Sessional Hymn

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The phrase Sessional Hymn can refer to a set of troparia (hymns) chanted after each kathisma from the Psalter at Matins which may be preceded by a little ektenia (litany), depending on the typikon in use and a number of aspects of the day's propers. In Slavonic it is called a sedálen from sediti, "to sit" (Cf. Latin sedere, "to sit").[1] Hymns with the same name are also used after the third ode of the canon.


  1. The Festal Menaion (Tr. Mother Mary and Archimandrite Kallistos Ware, Faber and Faber, London, 1984), p. 553.