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All the Universe Rejoices - Christmas Carol [Listen]

4-part harmony, in the key of G, updated 11/23/13.

Carols of the Nativity - Set 1

Christmas Carols

Carols of the Nativity - Set 2

Christmas Carols

Heaven and Earth - Christmas Carol [Listen]

4-part harmony, in the key of G, updated 11/23/13.

Hymn to St. Nicholas - Christmas Carol [Listen]

4-part harmony, in the key of F, updated 11/23/13.

Hymn to St. Nicholas - Christmas Carol, 2-part [Listen]

2-part harmony, in the key of F, updated 11/23/13.

There is joy in Bethlehem - Christmas Carol [Listen]

4-part harmony, in the key of G, updated 11/23/13.

There was great rejoicing - Christmas Carol [Listen]

4-part harmony, in the key of A-flat, updated 11/23/13.

Conception of the Theotokos by Righteous Anna, Exaposteilarion & Theotokion

These are the Exaposteilarion & Theotokion for the Conception of the Theotokos by Righteous Anna, December 9th.  Exapost: Prosomoion "While standing in the Temple's courts."  "The Lord, being compassionate . . . ."  Theotokion: Prosomoion "Thou Who as God adornest."  "Now from a womb once barren . . . ."

Conception of the Theotokos by Righteous Anna, Kontakion

This Kontakion is sung on December 9th for the Conception of the Theotokos by Righteous Anna.  Prosomoion "On this day thou hast appeared."  "All the world doth celebrate . . . ."

Conception of the Theotokos by Righteous Anna, Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried"

These are sung for the Conception of the Theotokos by Righteous Anna, December 9th, Prosomoion "Thou who wast called from on high."  "Having past hope borne as fruit the holy Virgin . . . ."  Updated 11/15/18.

Conception of the Theotokos by Righteous Anna, Stichera at the Aposticha at Vespers

These stichera are sung for the Conception of the Theotokos by Righteous Anna, December 9th, Prosomoion "Rejoice."  "Anna, the worthy namesake of grace . . . ."  Updated 11/2/2020.

Conception of the Theotokos by Righteous Anna, Stichera at the Praises

These praises are sung on December 9th for the Conception of the Theotokos by Righteous Anna, Prosomoion "O house of Ephratha."  "Adam and Eve, rejoice and put aside all sorrow . . . ."  Updated 11/15/18.

Consecration of Resurrection Church in Jerusalem, Exaposteilarion

This Exaposteilarion is sung for the Consecration of the Church of the Resurrection in Jerusalem, December 9th, Prosomoion "While standing in the Temple's courts."  "Thy hallowed and all marvellous and august Church . . . ."

Consecration of Resurrection Church in Jerusalem, Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried"

These are the stichera for the Consecration of the Church of the Resurrection in Jerusalem, December 9th, Prosomoion "Ye angelic hosts."  "Sovereign Master Christ, Thou divine and immortal Wisdom . . . ."  Updated 12/2/2020.

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Eleutherios-Bishop of Illyria, Apolytikion

This Apolytikion is sung for the Hieromartyr Eleutherios, Bishop of Illyria, December 15th, Prosomoion "Let us worship the Word."  "Being comely adorned in thy sacred priestly robes . . . ."

Eleutherios-Bishop of Illyria, Exaposteilarion & Theotokion

These are sung for the Hieromartyr Eleutherios, Bishop of Illyria, December 15th, Prosomoion "Thou who as God adornest."  "Thou as a shepherd broughtest droves of believers . . . O thou all-holy Maiden . . . ."

Eleutherios-Bishop of Illyria, Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried"

These stichera are sung for the Hieromartyr Eleutherios, Bishop of Illyria, December 15th, Prosomoion "Unto them that fear thee."  "The All-holy Spirit's great and sacred vessel didst thou become . . . ."

Eleutherios-Bishop of Illyria, Stichera at the Aposticha at Vespers

These are sung for the Hieromartyr Eleutherios, Bishop of Illyria, December 15th, Prosomoion "Thou art the joy."  "Having become a protector . . . ."

Eleutherios-Bishop of Illyria, Stichera at the Praises

These are sung for the Hieromartyr Eleutherios, Bishop of Illyria, December 15th, Prosomoion "As it is written."  "From Christ our God didst thou receive . . . ."  Updated header, 8/11/2020.

Barbara and John of Damascus, Exaposteilaria & Theotokion

Exaposteilaria for St. Barbara and St. John of Damascus, 4 December, Tone 3/Third Mode. Prosomoia of "While standing in the temple's courts".  Updated 11/20/18.

Herman of Alaska, Exaposteilarion & Theotokion

This is for St. Herman of Alaska, December 13th, Prosomoion "From the heights our Savior, Christ."  "At the evening of thy life . . . ."

Menas, Eugraphos & Hermogenes of Alexandria, Exaposteilarion & Theotokion

These are sung on December 10th for the Martyrs Menas, Eugraphos, and Hermogenes, Prosomoion "Thou who as God adornest."  "With thy fair-spoken discourse . . . ."

Sabbas the Sanctified, Exaposteilaria & Theotokion

These are sung for our Righteous Father Sabbas the Sanctified, December 5th:  1st Prosomoion "While standing in the Temple's courts."  "O Father Sabbas wise in God . . . ."  2nd Prosomoion "O Changeless Light."  "Let all the desert make merry . . . Thou art a gold-entwined tower . . . ."

