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Father John El Massih

Polyeleos, Psalm 134 (Brief version)

This is the Polyeleos, Psalm 134, sung on major feasts during Matins.  "O ye servants of the Lord. Alleluia.  Praise ye the Name of the Lord. O ye servants, praise the Lord . . . ."

Lent-5th Sunday, Doxastikon (Glory) at the Praises

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Lent, Saturdays & Sundays in Great Lent

This is the Glory (Doxastikon) at the Praises of Orthros (Matins) for the 5th Sunday in Lent.  "The kingdom of God is not meat and drink . . . "  The music is in Western & Byzantine notation.  Updated 4/4/2021.

O Lord of Hosts (English & Arabic)

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This is sung during the Great Compline service, and is given here in English and with Arabic phonetics.  "O Lord of Hosts, be with us . . . ."

O Lord, I have cried (Brief versions-Tones 1-8)

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O Lord, I have cried (Brief versions)

These are the quick, brief versions of "O Lord, I have cried," in all 8 tones, sung at Daily Vespers.  (The Byzantine versions will be added when they are finished.) Updated 5/20/2020.  (For recordings of each tone, go to each tone itself listed in this Group.)

God Is With Us

This is sung during the Great Compline service.  "God is with us.  Understand all ye nations, and submit yourselves, for God is with us."  The music is in Western & Byzantine notation.  Updated 3/3/2020.  (Removed HTM footer 1/27/2021.)

Nativity of the Theotokos, Doxastikon (Glory/Both now) at the Praises

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Nativity of the Theotokos (Sept 8)

This is the Doxastikon, the Glory & Both now of the Praises for the Nativity of the Theotokos.  "This is the day of the Lord; wherefore, rejoice, O ye nations . . . ."  Updated 9/8/2021.

Polychronion for Metropolitan JOSEPH - key of A

This may be sung at the end of a service when His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH is presiding, in place of "Preserve, O Lord" (Ton Dhespotin).  It is written in the key of A.  Updated 10/25/2021 with audio.

Phocas-Bishop of Sinope, Apolytikion

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Troparia (Apolytikia) of the Saints

This Apolytikion is for the Hieromartyr Phocas, Bishop of Synope, sung on July 23rd (for the recovery of his relics) and on September 22nd (his feast day and martyrdom).  "By choosing the Apostles' way of life . . . ."  Updated 8/14/19 with additional date.

Peter & Paul, Kontakion

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Peter & Paul, Chiefs of the Apostles (June 29)

The Kontakion of the Chiefs of the Apostles, Peter & Paul, June 29th.  "Thou hast taken to Thyself, O Lord . . . ."  The music is in Western & Byzantine notation.

Barnabas & Bartholomew, Apolytikion

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Troparia (Apolytikia) of the Saints

The Apolytikion of the Apostles Barnabas and Bartholomew.  "O holy Apostles Barnabas and Bartholomew . . . ."

Paisios the Athonite, Apolytikion

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Troparia (Apolytikia) of the Saints

The Apolytikion of the Venerable Paisios the Athonite, July 12th, Prosomoion "A citizen of the desert."  "The offspring of Farasa, the adornment of Athos . . . ."  The music is in Western & Byzantine notation.

Constantine & Helen, Apolytikion (choral)

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Constantine & Helen (May 21st)

This is the choral version of the Apolytikion of Constantine & Helen, May 21st.  "Having seen the image of Thy Cross in Heaven . . . ."

Holy Saturday Vesperal Liturgy, Song of Moses

This refrain is sung at the Vesperal Liturgy on Holy Saturday morning after the 6th Old Testament Reading.  "Let us sing unto the Lord, for He is greatly glorified."

Palm Sunday, Kontakion (chant)

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Lazarus Saturday & Palm Sunday (Week before Pascha)

The Kontakion for Palm Sunday.  "Being born upon a throne in Heaven . . . ."

Forefeast of the Annunciation, Apolytikion (March 24)

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Troparia (Apolytikia) of Feasts & Forefeasts

This is the Apolytikion sung on March 24th for the Forefeast of the Annunciation.  "Today the preludes of universal joy . . . ."

Monastics, Apolytikion (Cheese Fare Saturday)

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Troparia (Apolytikia) of the Saints

This Apolytikion is sung for the Venerable and God-bearing Monastics (Ascetics) on Cheese Fare Saturday.  "O God of our fathers, who at all times . . . ."

Forty Holy Martyrs, Apolytikion

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Forty Holy Martyrs of Sebastia (March 9)

This is sung for the Forty Holy Martyrs of Sebastia, March 9th.  "Be Thou entreated for the sake of the sufferings of Thy Saints . . . ."

Veneration of the Chains of the Apostle Peter, Kontakion

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Veneration of the Precious Chains of the Apostle Peter (Jan 16)

This Kontakion is sung for the Veneration of the chains of the Apostle Peter, January 16th.  "Let us all extol great Peter . . . ."

Barbara the Great Martyr, Apolytikion

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Troparia (Apolytikia) of the Saints

This Apolytikion (Dismissal Hymn) is for the Great Martry Barbara, December 4th.  "Let us honor Saint Barbara . . . ."

Nativity of the Theotokos, Ninth Ode of the 1st Canon

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Nativity of the Theotokos (Sept 8)

This is the Ninth Ode of the First Canon for the Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos, September 8th.  "Most-holy Theotokos, save us, . . . O thou who from thy virginal loins . . . ."  The music is in Western & Byzantine notation.  Updated 8/22/19.

Mamas-Martyr & His Family, Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried

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Vesperal Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried"

These stichera are sung for the Martyr Mamas & His Family, September 2nd, Prosomoion "O strange wonder."  "Since thou hadst first overcome the beasts . . . ."

Macrina-sister of Basil the Great, Apolytikion

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Troparia (Apolytikia) of the Saints

This is the apolytikion for Macrina, sister of Basil the Great.  "Through thee was the divine likeness securely preserved . . . ."

Kyriaki-Great-Martyr of Nicomedia, Apolytikion

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Kyriaki, the Great-martyr of Nicomedia (July 7th)

This Apolytikion is sung on July 7th for the Great-martyr Kyriaki of Nicomedia, Prosomoion "Let us worship the word."  "Thou didst prove an auspicious and pleasing sacrifice . . . ."

Mary Magdalene-Myrrh-bearer, Apolytikion

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Mary Magdalene-Myrrh-bearer (July 22nd)

This Apolytikion is sung on July 22nd for Mary Magdalene, Myrrh-bearer & Equal to the Apostles, Prosomoion "The soldiers standing guard."  "When Christ God had been born for our sakes from the Virgin . . . ."  Updated with the Apolytikion version, 7/9/18.

Prokeimenon-Orthros, I have raised up one chosen

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Prokeimena, Orthros-Lent-Saints

This Prokeimenon is sung at Orthros (Matins).  "I have raised up one chosen out of My people, I have found David my servant, with My holy oil have I anointed him."

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