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Title & Description Keywords
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A Good Word [Listen]

Selected verses from Psalm 44, sung as the Polyeleos for Marian feasts.  Click on the MIDI file (Listen) to hear how it sounds.

Akathist Hymn (Service)Group of files
All Saints SundayGroup of files
Alleluia

Sung in the key of G, for larger choirs.

Alleluia for warmup of voices

This Alleluia may be sung to warmup your voice before chanting and singing, as you pray at the same time.

Alleluia in Lent

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

Alleluia-with verses, sung during Holy Week

This Alleluia is sung during the first 4 days of Holy Week at Matins.  Verses begin:  "My spirit seeks thee early in the nightwatches . . . ."

Alleluias during Lent

These are the Alleluias sung during Lenten Orthros (Matins) in all 8 tones. (Updated 3-10-16)

AnaphoraGroup of files
Annunciation to the Theotokos (March 25)Group of files
Anthony the Great (Jan 17)Group of files
AntiphonsGroup of files
Archangels, Festal Troparia after Psalm 50

These are the troparia and idiomelon sung after Psalm 50 for the Synaxis of the Archangels, November 8th.  "Glory . . . Through the intercessions of the incorporeals . . . Both now . . . Through the intercessions of the Theotokos . . . Have mercy . . . O divine incorporeals . . . ."

Arise, O God

Sung at the Vesperal Liturgy on Holy Saturday morning

As Many Of You As Have Been BaptizedGroup of files
Ascension of our Lord (40 days after Pascha)Group of files
Ascension of our Lord-After-Feast, Entrance Hymn

This is the Entrance Hymn sung during the After-Feast of the Ascension of the Lord.  "Come let us worship . . . O Son of God, who didst rise from us in glory to the heavens . . . ."

Ascension of our Lord-After-Feast, Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried" (Wednesday-7th week)

These stichera are sung on Wednesday evening of the 7th week of Pascha, after the Ascension of our Lord, Prosomoion "Thou who wast called from on high."  "Having accomplished salvation for all mankind . . . ."

Athanasius & Cyril, Patriarchs of Alexandria (Jan 18)Group of files
Awed by the beauty of thy virginity

Theotokion of the first kathisma of Mode III Resurrectional Matins. Also sung at the end of the Salutations to the Theotokos service on Fridays of Great Lent.

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Baptism, Sacrament of

Chant and Choral music for the Sacrament of Baptism.  UPDATED AND CORRECTED, 8/29/13.

Bartholomew & Barnabas, Stichera at the Aposticha at Vespers

These stichera are sung at the Aposticha at Vespers on June 11th for Ss. Bartholomew & Barnabas, Prosomoion "O all-lauded Martyrs . . . ."  "O seers and Apostles of our God . . . ."

Beatitudes, The [Listen]

The Beatitudes is sung in the Slavic tradition during the Little Entrance.

Before CommunionGroup of files
Before Thy CrossGroup of files
Beheading of John the Baptist (August 29th)Group of files
Bless, O Lord, Thy Servants

Sung at weddings

Bless, O Lord, Thy Servants

Sung at weddings

Blessed Be the Name of the LordGroup of files
Bridegroom Matins-Palm Sunday evening, Aposticha

This is the Aposticha sung on Palm Sunday evening at the Holy Monday Bridegroom Orthros.  "The mother of the sons of Zebedee . . . ."

Byzantine Guide to the Tones

An introductory help and guide to the scales of each tone for Byzantine Chant.  Updated 8/30/18.

Byzantine Guide to the Tones: Mneumonic Verses [Listen]

A singable guide to each tone in Byzantine chant, syllabic style only. (Not to be actually sung in church, though!)  Click on [Listen] to hear this being sung.

Byzantine Tone Formulae

A comprehensive chart for understanding the 8 Byzantine Tones

Byzantine Vespers Project

This is the music from the 1974 version of Kazan's Vespers. It has been typeset but NOT corrected in its barring and accenting, with ison added.  Updated 11/22/16.

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Carols of the NativityGroup of files
Cheese Fare (Forgiveness) Sunday, Doxastikon & Theotokion (Glory-Both now) at the Praises

This Glory & Both now are sung at the Praises on Cheese Fare (Forgiveness) Sunday, Tone 6/Plagal Second Mode.  "The time cometh which is the beginning of spiritual struggles . . . Most blessed art thou . . . ."

Cheese Fare (Forgiveness) Sunday, Doxastikon (Glory) at "O Lord, I have cried"

This is the Glory to be sung at "O Lord I have cried" on Cheese Fare (Forgiveness) Sunday, Tone 6/Plagal Second Mode.  "Verily, Adam sat opposite paradise . . ."

