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- n. A hymn, often written in cycles and sung in alternation with psalm verses, used in the Orthodox Church and those Eastern Catholic Churches which follow the Byzantine Rite.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In the Gr. Ch., a troparion, or one of several troparia, following the psalms and intermingled with stichoi. See stichos.
Scripture, while the sticheron is a short verse of ecclesiastical composition modelled after the stichos.
The first part of the Orthros, or midnight office, consists of twelve prayers, the greater litany, two stichera followed by Psalms 134 and 135, a third sticheron followed by the gradual psalms, an antiphon with the prokeimenon, the reading of the
I need not trouble the reader with the minute distinction between troparia and stichera; as a troparion follows a Hirmos, so a sticheron follows an homoion, and then becomes a prosomoion.
a psalm (like our antiphons), which introduces a sticheron, or hymn sung at Matins and Vespers.
The last sticheron, then, concludes, "I exalt your suffering.