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

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

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

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Sunday before the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ (Dec. 18-24)

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, Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried"

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Sunday before the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ (Dec. 18-24)

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, Both now at "O Lord, I have cried"

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Sunday before the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ (Dec. 18-24)

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"

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Sunday before the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ (Dec. 18-24)

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

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

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

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 . . . ."

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

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

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 & Both now at the Aposticha at Vespers

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

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 at "O Lord, I have cried"

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

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 . . . ."

Menas, Eugraphos & Hermogenes of Alexandria, Exaposteilarion & Theotokion

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Exaposteilaria

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

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

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Vesperal 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 . . . ."

Conception of the Theotokos by Righteous Anna, Kontakion

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Conception of the Theotokos by Righteous Anna (Dec 9)

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 the Praises

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Conception of the Theotokos by Righteous Anna (Dec 9)

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.

Conception of the Theotokos by Righteous Anna, Exaposteilarion & Theotokion

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Conception of the Theotokos by Righteous Anna (Dec 9)

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 . . . ."

Consecration of Resurrection Church in Jerusalem, Exaposteilarion

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Consecration of Resurrection Church in Jerusalem (Sept. 13/Dec 9)

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 . . . ."

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

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Conception of the Theotokos by Righteous Anna (Dec 9)

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.

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

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Consecration of Resurrection Church in Jerusalem (Sept. 13/Dec 9)

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.

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

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Conception of the Theotokos by Righteous Anna (Dec 9)

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.

Nicholas the Wonderworker, Troparia after Psalm 50

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Nicholas the Wonderworker (Dec 6)

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 . . . ."

Nicholas the Wonderworker, Stichera at the Aposticha at Vespers

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Nicholas the Wonderworker (Dec 6)

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 "O Lord, I have cried"-2nd Set

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Nicholas the Wonderworker (Dec 6)

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 "O Lord, I have cried"-1st Set

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Nicholas the Wonderworker (Dec 6)

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.

Zephaniah 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 Zephaniah, December 3rd, Prosomoion "Thou who wast called from on high."  "When thou hadst richly bestowed on Zephaniah Thine All-holy Spirit . . . ."

Stephen, First Martyr & Archdeacon, Kontakion

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Kontakia of Saints

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.

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Exaposteilarion

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Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ (Dec 25)

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

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