Kata Stichon Hymnography in the East Slavic Tradition

Aleksandr Andreev, Hieromonk Dalmat (Yudin)
2021 Religions  
The kata stichon hymns are a peculiar genre of hymnography occurring as part of nocturnal prayer in early sources for the Byzantine Liturgy of the Hours. The use of these hymns in traditions on the Byzantine periphery remains in need of study. In this paper, the authors identify kata stichon hymns translated into Church Slavonic found in early East Slavic Horologia as well as in later Slavonic collections of private prayer used in Russia up to the 17th century. The authors also identify hymns
more » ... th no known Greek analogs, as well as hymns reflecting the kata stichon genre composed in Church Slavonic. The liturgical function of these hymns is studied and hypotheses are proposed for their origin and continued popularity in Russian nocturnal worship and private cell prayer.
doi:10.3390/rel13010040 fatcat:ku5vjjfth5h3nnyjrxmv3g63zi