Άνωθεν οι Προφήται / Anothen oi Profitai
A rarely heard masterpiece "mathema"
Ηχογραφήσεις / Recordings
Probably the most well known recording of "Anothen" is that of Thrasyvoulos Stanitsas.
For a sample of this and more recordings see section on "Ton Despotin" [html] where some interval analysis and discussion can be found.
Choir of Athonite Fathers at the panygeris of the Holy Monastery of Iveron, Mt.
Athos (2003) [wma
, 4.7 Mb]
Another beautiful recording of this mathema has been published in the CD with the
Millenium celebration vigil of the Holy Monastery of Xenophontos, Mt. Athos
With low KE
A recording with KE flatenned in the initial phrase by Dimitrios Ioannidis [rm
(from ieropsaltis.com). See the discussion on "Ton Despotin" [html
Κείμενα / Publications
Rubrics from Thrasyvoulos Stanitsa's "Triodion" book [htm
Σχόλια / Comments
What about "Anothen oi Profitai..." chanted while the Bishop gets vested?
: OK, so here's a quote from Elder Xrysostomos'
book "Holy Mountain Typikon of Church Services": After the apolysis of the 6th Hour
two deacons with dikiry and trikiry leave the vima and stand near the bishop, who
descends from the throne, makes ekfonisis "Eulogitos o Theos imon..." and starts
the entrance prayers, while the right choir is chanting slow "Ton despotin..." in
Varys. After the completion of the prayers the bishop blesses people with dikiry
and trikiry* and the deacons in turns exclaim "Iereis exelthete", "Exelthete iereis" until all priests leave the vima, each with some part of the bishop's vestments.
The bishop stands under the great polykandilion and the deacons between two candleholders,
facing the bishop, exclaiming "Tou Kyriou deithomen. Kyrie eleison" and the verses
on vesting the bishop "Agalliasetai i psixi mou..." and others, while the priests
are vesting the bishop. During the bishop's vesting the left choir is chanting slow
"Anothen oi profitai..." of St. Ioannis Koukouzelis. When the bishop, vested, blesses
the people with trikiry and dikiry, the right choir, interrupting the left, chants
"Eis polla eti, despota". Then the bishop stands in the middle of the temple** facing
the vima. The priests come to him from both sides and ask forgiveness and blessing***.
* In many monasteries, the left choir, interrupting the right one, chants quickly
"Eis polla eti, despota". Elder Xrysostomos notes that this is not entirely correct
since these words are contained in slow "Ton despotin...".
** If a bishop is old, a seat is brought to him.
*** A different, shorter rule, found in the Greek Arxieratikon (the one which Yorgos
described) is also described. It is performed if time for some reason is limited.
Thus the difference is that the bishop vests after the 3rd and 6th Hours. If one
is interested in the historical practice of the Great Church, then one must consult
Dmitrievskiy's "Opisanie...", see
pdf, p. 101(301). The rule given there (in Greek) is from the 14th c. ms
from St. Savvas' monastery.