Stephen the Proto-Martyr & Archdeacon, Exaposteilaria & Theotokion

These are the Exaposteilaria & Theotokion for the Proto-martyr Stephen, December 27th.  1st Exapost: Prosomoion "From the heights our Savior, Christ."  "Unto Thee as unto the King is Stephen brought . . . ."  2nd Exapost. & Theotokion:  Prosomoion "Upon that mount in Galilee."  "He that was filled in very truth . . . Now there is born in Bethlehem . . . ."

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Forefeast (Paramon) of the Nativity of Christ, Stichera at the Aposticha at Vespers (Dec. 24th)

These stichera are for the Aposticha at Vespers on December 24th, but are also sung as the 2nd set of stichera at "O Lord, I have cried" on the Sunday before the Nativity, when it falls on the 24th.  "Let us go before, O nations, and celebrate the Nativity of Christ . . . ."

Forefeast of the Nativity of Christ, 3rd stichera at the Aposticha at Vespers

This is the Original Melody of "O house of Ephratha," sung at the Aposticha at Vespers for the Forefeast of the Nativity of Christ, December 20th.  "O house of Ephratha, august and holy city . . . ."  UPdated 11/30/19.

Forefeast of the Nativity of Christ, Apolytikion (hard chromatic)

This hard chromatic version is sometimes used in the Antiochian patriarchate from December 20th - 23rd, Prosomion "Joseph was amazed,"  "Be thou ready Bethlehem, Eden hath been opened unto all . . . ."  However, it is more proper to use the soft chromatic version when singing it as an Apolytikion.  Updated 11/30/17.

Forefeast of the Nativity of Christ, Apolytikion (soft chromatic)

Apolytikion sung from December 20th - 23rd, Prosomion "Joseph was amazed," soft chromatic version.  "Be thou ready, Bethlehem . . . ."  Updated 11/28/17.  Use this version when this is sung as a Dismisssal Hymn (Apolytikion).

Forefeast of the Nativity of Christ, Both now at the Aposticha at Vespers (Dec 20-24)

This is the "Both now" of the Aposticha at Vespers for the Forefeast of the Nativity of Christ (Dec. 20th), also sung for the Sunday before the Nativity, when it falls from December 20th - 24th.  "Behold, the time of our salvation approacheth . . . ."

Forefeast of the Nativity of Christ, Exaposteilarion (Dec 20)

Exaposteilarion for the Forefeast of the Nativity of Christ, December 20th, Prosomoion "From the heights our Savior, Christ."  "Make thou ready, Bethlehem, prepare thyself, O little cave . . . ."

Forefeast of the Nativity of Christ, Exaposteilarion (Dec 20-24)

Exaposteilaria for the Forefeast of the Nativity of Christ, if it's a Sunday between December 20th - 24th, Prosomoion "Upon that mount in Galilee."  "Be glad, O little Bethlehem . . ."  Updated 12/13/17.

Forefeast of the Nativity of Christ, Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried"

These are sung for the Forefeast of the Nativity of Christ, December 24th, Prosomoion, "As one valiant."  "Let the cymbals resound today . . . ."

Forefeast of the Nativity of Christ, Stichera at the Praises (Dec 20)

These Praises are for the Forefeast of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, December 20th, The Original Melody:  "Ye angelic hosts, go ye on the way before us . . . ."  Updated 11/30/19.

Paramon (Eve) of the Nativity of Christ, Apolytikion (hard chromatic)

This hard chromatic version is sometimes used in the Antiochian patriarchate on December 24th, Prosomion "Joseph was amazed,"  "As the fruit of David's seed Mary was registered of old . . . ."  However, it is more proper to use the soft chromatic version when singing it as an Apolytikion.  Updated 11/30/17.

Paramon (Eve) of the Nativity of Christ, Apolytikion (soft chromatic)

Apolytikion sung on December 24th,  Prosomion "Joseph was amazed," soft chromatic version.  "As the fruit of David's seed . . . ."  Use this version when singing this as a Dismissal Hymn (Apolytikion).

Paramon (Eve) of the Nativity of Christ, Aposticha of the Praises

Aposticha of the Praises for the Paramon (Eve) of the Nativity, December 24th, Prosomoion "O house of Ephratha."  "Thou art become the house of Him that fashioned all things . . . ."

Paramon (Eve) of the Nativity of Christ, Exaposteilaria

Exaposteilaria & Theotokion for the Paramon (Eve) of the Nativity and St. Eugenia, December 24th, Prosomoion, "Upon that mount in Galilee."  "Dwelling in light beyond approach . . . ."

Paramon (Eve) of the Nativity of Christ, Stichera at the Praises

These are the Stichera at the Praises for the Forefeast of the Nativity of Christ, December 24th, Prosomoion "Ye angelic hosts."  "O the untold myst'ries, transcending understanding . . . ."

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Nativity of our Lord, Hymn to the Theotokos, chant

Nativity of our Lord (A), chant version of the Hymn to the Theotokos.  "O my soul, magnify her . . . A mystery I behold . . . ."

Nativity of our Lord, Hymn to the Theotokos, choral [Listen]

Nativity of our Lord (B), choral version.  "O my soul, magnify her . . . A mystery I behold . . . ."

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Ignatius of Antioch, Apolytikion

The Apolytikion for St. Ignatius of Antioch, December 20th, and January 29th (Recovery of his relics).  "By choosing the Apostles' way of life . . . ."  Updated 6/27/19, with corrected music!

Ignatius of Antioch, Exaposteilaria & Theotokion (Dec 20)

These are the 2 Exaposteilaria & the Theotokion for St. Ignatius of Antioch, December 20th.  First: Prosomoion "Upon that mount in Galilee."  "Thou didst proclaim: I am the wheat . . . ."  Second set: Prosomoion "Hearken, ye women."  "Wounded with yearning for the love . . . Before the Lord's Nativity . . . ."

