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

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Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ (Dec 25)

This is the Both now (Theotokion) sung at the Aposticha at Vespers for the Feast of the Nativity of Christ, December 25th.  "Thou hast sojourned in a cave, O Christ God . . . ."

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

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Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ (Dec 25)

This is the Glory (Doxastikon) at the Aposticha at Vespers for the Feast of the Nativity of Christ, December 25th.  "Be glad, O Jerusalem, keep feast, all ye that love Sion . . . ."

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

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Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ (Dec 25)

This is the Aposticha sung at Vespers for the Feast of the Nativity of Christ, December 25th.  "A great and marvellous wonder is brought to pass this day . .  ."

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Both now at the Litia (Entreaty)

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Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ (Dec 25)

This is the Both now at the Litia for the Nativity of Christ, December 25th.  "All the Angels in Heaven dance . . . ."

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Glory at the Litia (Entreaty)

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Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ (Dec 25)

This is the Glory at the Litia (Entreaty) sung before the Aposticha for the Nativity of Christ, December 25th.  "The Magi, Kings of Persia . . . ."

Markellos, Apolytikion

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Troparia (Apolytikia) of the Saints

This is sung for Our Righteous Father Markellos, Abbot of the Monastery of the Unsleeping, December 29th.  "Through thee the divine likeness was securely preserved . . . ."

After-feast of the Nativity of Christ, Stichera at the Aposticha at Vespers (Dec 29)

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Vesperal Stichera at the Aposticha

These are sung for the After-Feast of the Nativity of Christ, December 29th, Prosomoion "As it is written."  "I see a dreadful mystery . . . ."

Markellos, Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried"

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Vesperal Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried"

These are sung for our Righteous Father Markellos, Abbot of the Monastery of the Unsleeping, December 29th, Prosomoion "As one valiant."  "Thou was shown unto monks to be . . . ."

Holy 14,000 Infants, 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 Holy Fourteen Thousand Infants Slain by Herod, December 29th, Prosomoion "As on valiant."  "The transgressor, in seeking out the great Treasure . . . ."

Forefeast of the Nativity of Christ, Stichera at the Aposticha at Vespers (Dec 22)

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

These are sung for the Forefeast of the Nativity of Christ, December 22nd, Prosomoion "O house of Ephratha."  "Christ cometh on the earth . . . ."

Anastasia, 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 Holy Great Martyr Anastasia, the Deliverer from Potions, December 22nd, Prosomoion "O all-lauded martyrs."  "How great is the beauty past compare . . . ."

Forefeast of the Nativity of Christ, Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried" (Dec 22)

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

These stichera are sung for the Forefeast of the Nativity of Christ, December 22nd, Prosomoion "Having laid up all their hope."  "Now that never-setting Sun doth speed His journey . . . ."

Forefeast of the Conception of the Theotokos & Patapios of Thebes, 1st Set of Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried"

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Vesperal Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried"

This is the first set of stichera sung for December 8th, for the Forefeast of the Conception of the Theotokos and St. Patapios of Thebes, Prosomoion "Thou art the joy."  "Come, O ye people, and let us now form a spiritual choir . . . ."

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

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Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ (Dec 25)

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 . . . ."

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

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Vesperal Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried"

 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 . . . ."

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

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Vesperal Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried"

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 . . . ." 

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 . . . ."

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 "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.

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.

Sabbas the Sanctified, Stichera at the Praises

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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.

Sabbas the Sanctified, Exaposteilaria & Theotokion

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Exaposteilaria

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 . . . ."

Sabbas the Sanctified, Apolytikion

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Troparia (Apolytikia) of the Saints

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

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

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Vesperal 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 . . . ."

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

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

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.

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