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  • n. Plural form of catabasion.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In the Gr. Ch., a kind of troparion or short hymn sung by the two sides of the choir united in the body of the church. It is so called from their descending from their places for that purpose.


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  • Some believe that a hirmos placed at the end of a hymn should be called a catabasia (katabasia) while others hold that the catabasia is a short hymn sung by the choir, who descend from their seats into the church for the purpose.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 1: Aachen-Assize


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