Ignatius of Antioch, Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried (Dec 20)

These stichera are sung for St. Ignatius of Antioch, December 20th, Prosomoion "Thou who wast called from on high."  "Thou who wast worthily surnamed The God-bearer . . . ."  Updated 11/30/19.

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Prefeast of the Nativity of Christ, Kontakion

Kontakion, choral version, sung from November 26 - December 24.  "The Virgin cometh today to the cave to give birth . . . ."

Prefeast of the Nativity of Christ, Kontakion

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

Stephen, First Martyr & Archdeacon, Kontakion

This Kontakion is sung on December 27th for St. Stephen the First Martyr (Protomartyr) and Archdeacon, Prosmoion "On this day the Virgin."  "Yesterday the Master came . . . ."  The music is in Western and Byzantine notation.

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Menaion - 12 December

Festal hymnody from the Menaion for December. This music is from the Byzantine Menaion Project by Basil Kazan. The music is type-set, properly accented and barred, with ison, and rubrics and instructions added in, along with special melodies noted. Update 12/8/2020.

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Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ Series

Divine Liturgy music for December 25th, which includes choral and chant arrangements for the Antiphons, Entrance Hymn, Troparion, Kontakion, Alleluia, Hymn to the Theotokos, and Communion Hymns.  Updated 11/9/19.

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, 9th Ode (Double Canon)

This is the full 9th Ode of the Double Canon for the Nativity of Christ, December 25th, with the concluding Katabasiae of the 9th Ode for each canon.  "Magnify, O my soul . . . I behold a strange and wonderful mystery . . . Today the Virgin giveth birth . . . Verily, it is easier . . . ."  Updated 11/22/18.

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, 9th Ode (Full Double Canon)

This is the Full 9th Ode of Canon 1 & Canon 2 for the Nativity of Christ, Magnifications & Troparia, sung on December 25th.  "Magnify, O my soul . . . A strange and marvellous mystery . . . Today the Virgin giveth birth . . . Being well content, out of fear . . . ."  The music is in Western & Byzantine notation.  Updated 12/12/2020.

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Apolytikion (chant)

This is the chant version of the Apolytikion of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, December 25th.  "Thy Nativity, O Christ our God . . . ."  It is in Western and Byzantine notation.

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Apolytikion (choral)

This is a choral version of the Apolytikion of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, December 25th.  "Thy Nativity, O Christ our God, hath given rise to the light of knowledge in the world . . . ."

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Both now at "O Lord, I have cried"

This is used as the Both now for the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, and also for the days after the Nativity.  "When Augustus became supreme ruler of earth . . . ."

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Both now at the Aposticha

This is sung as the Both now at the Aposticha for the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ.  "O Christ God, Thou hast dwelt in a cave . . . ."

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Both now at the Litia / Sunday after Christmas, Both now at the Aposticha & After-Feast

This is the Both Now (Second Doxastikon) at the Litia for the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, December 25th.  It is also used as the Both now of the Aposticha for the Sunday after the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, December 26-31, as well as its After-Feast.  "Today all the Angels in Heaven exchange glad tidings and rejoice . . . ."

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Communion Hymn

This Communion Hymn is in E-minor, sung on the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ in the Flesh, December 25th, and on its Leave-taking, December 31st.  "The Lord hath sent redemption to his people."

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Communion Hymn

This is the Communion Hymn sung at the Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Nativity of Christ, December 25th.  "The Lord hath sent redemption to His People.  Alleluia."

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Communon Hymn

The Communion Hymn for the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, December 25th.  "The Lord hath sent redemption to His people.  Alleluia."  Updated 10/12/19.

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Doxa (Glory) & Both now at "O Lord, I have cried"

This is the Glory and Both now sung for the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, December 25th.  "When Augustus became supreme ruler of earth . . . ."

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Doxa (Glory) & Both now at the Aposticha at Vespers

This is the Glory and Both now sung for the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, December 25th.  "Glory . . . Rejoice, O Jerusalem, and celebrate . . . Both now . . . O Christ God, Thou hast dwelt in a cave . . . ."

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Doxa (Glory) & Both now at the Praises

This is the Glory and Both Now sung at the Praises for the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, December 25th.  "When it was time for thy presence on earth . . . Today Christ is born in Bethlehem . . . ."

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Entrance Hymn

This Entrance Hymn is sung in the Divine Liturgy on the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ.  "Before the morning star I begot Thee from the womb . . . ."  Updated 10/12/19.

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Exaposteilarion

Exaposteilarion for the Nativity of Christ (December 25), Original melody/automelon of "From the heights our Savior, Christ".  Updated 12/11/16.

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Exaposteilarion (choral)

This is the choral arrangement of the Exaposteilarion sung for the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, December 25th.  "Down from heaven's holy height . . . ."

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Festal Troparia after Psalm 50

These are the troparia sung after Psalm 50 in Orthros for the Nativity of Christ, December 25th.  "Glory . . . Today all creatures . . . Both now . . . Today all creatures . . . Have mercy . . . Glory to God in the highest . . . ."

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Festal Troparia after Psalm 50

These troparia are sung after Psalm 50 in Orthros for the Feast of the Nativity of Christ, December 25th.  "Glory . . . All things are filled with joy today . . . Both now . . . All things . . . Have mercy on me . . . Glory to God in the highest . . . ."  The music is in Western & Byzantine notation.

