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Sessional Hymn

A Sessional Hymn is a set of troparia (hymns) chanted after each kathisma from the Psalter at Matins which is normally preceded by a small litany. 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.