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Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Kathismata

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Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ (Dec 25)

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)

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Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ (Dec 25)

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.

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

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

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 . . . ."

Paramon (Eve) of the Nativity of Christ, Exaposteilaria

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

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 . . . ."

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

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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 24th, Prosomoion, "As one valiant."  "Let the cymbals resound today . . . ."

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

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Vesperal 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 . . . ."

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

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

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 . . . ."

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

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Vesperal Stichera at the Aposticha

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.

Sunday before the Nativity of Christ, Stichera at the Praises

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

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, Exaposteilaria

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

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 of the Forefathers of Christ, Exaposteilaria & Theotokion

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

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, Stichera at the Praises

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

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 of Christ, Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried"

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

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.

John of Damascus, Apolytikion

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Troparia (Apolytikia) of the Saints

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.

Barbara and John of Damascus, Exaposteilaria & Theotokion

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Exaposteilaria

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.

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

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Vesperal 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.

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

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Vesperal 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.

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

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Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ (Dec 25)

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-2nd Canon, Odes 1-8

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Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ (Dec 25)

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, Katabasia-1st Canon, Ode 9

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Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ (Dec 25)

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, Katabasiae-1st Canon, Odes 1-8

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Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ (Dec 25)

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 . . . ."

Menaion - 12 December

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Menaion - Kazan's Byzantine Project (12 volumes)

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.

Nicholas the Wonderworker, Stichera at the Praises

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Nicholas the Wonderworker (Dec 6)

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, Exaposteilaria & Theotokion

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Nicholas the Wonderworker (Dec 6)

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

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

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

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).

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