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Pannychis

Source:
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Author(s):
F. L. CrossF. L. Cross, E. A. LivingstoneE. A. Livingstone

Pannychis (Gk. παννυχίς‎, literally: ‘all-night [service]’), 

a Greek word for a Vigil (q.v.), more usually known as ἀγρυπνία‎. It occurs already in St Athanasius (Apol. ad Const. 25). The term ‘Pannychis’ came to be used mainly for vigils for the dead, hence the Slavonic word Panikhida, meaning a memorial service for the dead (which takes the form of a drastically curtailed vigil).

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