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December

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

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Vesperal 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 . . . ."

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

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Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ (Dec 25)

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 . . . ."

Eleutherios-Bishop of Illyria, Stichera at the Praises

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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 . . . ."

Eleutherios-Bishop of Illyria, Exaposteilarion & Theotokion

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Exaposteilaria

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, Apolytikion

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Troparia (Apolytikia) of the Saints

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, 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 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 . . . ."

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

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Vesperal 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 . . . ."

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Communion Hymn

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Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ (Dec 25)

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."

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

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Theotokia for Vespers & Orthros

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 . . . ."

John of Damascus, Apolytikion (choral)

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Troparia (Apolytikia) of the Saints

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 . . . ."

Sunday of the Forefathers of Christ, Glory at the Praises

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Sunday of the Holy Forefathers of Christ (Dec. 11-17)

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 . . . ."

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 . . . ."

Nicholas the Wonderworker, Glory & Both now at the Praises

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Nicholas the Wonderworker (Dec 6)

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 . . . ."

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

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Vesperal 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 . . . ."

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

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Sunday after the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ (Dec. 26-31)

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

Stephen the Proto-Martyr & Archdeacon, Exaposteilaria & Theotokion

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Exaposteilaria

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 . . . ."

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

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Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ (Dec 25)

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 . . . ."

Theodore the Branded, Apolytikion

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Troparia (Apolytikia) of the Saints

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 . . . ."

Stephen the Proto-Martyr & Archdeacon, Apolytikion

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Troparia (Apolytikia) of the Saints

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 . . . ."

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

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Vesperal Stichera at the Aposticha

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.

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

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Vesperal 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.

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

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Vesperal Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried"

Stichera for Stephen the Proto-martyr and Archdeacon, December 27th, Prosomoion "As one valiant."  "Since thy mind had been made to shine . . . ."  Updated 12/26/18.

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

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Forefeast and Paramon (Eve) of the Nativity of Christ (Dec 20-24)

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.

Ignatius of Antioch, Exaposteilaria & Theotokion (Dec 20)

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Ignatius of Antioch (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 . . . ."

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

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Forefeast and Paramon (Eve) of the Nativity of Christ (Dec 20-24)

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 . . . ."

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