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, First Antiphon in Liturgy

This is the First Antiphon with verses for the Divine Liturgy on the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, December 25th.  "Through the intercessions of the Theotokos . . . ."

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Glory/Both now at "O Lord, I have cried"

This is the Glory and the Both now sung at "O Lord, I have cried" for the Feast of the Nativity of Christ, December 25th.  "When Augustus reigned alone upon the earth . . . ."  The music is in Western & Byzantine notation.

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Glory/Both now at "O Lord, I have cried"

This is the Glory/Both now sung at Vespers at OLIHC for the Feast of the Nativity of Christ, December 25th, using the translation from The Festal Menaion (Ware/Mother Mary).  "When Augustus reigned alone upon earth . . . ."

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Glory/Both now at the Praises

This is the Glory and Both now sung at the Praises for the Feast of the Nativity of Christ, December 25th.  "When it was time for Thy coming on earth . . . ."  The music is in Western & Byzantine notation.  Updated 12/15/2020.

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Katabasia-1st Canon, Ode 9

This is the Katabasia of the 9th Ode of the 1st Canon of the Nativity of Christ, sung from November 21st to December 24th (the Eve of the Feast).  "Magnify, O my soul . . . I behold a strange and wonderful mystery . . . ."  (Updated 10/9/18)

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Katabasia-2nd Canon, Ode 9

This is the Heirmos from the 9th Ode of the 2nd Canon of the Nativity of Christ, sung from December 26th - 30th, "Verily, it is easier for us to endure silence . . . ."  When sung as Heirmos, we us the magnificat "Today the Virgin giveth birth . . . ."  When sung as Katabasia, we use the magnificat "Magnify, O my soul, her who hath delivered us from the curse."  Updated 8/22/18.

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Katabasiae (Double Canon, Odes 1-8)

This double Canon of the Nativity of Christ has both sets of Katabasiae from the 1st and 2nd Canon (Odes 1-8), which are sung on the Feast of Christmas itself, December 25th, and on its Leave-taking, December 31st. "Christ is born, glorify Him . . . The Lord performed a miracle . . . ." Updated 12/3/17.

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Katabasiae-1st Canon, Odes 1-8

These Katabasiae, Odes 1-8, are to be sung in preparation of the Nativity of Christ from November 21st to December 24th (the Eve of the Feast).  "Christ is born, glorify Him . . . ."

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Katabasiae-2nd Canon, Odes 1-8

These Katabasiae are from the 2nd Canon of the Nativity of Christ and are sung from December 26th - 30th.  "The Lord performed a miracle . . . ."

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Katavasia-1st Canon, Ode 9

This is the Magnification & Katavasia of the 9th Ode of the 1st Canon that is sung for the Nativity of Christ from November 21st to December 24th.  "Magnify, O my soul . . . A strange and marvellous mystery . . . ."  The music is in Western & Byzantine notation.

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Katavasia-2nd Canon, Ode 9

This is the Magnification & Katavasia of the 9th Ode of the 2nd Canon that is sung for the Nativity of Christ from December 27th to the 30th.  "Magnify, O my soul . . . Being well content, out of fear . . . ."  The music is in Western & Byzantine notation.  Updated 12/13/2020.

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Katavasiae (Double Canon, Ode 9)

These are the Magnifications & Katavasiae of the 9th Ode for Canon 1 & Canon 2 for the Nativity of Christ, sung on December 25th, 26th & 31st.  "Magnify, O my soul . . . A strange and marvellous mystery . . . Magnify, O my soul . . . Being well content, out of fear . . . ."  The music is in Western & Byzantine notation.  Updated 11/14/2020.

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Katavasiae (Double Canon, Odes 1-8)

These are the Katavasiae of both Canon 1 & Canon 2 for Odes 1-8 for the Nativity of Christ, sung on December 25th, 26 & 31st.  "Christ is born, give ye glory . . . Working a great wonder . . . ."  The music is in Western & Byzantine notation.  Updated 11/14/2020.

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Katavasiae-1st Canon, Odes 1-8

These are the Katavasiae of the 1st Canon, Odes 1-8, sung for the Nativity of Christ from November 21st to December 24th.  "Christ is born, give ye glory . . . ."  The music is in Western & Byzantine notation.  Updated 11/29/2020.

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Katavasiae-2nd Canon, Odes 1-8

These are the Katavasiae of the 2nd Canon, Odes 1-8, sung for the Nativity of Christ during its After-feast from December 26-30.  "Working a great wonder . . . ."  The music is in Western & Byzantine notation.  Updated 12/13/2020.

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Kathismata

Kathismata for the Nativity of Christ (December 25), Prosomoion "Joseph was amazed."  "Come, ye faithful let us see where Christ the Savior hath been born . . . ."  Updated 11/30/19.

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Kontakion (chant)

Kontakion for the Nativity of Christ, December 25th, the Original melody/automelon "On this day the Virgin beareth the Transcendent in Essense . . . ."  Updated 12/11/16.

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Kontakion (choral)

This is the choral version of the Kontakion of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, December 25th. "The Virgin brings forth today the Omnipotent One . . . ."

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Kontakion (choral)

This is an arrangement of the Kontakion of the Nativity of Christ, for double soprano and double alto.  "the Virgin brings forth today the Omnipotent One . . . ."

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Megalynarion (chant)

This is a chant version of the Megalynarion (Hymn to the Theotokos) for the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, December 25th.  "O my soul, magnify her . . . A mystery I behold which is strange and wondrous . . . ."

