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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 and August 2nd, Prosomoion "As one valiant."  "Since thy mind had been made to shine . . . ."  Updated 7/14/2020.

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 . . . ."

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

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

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.

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

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Ignatius of Antioch (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.

Herman of Alaska, Stichera at the Praises

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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,

Herman of Alaska, Exaposteilarion & Theotokion

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Exaposteilaria

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

Herman of Alaska, Apolytikion

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Troparia (Apolytikia) of the Saints

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

Herman of Alaska, Stichera at the Aposticha at Vespers

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Vesperal Stichera at the Aposticha

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.

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Prokeimenon at Orthros

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Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ (Dec 25)

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, Apolytikion (chant)

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Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ (Dec 25)

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.

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

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Forefeast and Paramon (Eve) of the Nativity of Christ (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.

Sunday after the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Exaposteilarion

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

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, Apolytikion

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

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 . . . ."

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

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Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ (Dec 25)

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 . . . ."

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

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

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 . . . ."

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

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Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ (Dec 25)

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 . . . ."

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

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

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, Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried"

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

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.

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

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Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ (Dec 25)

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, Megalynarion (choral)

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Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ (Dec 25)

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, Megalynarion (chant)

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Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ (Dec 25)

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 . . . ."

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