Before the Ark is opened on Shabbat, we don't just say "veyahi b'n'so'a ha'aron" as we would on a weekday. We begin with Ein Kamocha. The Artscroll siddur (I don't have the page number handy) explains that we do this on Shabbat because we have more time for davening than we do on a weekday.

If this is the case, then why don't we also do it at mincha on Shabbat?

Is there a different reason to explain the addition in Shacharit that would explain excluding it during mincha?

  • We don’t have as much time at mincha. We have to finish before sh’kiah in order to make hamotzi and eat Seuda Shlishit. – Lo ani Jun 23 '19 at 12:57
  • @LoAni if you start too late and haven't eaten yet sure, but the point is we could schedule Mincha earlier because no one is at work. That's the whole question: why start late? – Double AA Jun 23 '19 at 13:37
  • Consider Megillah 22b – Double AA Jun 23 '19 at 13:38
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    @JoelK But on the other hand sefaria.org/Taanit.26b.15 – Double AA Jun 23 '19 at 15:35

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