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Megalynarion (choral)

This is the choral version of the Megalynarion (Hymn to the Theotokos) for the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, December 25th.  "O my soul, magnify her . . . A mystery I behold which is strange and wondrous . . . ."

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Prokeimenon at Orthros

This is the Prokeimenon sung at Matins on the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, December 25th.  "From the womb before the morning star have I begotten Thee . . . ."  It is in Western and Byzantine notation.  Updated 12/15/17.

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Second Antiphon in Liturgy

This is the Second Antiphon sung in the Divine Liturgy on the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, December 25th.  "O Son of God, Who wast born of the Virgin, save us . . . ."

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Second Antiphon-Refrain & Troparion

This is the Refrain and Troparion of the 2nd Antiphon for the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, December 25th.  "Save us, O Son of God, Who wast born of a virgin . . . GBN . . . Only-begotten Son . . . ."

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried"

Stichera for the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, December 25th.  "Come, let us rejoice in the Lord . . . ."

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried"

These stichera are sung on the Feast of the Nativity of Christ, December 25th.  "Come let us rejoice in the Lord . . . ."  The music is in Western & Byzantine notation.

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried" (For after-feast)

These are the 4 stichera of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ which are used during the days after the Feast, until its Leave-taking on the 31st.  "Come, let us rejoice in the Lord . . . ."

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Stichera at the Aposticha at Vespers

These stichera are sung for the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, December 25th.  "Today hath come about a great and wonderful thing . . . ."

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Stichera at the Praises

These praises are sung on December 25th for the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ.  "Rejoice, O righteous ones, and ye heavens be glad . . . ."

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Stichera at the Praises

These are the stichera at the Praises for the Nativity of Christ, December 25th.  "Be glad, O ye righteous . . . ."  The music is in Western and Byzantine notation.  Updated 12/15/

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Troparion of the Prophecy (1st set)

This is the Troparion for the Prophecy, sung after the 1st set of Old Testament Readings for the Feast of the Nativity of Christ, December 25th.  "Thou was born secretly in the cave, O Savior . . . ."  Update 12/13/2020.

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Troparion of the Prophecy (1st set)

This is the First set of the Troparion of the Prophecy sung at Vespers for the Feast of the Nativity of Christ, December 25th, using the translation from The Festal Menaion (Ware/Mother Mary).  "Thou wast born secretly in the cave . . . ."  The music is in Western & Byzantine notation.

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Troparion of the Prophecy (2nd set)

This is the Troparion for the Prophecy, sung after the 2nd set of Old Testament Readings for the Feast of the Nativity of Christ, December 25th.  "Thou hast dawned forth from a Virgin, O Christ . . . ."  Updated 12/13/2020.

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Troparion of the Prophecy (2nd set)

This is the Second set of the Troparion of the Prophecy sung at Vespers for the Feast of the Nativity of Christ, December 25th, using the translation from The Festal Menaion (Ware/Mother Mary).  "Thou hast shown forth from a Virgin . . . ."  The music is in Western & Byzantine notation.

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ-After Feast, Both Now (Doxa) at "O Lord, I have cried" (Dec 27)

This is sung as the Both now (Doxastikon) for the After-Feast of the Nativity of Christ, December 27th.  "Today hath come about a great and wonderful thing . . . ."  Updated 11/8/2021.

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.

Nicholas the Wonderworker, Apolytikion

This is a chant melody, sung on December 6th for the Feast of St. Nicholas.  "Thy works of justice did show thee to thy congregation a canon of faith . . . ."   Updated 9/27/17.

Nicholas the Wonderworker, Apolytikion (choral)

This is a choral version of the Apolytikion for St. Nicholas the Wonderworker, December 6th.  "Thy righteous acts have manifested thee to thy flock as a model of faith . . . ."

Nicholas the Wonderworker, Exaposteilaria & Theotokion

This Exaposteilarion is sung for St Nicholas on December 6th, Prosomoion "Hearken, ye women."  "We all extol Saint Nicholas . . . ."  Updated 11/4/18.

Nicholas the Wonderworker, Glory & Both now at the Praises

This is the Glory & Both now (Doxastikon) at the Praises for Our Father Bishop Nicholas, December 6th.  "Glory . . . Let us blow the trumpets of praise. Let us be happy in the feast . . . Both now . . . Let us blow the trumpets of praise; for the queen of all, the virgin Mother . . . ."

Nicholas the Wonderworker, Glory (Doxa) at "O Lord, I have cried"

This is the Glory (Doxastikon) sung at "O Lord, I have cried" for the Feast of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker, December 6th.  "Let us gather, O ye feast-lover . . . ."  The music is in Western & Byzantine notation.

Nicholas the Wonderworker, Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried"-1st Set

This is the first set of stichera for St. Nicholas, December 6th, Prosomoion "When he took thee."  "While living in Myra in the flesh . . . ."  Updated 11/4/18.

Nicholas the Wonderworker, Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried"-2nd Set

This is the 2nd set of stichera for St. Nicholas, December 6th, The Original Melody: "With what fair crowns of praise . . . ." 

Nicholas the Wonderworker, Stichera at the Aposticha at Vespers

These are sung for St. Nicholas the Wonderworker, December 6th, Prosomoion "Rejoice."  "Rejoice, sacred and ven'rable head . . . ."  Updated 11/4/18.

Nicholas the Wonderworker, Stichera at the Praises

These are the verses on the Praises for St. Nicholas, December 6th, Prosomoion "Thou art the joy."  "Hovering round the sweet flowers of the all-holy Church . . . ."  Updated 11/4/18.

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 . . . ."