Cheese Fare (Forgiveness) Sunday, Doxastikon (Glory) at the Aposticha at Vespers

This is the Glory to be sung at the Aposticha on Cheese Fare (Forgiveness) Sunday, Tone 6/Plagal Second Mode.  "Verily, Adam for eating was driven from Paradise . . ."

Cherubic HymnsGroup of files
Children's Music 1

This is the first set of Children's music for our youngest children, ages Pre-school to 6 years old.

Children's Music 2

This is the second set of Children's music, for ages 7-12 years old.

Christ is RisenGroup of files
Circumcision of Christ/Basil the Great (Jan 1)Group of files
Come Let Us Worship

Convention music-40A

Come Let Us Worship (choral)

This version of "O Come, Let Us Worship" is for larger choirs able to split each part.  It is a part of Richard's "The Chants of Vespers."

Communion HymnsGroup of files
Communion Hymns for the Year

25 communion hymns for all occasions throughout the liturgical year.  Updated 3/5/18.

Conception of John the Baptist (Sept 23)Group of files
Conception of the Theotokos by Righteous Anna (Dec 9)Group of files
Consecration of Resurrection Church in Jerusalem (Sept. 13/Dec 9)Group of files
Constantine & Helen (May 21st)Group of files
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Demetrios the Myrrh-Streaming (October 26)Group of files
DismissalsGroup of files
Divine Liturgy - 2-part

This music is for smaller or mission choirs, having only a melody and an ison (bass note), in the key of C-major.

Divine Liturgy - 3-part

Three-part music for smaller choirs, in the key of F.

Divine Liturgy - 4-part

This music is in 4-part harmony, in the key of D, by Richard Toensing.  Updated: 1/27/13.

Divine Liturgy - English version of the Arabic

The Divine Liturgy by Professor Michael Hilko, sung by many of our choirs in the 1950s and 1960s, is now available in English.

Divine Liturgy - Major setting

This is Dr. Karam's major setting for the Liturgy. Updated 1/13/14.

Divine Liturgy - Minor setting

This is Prof. Karam's minor setting of the Divine Liturgy.

Divine Liturgy for Congregational Singing

by Richard Toensing

Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom in Tone 3 by Fr. John FinleyGroup of files
Dormition of St. Anna, Stichera at the Aposticha at Vespers

These stichera at the Aposticha at Vespers are sung on July 25th for the Dormition of Righteous Anna, the mother of the Theotokos, Prosomion "Rejoice."   "Rejoice, spiritual swallow . . . ."

Dormition of the Theotokos (August 15)Group of files
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Elevation (Exaltation) of the Cross (Sept 14)Group of files
Elias (Elijah) the Prophet (July 20th)Group of files
Entrance (Presentation) of the Theotokos into the Temple (Nov 21)Group of files
Entrance HymnsGroup of files
Epiphany of our Lord (Baptism of Christ)

Feast Day is January 6th.  Also under "Theophany of our Lord Series."

ExaposteilariaGroup of files
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Forefeast and Paramon (Eve) of the Nativity of Christ (Dec 20-24)Group of files
Forefeast of the Elevation of the Cross (Sept. 13th)Group of files
Forgiveness Theotokion

This Theotokion is sung at the end of Forgiveness Evening Vespers, Tone/Mode 2.  "O Mother of the high God, O righteous one, . . ."

Fourth Sunday in Lent, Doxastikon at the Praises

This is the Doxastikon (Glory) at the Praises for the Fourth Sunday in Lent.  "Come, let us labor in the mystical field . . . ."

Funeral Service

Chant version of the Funeral Service. Updated 8/1/18, with the Epistle Reading.

Funeral Service

Choral version of the Funeral Service

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George-Great Martyr (April 23)Group of files
Give Me This Stranger

This hymn is sung on Great and Holy Friday night (Orthros of Holy Saturday), after the procession with the bier, as people are coming back into church, or at the end of the service. It is in both Western and Byzantine notation.

Gladsome LightGroup of files
God is the LordGroup of files
God Is With Us

Sung at Great Compline.  Updated 3/4/17.

Gospel ResponsesGroup of files
Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete - Full Version

Music for the Full Version of the Canon, sung on the Fifth Thursday of Lent. Updated 3/21/18.

Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete - Monday

Music for Monday of the first week of Lent

Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete - Thursday

Music for Thursday of the first week of Lent. Corrected 3/4/17.

Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete - Tuesday

Music for Tuesday of the first week of Lent

Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete - Wednesday

Music for Wednesday of the first week of Lent. Updated 3/4/17.

Great DoxologiesGroup of files
Gregory the Theologian, Archbishop of Constantinople (Jan 25)Group of files
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Hierarchical Divine Liturgy Rubrics

These are the Rubrics to follow for when the Bishop, Metropolitan, or Patriarch is serving the Divine Liturgy in your parish.  They are for the Priests, Choirs, and Chanters.

Holy Father Slain at the Monastery of Mar Sabbas, Stichera at "O Lord I have cried"

 These stichera are sung on March 20th, Tone/Mode 4, prosomion "As one valiant."   "In your great and whole-hearted love . . . ."

Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council, Doxastikon (Glory) at "O Lord, I have cried"

This is the Glory at "O Lord, I have cried" for the Sunday of the Holy Fathers, October 11th-17th.  "Let us extol today those mystical trumpets of the Spirit . . . ."

Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council, Doxastikon (Glory) at the Aposticha

This Glory at the Aposticha is sung on the Sunday between October 11th & 17th for the Holy Fathers of the 7th Ecumenical Council.  "Come, ye assemblies of Orthodoxy, let us celebrate today . . . ."

Holy Fathers, Doxastikon (Glory) at the Praises

This Glory at the Praises is sung on the Sunday of the Holy Fathers (in October, after Ascension, and in July).  "When the rank of the holy Father flocked . . . ."  The music is in Western & Byzantine notation.

Holy Friday Great Vespers, Doxa at the Aposticha

This is the Doxastikon (Glory & Both now) sung at the Aposticha on Great & Holy Friday afternoon.  "Thou Who coverest Thyself with light as with a garment . . . ."  Byzantine notation only. Updated 4/3/18.

Holy Friday Matins

These are Prof. Hilko's arrangements of the Orthros Service sung on Holy Thursday evening, in anticipation of Holy Friday, using Russian Tones. UPDATED 6/4/13!

Holy Saturday Orthros (Lamentation Service), Apolytikia

These are the Apolytikia sung on Holy Friday evening for Holy Saturday Orthros, beginning with "God is the Lord . . . The noble Joseph . . . Glory . . . When Thou didst descend unto death . . . Both now . . . Unto the myrrh-bearing women . . . ."  The music is in Western & Byzantine notation.

Holy Saturday Orthros, Lamentations

These Lamentations are sung on Holy Friday evening for the Matins of Holy Saturday.  "In a grave they laid Thee . . . Right it is indeed . . . Every generation chanteth hymns of praise . . . ."  The music is in Western & Byzantine notation.

Holy Saturday Orthros-Complete

This is the service for Holy Saturday Orthros (Lamentation service) sung on Holy Friday evening.  It contains:  God is the Lord, Apolytikia, Kathismata, Canon, Lamentations, Praises, Doxa at the Praises, Great Doxology and "Give me this Stranger."  BYZANTINE NOTATION ONLY.  Updated 4/3/18.

Holy Unction Service

Music for the Sacrament of Holy Unction - sung on Holy Wednesday evening and other times for healing.  UPDATED: May, 2011!

Holy Wednesday Orthros, Both now at Praises

This is the Both now at the Praises of Holy Wednesday Orthros, sung on Holy Tuesday evening.  "She that was engulfed in sin . . . ."

Holy Week Series

This Series of music includes:  Alleluia (before "Before the Bridegroom"), Behold the Bridegroom (for each night-chant & choral), the Exaposteilarion (I behold Thy bridal chamber-chant & choral), Hymn of Kassiani (Kazan), Today He is suspended (choral), Exaposteilarion for Holy Friday (Thou didst make the thief-chant & choral), the Canon of Holy Saturday.

Hymn of Kassiani

This is the Doxastikon (Glory/Both now) at the Aposticha of the Praises for Holy Wednesday Orthros (sung on Holy Tuesday night).  "O Lord, the woman who had fallen into many sins . . . ."  It is in Western & Byzantine notation.  Updated 3/30/18.

Hymn of Kassiani the Nun

Sung as the Doxastikon of the Aposticha for Holy Wednesday Bridegroom Matins. UPDATED and corrected 7/31/13!

Hymns to the TheotokosGroup of files
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I Leave You My Peace

May be sung as a recessional hymn.

Ignatius of Antioch (Dec 20)Group of files
Innocent-Apostle to the Americas, Prokeimenon at Orthros

This Prokeimenon is sung at Orthros for St. Innocent, Apostle to the Americas.  "The steps of a righteous man are ordered by the Lord."

