from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In the Gr. Ch.: A short hymn in praise of a saint, introduced into a canon of odes. This class of hymns is said to have been the invention of St. Romanus, about a. d. 500. A service-book containing only the liturgies of St. Chrysostom, St. Basil, and the Presanctified, as distinguished from the Euchologion, which adds the forms for other sacraments and offices.
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The contakion (kontakion) is a troparion which explains briefly the character of the feast celebrated in the day's Office.