Definitions for "Kathisma"
(pl. kathismata or kathismas) a division of the Psalter, originating in Palestinian usage: there are 20 k., each subdivided into three so-called antiphons. The prescriptions in the Typikon to read k. at designated moments of Vespers, Matins, and during Lent, at the Hours as well, reflect a predominantely monastic use.
Each of the twenty divisions of the Psalter.
a seat, usually the imperial seat; such a feature existed in the Hippodrome at Constantinople; the term is also used for special hymns in the Christian Church.