Is Polla Eti Dhespota

Many years, master; Convention music-52

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John Chrysostom (Feast: Nov 13; Recovery of Relics: Jan 27)Group of files
John of Damascus, Aposticha and Stichera at the Praises

Aposticha and Stichera at the Praises for St. John of Damascus, December 4, Tone 8/Plagal Fourth Mode. Prosomoia of "O strange wonder."  "Most wise, and all-lauded Father John . . . ."

Joseph was amazed, Original melody

Special Melody from 1st Orthros Kathisma-Sunday-T4

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KatabasiaeGroup of files
Kontakia during the Lenten Triodion (Pre-Lent & Lent)Group of files
Kontakia of Feasts & ForefeastsGroup of files
Kontakia of SaintsGroup of files
Kontakion for Usual Sundays (chant)

Kontakion for usual Sundays - "O Protection of Christians that cannot be put to shame..."

Kontakion for Usual Sundays (choral)

Convention music-9A

Kyriaki, the Great-martyr of Nicomedia (July 7th)Group of files
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Lamentations-Stasis 1, 2, & 3

These are the Lamentations that are sung on Holy Friday evening, during Orthros of Holy Saturday

Lazarus Saturday & Palm Sunday (Week before Pascha)Group of files
Lent, Sundays in Great LentGroup of files
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 3/3/17.

Lenten Triodion Series

Troparia & Kontakia in Choral & Chant arrangements for the Sundays of the Lenten Triodion, from Pharisee & Publican to the 5th Sunday of Great Lent.  Updated 3/24/17.

Lesser Sanctification of Water, Service

This Service of the Lesser Sanctification of Water has been approved for use in the Archdiocese, at the time of the Feast of Theophany (Epiphany), or even at times when holy water is needed in the parish.  The music is in Western and Byzantine notation.

Let All Mortal Flesh

Holy Saturday Divine Liturgy (to be sung in place of the Cherubic Hymn. Text Adaptation by Michael G. Farrow

Let My Prayer Arise (chant)

There are two versions here:  one in Tone 6/Plagal Second Mode (for the first week of Lent and Holy Week), and the second in Tone 5/Plagal First Mode (for the rest of Lent).

Let Our God Arise [Listen]

This hymn may be sung during the Paschal season, after any of the services, as a paraliturgical hymn.  NOTE: The Andante section in the MIDI does not reflect that it should slow down at that point.

Let Our Mouths Be Filled With Thy PraiseGroup of files
LitaniesGroup of files
Lord, have mercy

This is a set of 10 Lord have mercies, which may be sung 4 times for when 40 LHMs are needed, or 10 times quickly when 100 are needed, such as for the Feasts of the Cross on August 1st and September 14th.

Lord, have mercy (40 times)

This may be sung at the Feast of the Elevation of the Cross, September 14th, Russian melody.

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Magnifications (More honorable) at the Katabasiae (Canon)Group of files
Many YearsGroup of files
Marina-Great-Martyr, Stichera at the Praises

These are sung on July 17th for the Great-martyr Marina of Antioch in Pisidia, Prosomoion "As one valiant."  "With a firm and courageous mind . . . ."

Mark, the Holy Apostle & Evangelist (April 25th)Group of files
Mary Magdalene-Myrrh-bearer (July 22nd)Group of files
Matins, Kazan Byzantine ProjectGroup of files
Maximos the Confessor, Exaposteilarion & Theotokion

The Exaposteilarion & Theotokion for the Venerable Maximos the Confessor, January 21st, Prosomoion "Upon that mount in Galilee."  "Speaking divinely, thou didst preach one operation . . . ."

Meat Fare (Judgment) Sunday, Doxastikon & Theotokion (Glory-Both now) at the Praises

This is the Glory at the Praises on Meat Fare (Judgment) Sunday, Tone 1/First Mode, "Let us go before, O brethren . . . Most blessed art thou . . . ."

Meat Fare (Judgment) Sunday, Doxastikon (Glory) at "O Lord I have cried"

This Glory is sung at "O Lord I have cried" on Meat Fare (Judgment) Sunday, Tone 8/Plagal Fourth Mode, "When the thrones are placed..."

Meat Fare (Judgment) Sunday, Doxastikon (Glory) at the Aposticha

This Glory is sung at the Aposticha on Meat Fare (Judgment) Sunday, Tone 8/Plagal Fourth Mode, "Woe to thee, O darkened soul..."

Memorial Service

Chant version of the Memorial (Trisagion) Service.  Updated 2/12/17.

