Friday Aposticha in Tone 7

The aposticha are stichera sung toward the end of Vespers, with psalm verses inserted between the hymns. Weekday aposticha have fewer hymns than Sunday, but longer psalm verses.

Here are the Friday aposticha in Tone 7 (sung on Thursday evening). Notice that they all address the principal theme of Friday in the Byzantine Rite: the crucifixion of Christ.

The preceding sticheron ("Glory to you....") is also sung at the wedding and ordination services. Next, we sing "Glory... now and ever..." and a concluding theotokion, or hymn to the Mother of God. In this case, the theotokion is a stavrotheotokion: a hymn to the Mother of God standing at the cross (in Greek, stavros).

As on Sundays, a special hymn may be sung at "Glory..." for the saint of the day, followed by the Saturday evening aposticha theotokion IN THE SAME TONE (rather than in the Tone of the Week).

If Vespers is sung on a pre-festive or post-festive days, there may be special hymns at both "Glory..." and "Now and ever..."; they may be in the same tone, or different tones.

Check the propers for the day, and be sure to make the needed places in the Vespers book and Cantor Verses book. The psalm verses, "Glory..." and "Now and ever..." are always sung to the tone of the sticheron that comes next.