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Father John El Massih

Annunciation, Prokeimenon at Orthros (Matins)

Annunciation to the Theotokos (March 25)

This Prokeimenon is sung at Orthros (Matins) on the Feast of the Annunciation to the Most-Holy Theotokos, March 25th, Tone/Mode 4.  "Proclaim from day to day . . . ."  Updated 3/25/2023.

Lenten Apolytikia

These Apolytikia (Troparia) are sung at the end of Lenten Vespers, Tone 5/Plagal First mode.  "Rejoice, O Virgin . . .  O Baptizer of Christ . . . ."  This includes both Western and Byzantine notation. Updated 2/21/19 (music & corrections to text).

Alleluia in Lent

This Alleluia replaces "God is the Lord" during Orthros/Matins on weekdays during the Lenten season.

Presentation (Meeting) of our Lord in the Temple-After-Feast, Exaposteilarion (Feb 5)


After-feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple, February 5th, Prosomoion "Hearken, ye women."  "Fulfilling Thine ineffable economy for us, O Lord . . . ."

Vespers, Kazan - Glory, Slow Final, in Various Tones

Vespers, Kazan Byzantine Project

Slow (Sticheraric) Final Glory in the various tones, from the Kazan Vespers book, adapted. Updated 1/14/17.

Paraklesis-Little (Small)

The musical score for the service of Small Paraklesis, including Holy Transfiguration Monastery's metered translation of the Canon written out with Western notation.  Updated typos & accidentals, isson, text, and Apolytikion, 8/11/2020. (New link as well, 7d.)

Beheading of John the Baptist, Apolytikion

Beheading of John the Baptist (August 29th)

The Apolytkion of St. John the Baptist, sung on the Feast Day for his Beheading, August 29th & 30th, as well as for his Synaxis on January 7th.  "The memory of the righteous is celebrated with songs of praise . . . ."  This music is in Western & Byzantine notation.  Updated 8/27/2020, with corrected music and text.

Before Thy Cross

Before Thy Cross

This is sung on the Feast of the Elevation (Exaltation) of the Holy Cross (Sept. 14th), the Third Sunday of Great Lent, and on the Feast of the Procession of the Holy Cross (Aug. 1st), Tone/Mode 2.  Updated 3/1/17.

Troparion of the 5th Sunday of Great Lent

Troparia during the Season of Great Lent

This Apolytikion is sung for our Righteous Mother Mary of Egypt on the 5th Sunday of Great Lent, and also on her Feast Day of April 1st.  "Through thee the divine likeness was securely preserved . . . ."   Updated 4/16/19.

Ignatius of Antioch, Apolytikion

Ignatius of Antioch (Dec 20)

The Apolytikion for St. Ignatius of Antioch, December 20th, and January 29th (Recovery of his relics).  "By choosing the Apostles' way of life . . . ."  Updated 12/19/2022, with corrected text.

Dormition of the Theotokos, Apolytikion (Troparion-choral)

Dormition of the Theotokos (August 15)

Sung from August 15th to the 23rd.  "In thy birth-giving, O Theotokos . . . ."

Dormition of the Theotokos, Apolytikion (Troparion-chant)

Dormition of the Theotokos (August 15)

Sung from August 15th to the 23rd, for the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos.  "In thy birth-giving, O Theotokos . . . ."  Updated on 8//2020 with a 2nd version by Chadi.

Pentecost, Prokeimenon in Orthros

Pentecost (50 days after Pascha)

Sung before the Orthros Gospel, on the Feast of Pentecost.  "Thy good Spirit shall lead me in the land of uprightness."  Updated 11/19/18.

Music Rebuild Tags: 
Thy good spirit shall lead me into the land of uprightness; Matins; Matins Gospel Prokeimenon for Pentecost

Prefeast of the Nativity of Christ, Kontakion

Kontakia of Feasts & Forefeasts

Chant version to be sung November 26 - December 24.  "On this day the Virgin cometh to the cave . . . ."  Updated 1/21/17.

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