and protracted melody. The verses are farced with short hymns of praise, such as "Glory to you, Holy One. Glory to you, Lord. Glory to you, heavenly King. Glory to you, O God. Alleluia". The singers take up the Psalm from the verse that begins "When you open", in Greek Anixantos sou, hence the name Anixantaria.

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