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Carols of the Nativity - Set 1

These paraliturgical hymns may be sung at concerts or after services are concluded.

Carols of the Nativity - Set 2

These paraliturgical hymns may be sung at concerts or after services are concluded.

Heaven and Earth (4 verses)

This is a Paraliturgical hymn sung during the season of the Nativity of Christ.  "Heaven and earth now sing in triumph . . . ."

O What Wonderful Glad Tidings

Traditional Romanian Nativity Carol

Herman of Alaska, Stichera at the Praises

The Praises for St. Herman of Alaska, December 13th, Prosomoion "What shall we now call you."  "What shall we now call thee, O man of God . . . ."  Updated 11/30/19,

Sabbas the Sanctified, Stichera at the Praises

These Praises are sung for our Righteous Father Sabbas the Sanctified, December 5th, Prosomoion "Thou art the joy."  "He that disdained things below . . . ."  Updated 11/28/2021.

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Spyridon-Bishop of Trimythous, Apolytikion

This Apolytikion is sung on December 12th for St. Spyridon, Bishop of Trimythous.  "Thou wast shown forth as a champion . . . ."

Spyridon-Bishop of Trimythous, Exaposteilaria & Theotokion

These are the two Exaposteilaria & Theotokion for St. Spyridon, Bishop of Trimythous, the Wonderworker, Prosomoion "Thou Who as God adornest."  "Like Moses and like David . . . ."  And Prosomoion "While standing in the temple's courts."  "With miracle and many signs . . . O Maiden all immaculate . . . ."

Spyridon-Bishop of Trimythous, Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried"

These are sung for St. Spyridon, Bishop of Trimythous, the Wonderworker, December 12th, Prosomoion "Rejoice."  "Rejoice, thou rule for high priests of Christ . . . ."

Spyridon-Bishop of Trimythous, Stichera at the Praises

These praises are sung for St. Spyridon, Bishop of Trimythous, the Wonderworker, December 12th, Prosomoion "Thou art the joy."  "Being divinely illumined with the Divine Spirit's light . . . ."  Updated 12/12/2021.

Sunday after the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Apolytikion

This is the Apolytikion of the Sunday after the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, December 26th - 31st.  "Proclaim, O Joseph, to David, the grandparent of God . . . ."

Sunday after the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Doxa (Glory) at "O Lord, I have cried"

This is the Doxastikon (Glory) for the Sunday after the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, December 26th - 31st.  "Let us celebrate the memory of David . . . ."

Sunday after the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Doxa (Glory) at the Aposticha

This is the Doxastikon (Glory) at the Aposticha for the Sunday after the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, December 26th - 31st.  "Thy Nativity hath become a memorial for the Priests . . . ."

Sunday after the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Doxa (Glory) at the Praises

This Glory is sung on the Sunday after the Nativity of Christ, December 26th - 31st.  "The blood, fire and pillars of smoke . . . ."

Sunday after the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Exaposteilarion

The first Exaposteilarion sung on the Sunday after the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, December 26th - 31st, Prosomoion "Upon that mount in Galilee."  "Now with God's Brother, lauded James . . . ."

Sunday after the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Glory at the Praises

This is the Glory at the Praises sung at Matins for the Feast of the Nativity of Christ, December 26-31, using the translation from The Festal Menaion (Ware/Mother Mary).  "Blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke . . . ."  The music is in Western & Byzantine notation.  Updated 12/29/2020.

Sunday after the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried"

These 3 stichera are used on the Sunday after the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, December 26th - 31st, Prosomoion "Thou art the joy."  "Let us all honor the forefather of the Most High God . . . ."  Updated 11/21/18.

Sunday before the Nativity of Christ, Apolytikion

This Apolytikion is sung on the Sunday before the Nativity of Christ, December 18th - 24th.  "Great are the accomplishments of faith . . . ."

Sunday before the Nativity of Christ, Both now at "O Lord, I have cried"

This is the Doxastikon of the Forefeast of the Nativity of Christ, sung on the Sunday before the Nativity, from December 18th - 24th, and on the 24th itself.  "O cavern, make ready, for the ewe doth come . . . ."  (Make ready, O cave . . . .)

Sunday before the Nativity of Christ, Doxa (Glory) at "O Lord, I have cried"

This Glory is sung on the Sunday before the Nativity of Christ, December 18th - 24th.  "Verily, Daniel, the man of desires . . . ."

Sunday before the Nativity of Christ, Doxa (Glory) at the Aposticha at Vespers

This is the Doxastikon (Glory) at the Aposticha at Vespers sung for the Sunday before the Nativity of Christ, December 18th - 24th.  "Rejoice, O honored Prophets . . . ."

Sunday before the Nativity of Christ, Doxa (Glory) at the Praises

This Glory at the Praises is sung on the Sunday before the Nativity of Christ, December 18th- 24th.  "The collection of the Law's teachings . . . ."  This music is in both Western and Byzantine notation.  Updated 12/17/2020, Rev. 5

Sunday before the Nativity of Christ, Exaposteilaria

Exaposteilaria for the Sunday before the Nativity of Christ, December 18th - 24th, Prosomoion "Upon that mount in Galilee."  "By faith, the Fathers ere the Law . . ."  Updated 12/9/17.

Sunday before the Nativity of Christ, Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried"

These stichera are sung on the Sunday before the Nativity of Christ, when it falls from December 20th - 23rd.  They are also sung as the Aposticha at Vespers when this Sunday falls on the 24th.  Prosomoion "O all-lauded martyrs."  "O pure living palace of our God, O all-blameless Virgin . . . ."  Updated 11/21/18.

