Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Leave-taking'
n : the act of departing politely; "he disliked long farewells";
"he took his leave"; "parting is such sweet sorrow" [syn:
farewell, leave, parting]
- Leave-taking \Leave"-tak`ing\, n.
Taking of leave; parting compliments. --Shak.
Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Leave-taking'
An Afterfeast is a period of celebration attached to one of the Great Feasts celebrated by the Eastern Orthodox and Eastern Catholic Churches (roughly equivalent to what in the West would be called an Octave).
The celebration of the Great Feasts of the church year are extended for a number days, depending upon the particular Feast. Each day of an Afterfeast will have particular hymns assigned to it, continuing the theme of the Feast being celebrated. At each of the divine services during an Afterfeast, the troparion and kontakion of the feast are read or chanted. The canon of the feast will usually be chanted on every day of the Afterfeast (if two canons were chanted on the day of the feast, they will be alternated on the days of the afterfeast). Some of the Great Feasts of the Lord will have a special canon composed of only three odes, called a Triode, which will be chanted at Compline on each day of the Afterfeast.[See more about Leave-taking at Dictionary 3.0 Encyclopedia]