Memorial Service

Choral version of the Memorial (Trisagion) Service

Memory EternalGroup of files
Menaion - Kazan's Byzantine Project (12 volumes)Group of files
Mid-Pentecost, Feast of (Wednesday)Group of files
Myrrh-bearing Women Series

Divine Liturgy Music for the Second Sunday after Pascha, the Sunday of the Myrrh-bearing Women, Pious Joseph of Arimathea and Righteous Nicodemus.  Updated 4/20/17.  

Myrrh-Bearing Women Sunday, Apolytikia

Apolytikia for the third Sunday of Paschaltide (2nd Sunday after Pascha), the Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearing Women.  Updated 3/31/17.  "When thou didst submit thyself unto death . . . ."  and "The pious Joseph . . . ."  and "Verily, the angel came to the tomb . . . ."

Myrrh-bearing Women, Apolytikia (Choral)

These are the three Apolytikia (Troparia) sung on the Third Sunday of Pascha: the Sunday of the Myrrh-bearing Women, Pious Joseph of Arimathea, and Righteous Nicodemus.  "When Thou didst descend to death . . . Pious Joseph . . . Verily the angel came to the tomb . . . ."

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National Convention and Regional Conference Music for Divine Liturgy and Vespers

CAUTION: This is a 2.0 megabyte file, and may take a while to download at slow speeds.  UPDATED IN PDF FORMAT:  3/21/15.

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ (Dec 25)Group of files
Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ-Post Feast Series

The Kontakion of the Feast (sung Dec. 25-31); the Alleluia & Hymn to the Theotokos for the Synaxis (Dec. 26), & the Troparion of the Sunday after the Nativity (Dec. 25-31)

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ-Pre Feast Series

The Kontakion and the Troparia of the Prefeast and Paramon of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, November 26th - December 24th.  Music has been updated Nov. 30th.

Nativity of the Theotokos (Sept 8)Group of files
Nativity of the Theotokos, After-Feast-Sept. 10th, Exaposteilarion

This Exaposteilarion is sung on September 10th for the After-feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos, Prosmoion "Hearken, ye women."  "O Adam be made new again . . . ."

Nativity of the Theotokos, After-Feast-Sept. 10th, Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried"

These are the stichera sung on September 10th for the After-feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos, Prosomoion "With what fair crowns."  "We who are vain and vile . . . ."

Nicholas the Wonderworker, Troparia after Psalm 50

These are the troparia sung after Psalm 50 for St. Nicholas, December 6th.  "Glory . . . Through the interecessions of Bishop Nicholas . . . Both now . . . Through the intercessions of the Theotokos . . . Have mercy . . . Well done, good and faithful servant . . . ."

Now the Powers of Heaven

New music for SMI, 2010

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O Lord of Hosts

Sung at Great Compline.  This also has the Arabic transliteration version.  Updated 2/27/17.

Open To Me The Doors of Repentance

The three hymns are sung as the Post-Gospel Hymns for the Triodion, after Psalm 50, from the Sunday of the Pharisee and Publican to the 5th Sunday of Lent.

Open To Me The Doors of Repentance [Listen]

These reverential troparia are sung during Matins (Orthros) from the Sunday of the Pharisee and Publican to the 5th Sunday of Lent.

Open To Me The Doors of Repentance

These three hymns are sung during the Season of the Triodion, in Orthros as the Post-Gospel hymns after Psalm 50, from the Sunday of the Pharisee and Publican to the 5th Sunday of Lent.  They are in Western & Byzantine notation.  Tone 8/Plagal Fourth Mode & Tone 6/Plagal Second Mode.  Updated 2/3/18.

Ordination MusicGroup of files
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Panteleimon, Great-martyr & Healer (July 27th)Group of files
Paraklesis-Great

The musical score for the service of Great Paraklesis, including Holy Transfiguration Monastery's metered translation of the Canon written out with Western notation.  Updated 7/31/18, with isson and corrected responses.

Paraklesis-Great, With Music

This is the Great Paraklesis service with text and music combined.  Updated 8/3/18, with isson, corrected responses and typos.

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, and isson, 7/28/18. (New link as well.)

Paraklesis-Little (Small), With Music

This is the Small (Little) Paraklesis service with text and music combined.  Update 7/28/18, with updated isson, and lots of other stuff.

Paraklesis-Special Megalynaria

These are the special Megalynaria for the Patron Saint or Patronal Feast of your church, sung during "Higher than the heavens . . . ," following the 5th verse of "Speechless be the lips . . . ." Updated 8/6/18.

Paraliturgical MusicGroup of files