Sunday before the Nativity of Christ, Stichera at the Praises

Stichera at the Praises for the Sunday before the Nativity of Christ, Prosomoion "Rejoice."  "Zion, thou sacred city of God . . . ."  Updated 12/2/2020.

Sunday before the Nativity of Christ-Orthros (Kazan)

This is the Orthros (Matins) service for the Sunday before the Nativity of Christ, December 18-24, the Sunday of the Genealogy

Sunday before the Nativity of Christ-Vespers (Kazan)

This is the Vesper service for the Sunday before the Nativity of Christ, December 18-24, the Sunday of the Genealogy. (Updated 12/13/12 with proper Special melody label, not music.)

Sunday of the Forefathers of Christ, Apolytikion

This Apolytikion is for the Sunday of the Holy Forefathers of Christ, the 2nd Sunday before the Nativity of Christ, December 11th - 17th.  "Thou hast justified by faith the ancient Forefathers . . . ."  The music is in Western & Byzantine notation.

Sunday of the Forefathers of Christ, Exaposteilaria & Theotokion

These are sung on the Sunday of the Forefathers of Christ, December 11th - 17th (Second Sunday before Christmas), Prosomoion "Hearken, ye women."  "O ye who love the Fathers' choirs . . . ."  Updated 11/21/18.

Sunday of the Forefathers of Christ, Glory & Both now at the Aposticha at Vespers

This Glory and Both now are sung at the Aposticha for the 2nd Sunday before Christmas, the Sunday of the Holy Forefathers of Christ, December 11-17.  "Come ye feast-lovers, let us extol with hymns . . . ."

Sunday of the Forefathers of Christ, Glory & Both now at the Praises

This Glory and Both at the Praises are sung on the Second Sunday before Christmas, the Sunday of the Holy Forefathers of Christ, December 11-17.  "Come, let us all celebrate the anniversary of their memory . . . ."

Sunday of the Forefathers of Christ, Glory at "O Lord, I have cried"

This Glory is sung at "O Lord, I have cried" for the 2nd Sunday before Christmas, the Sunday of the Holy Forefathers of Christ, December 11-17.  "Let us, O believers, extol today . . . ."

Sunday of the Forefathers of Christ, Glory at the Praises

This is the Glory (Doxastikon) sung on the Sunday of the Holy Forefathers of Christ, December 11-17.  "Come, with faith let us all celebrate . . . ."

Sunday of the Forefathers of Christ, Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried"

Stichera for the Sunday of the Forefathers (Ancestors) of Christ, December 11th - 17th, the Second Sunday before Christmas, Prosomoion "The Paradise of Eden."  "As we the faithful celebrate today . . . ."  Updated 12/14/19.

Sunday of the Forefathers of Christ, Stichera at the Praises

Stichera for the Sunday of the Forefathers, December 11th - 17th, (Second Sunday before Christmas), Prosomoion "O house of Ephratha."  "Let us all celebrate this day's commemoration . . . ."  Updated 11/21/18.

Sunday of the Forefathers-2nd Sunday before Nativity of Christ-Orthros (Kazan)

This is the Orthros (Matins) service for the 2nd Sunday before Christmas, December 11-17, the Sunday of the Forefathers, pages 60-76 from Kazan's December Menaion

Sunday of the Forefathers-2nd Sunday before Nativity of Christ-Vespers (Kazan)

This is the Vesper service for the 2nd Sunday before Christmas, December 11-17, the Sunday of the Forefathers. (Updated 12/13/12 with proper Special melody label, not music.) Pages 47-59 of Kazan's December Menaion.

Synaxis of the Theotokos, Both Now (Doxa) at "O Lord, I have cried" (Dec 26)

This is sung as the Both now (Doxastikon) for the Synaxis of the Theotokos, December 26th.  "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace . . . ."  Updated 11/10/2021.

Synaxis of the Theotokos, Both Now (Doxa) at the Aposticha at Vespers (Dec 26)

This is the Both now (second Doxastikon) sung for the Synaxis of the Theotokos, December 26th.  "The shepherds hastened to Bethlehem . . . ."

Synaxis of the Theotokos, Both Now (Doxa) at the Praises (Dec 26)

This is the Both now (2nd Doxastikon) sung at the Praises for the Synaxis of the Theotokos, December 26th.  "Today the invisible Nature doth unite with mankind . . . ."

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Theotokion-Forefeast of the Nativity of Christ, Tell us, O Joseph

This Theotokion is taken from the Third Hour of the Nativity of Christ, and is also sung as the second Doxastikon at the Aposticha on November 29th.  "Tell us, O Joseph, how it is that thou dost bring the Virgin . . . ."

Barbara the Great Martyr, Apolytikion

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

Conception of the Theotokos by Righteous Anna, Apolytikion

This is sung on December 9th for the Conception of the Theotokos by Righteous Anna.  "Today have the bonds of barrenness been loosened . . . ."  It is in Western and Byzantine notation.

Herman of Alaska, Apolytikion

The Apolytikion for St. Herman of Alaska, December 13th.  "Blessed ascetic of the northern wilds . . . ."  (From St. Anthony's Monastery.)

John of Damascus, Apolytikion

This is the chant version of the Apolytikion for St. John of Damascus, December 4th, using the Prosomoion "Thy confession," (in accordance with the Balamand).  "O ye faithful come, let us on this day . . . ."  The music is in Western & Byzantine notation.

John of Damascus, Apolytikion (choral)

This is a choral version of the Apolytikion of St. John of Damascus, December 4th, using the standard text for a venerable & monastic bishop.  "Thou hast shown thyself, O God-inspired John, as a guide to the Orthodox Faith . . . ."

John of Damascus, Apolytikion (choral)

This is also a choral version of the Apolytikion of St. John of Damascus, December 4th, using the specific text to fit the special melody and Prosomoion "Thy confession," as done in the Antiochian Patriarchate, matching the chant version.  "O ye faithful come, let us on this day . . . ."

Menas, Eugraphos & Hermogenes of Alexandria, Apolytikion

This Apolytikion is for the Martyrs Menas, Eugraphos, and Hermogenes of Alexandria, December 10th, Prosomoion "When the bodiless one."  "Since they had slain through their abstinence and struggles . . . ."

Sabbas the Sanctified, Apolytikion

This Apolytikion is sung for St. Sabbas the Sanctified, December 5th.  "The barren wilderness thou didst make fertile . . . ."

Stephen the Proto-Martyr & Archdeacon, Apolytikion

This Apolytkion is sung for St. Stephen, the Proto-martyr and Archdeacon, on December 27th as well as on August 2nd (Recovery of his sacred relics), Prosomoion "Be quick to anticipate."  "The crown of the Kingdom hath adorned the brow of thy head . . . ."

Theodore the Branded, Apolytikion

This Apolytikion is for the Venerable-confessor Theodore the Branded, December 27th.  "Thou hast shown thyself, O God-inspired Theodore, as a guide to the Orthodox Faith . . . ."

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Barbara the Great Martyr, Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried"

Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried" for St. Barbara, December 4th, Prosomoion "When he took thee."  "In the course of frightful martyrdom . . . ."  Updated 11/15/18.

Eugenia and Her Companions, Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried"

Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried" for The Holy Righteous Martyr Eugenia and Her Companions, December 24th, Prosomoion "When he took thee."  "Guided by the providence of God . . . ."

Habakkuk the Prophet, Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried"

These are for the Holy Prophet Habakkuk, December 2nd, Prosomoion "As one valiant."  "On receiving the Spirit's ray . . . ."

John of Damascus, Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried"

Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried" for St. John of Damascus, December 4th, Prosomoion "What shall we now call you." "What shall we now call thee, O Saint of God? . . . ."  Updated 11/15/18.

Menas, Eugraphos & Hermogenes of Alexandria, Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried"

These are sung for the Martyrs Menas, Eugraphus, and Hermogenes, Decembr 10th, Prosomoion "O all-lauded Martyrs."  "O martyr Menas extolled of all . . . ."

Nahum the Prophet, Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried"

These are sung for the Holy Prophet Nahum, December 1st, Prosomoion "The power of Thy cross."  "The grace of the All-holy Spirit came to dwell in thee . . . ."

Patapios of Thebes, Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried"

These stichera are for the Venerable Patapios of Thebes, December 8th, Prosomoion "O all-lauded martyrs."  "O all-lauded father, with the fire of asceticism . . . ."

Sabbas the Sanctified, Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried"

These are sung for our God-bearing Father Sabbas the Sanctified, December 5th, Prosomoion "O righteous Father."  "O godly-minded Father Sabbas . . . ."

Stephen the Proto-martyr & Archdeacon, Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried"

Stichera for Stephen the Proto-martyr and Archdeacon, December 27th and August 2nd, Prosomoion "As one valiant."  "Since thy mind had been made to shine . . . ."  Updated 7/14/2020.

Theodore the Branded, Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried"

Stichera for the Venerable-confessor Theodore the Branded, December 27th, Prosomoion "As one valiant."   "To the wounds of thy banishment . . . ."  Updated 12/27/18.

Thyrsos, Leukios & Kallinikos et al., Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried" (1st set)

These are sung for the Martyrs Thyrsos, Leukios & Kallinikos of Apollonia; and the Martyrs Philemon, Apollonios, Hypatios & Arrianos of Alexandria, December 14th.  This 1st set is Prosomoion "As one valiant."  "Christ the Master provided thee . . . ." 

Thyrsos, Leukios & Kallinikos et al., Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried" (2nd set)

 These are sung for the Martyrs Thyrsos, Leukios & Kallinikos of Apollonia; and the Martyrs Philemon, Apollonios, Hypatios & Arrianos of Alexandria, December 14th.  This 2nd set is Prosomoion "Unto them that fear thee."  "Thyrsos the most marvelous . . . ."

Zephaniah the Prophet, Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried"

These are sung for the Holy Prophet Zephaniah, December 3rd, Prosomoion "Thou who wast called from on high."  "When thou hadst richly bestowed on Zephaniah Thine All-holy Spirit . . . ."

Herman of Alaska, Stichera at the Aposticha at Vespers

These are sung at the Aposticha at Vespers for St. Herman of Alaska, December 13th, Prosomoion "Rejoice."  "Thou didst accept long exile for Christ . . . ."  Updated 11/30/19.

John of Damascus, Stichera at the Aposticha at Vespers (and Praises)

These stichera are sung as the Aposticha at Vespers and may also be sung as the Stichera at the Praises for St. John of Damascus, December 4, Prosomoion "O strange wonder."  "Most wise, and all-lauded Father John . . . ."  Updated 11/15/18.

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ-After-feast, Stichera at the Aposticha at Vespers (Dec 27)

This Aposticha at Vespers is sung for the After-feast of the Nativity of Christ, December 27th, Prosomoion "Thou art the joy."  "He that dawned forth from the Father before the ages began . . . ."  Updated 11/30/19.