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Pascha-0-Midnight Office, Canon of Holy Saturday

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Pascha: The Resurrection of Christ

This is the Canon of Holy Saturday (Holy Friday night) that is also sung on Holy Saturday night during the Midnight Office.  "He that once had hidden beneath the sea's waves . . . ."  The music is in Western & Byzantine notation.  Updated 4/23/19.

Palm Sunday, Kontakion (chant)

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Lazarus Saturday & Palm Sunday (Week before Pascha)

The Kontakion for Palm Sunday.  "Being born upon a throne in Heaven . . . ."

Palm Sunday, Megalynarion (Hymn to the Theotokos)

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Lazarus Saturday & Palm Sunday (Week before Pascha)

This is the chant version of the Megalynarion sung in the Divine Liturgy on Palm Sunday.  "God the Lord hath appeared unto us . . . ."  See "Reception of the bishop" PDF for the same music with instructions for receiving the bishop.

Lazarus Saturday, Megalynarion (Hymn to the Theotokos)

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Lazarus Saturday & Palm Sunday (Week before Pascha)

This is the Megalynarion (Hymn to the Theotokos) sung instead of "It is truly meet" on Lazarus Saturday.  "Let us, O ye peoples, gloriously honor the pure Theotokos . . . ."  The music is in Western & Byzantine notation.

Lazarus Saturday, Apolytikion

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Lazarus Saturday & Palm Sunday (Week before Pascha)

This is the Apolytikion of Lazarus Saturday, which is also sung on Palm Sunday.  "In confirming the common Resurrection, O Christ God . . . ."  The music is in Western & Byzantine notation.

Theotokion, O unspotted, undefiled, all-holy Maid

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Theotokia for Vespers & Orthros

This is the Theotokion used during Vespers and Matins, Prosomoion "Having laid up all their hope."  "O unspotted, undefiled, all-holy Maid Ever-virgin . . . ."

John-Disciple of Gregory of Decapolis, Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried"

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Vesperal Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried"

These are sung for the Venerable John, disciple of Gregory of Decapolis, April 18th, Prosomoion "Having laid up all their hope."  "Guided by the fear of God, O righteous Father . . . ."

Crescens of Myra of Lycia, Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried"

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Vesperal Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried"

These are sung for the Martyr Crescens of Myra in Lycia, April 15th, Prosomoion "As one valiant."  "Unto contests of bitter pains, to entangling and cunning snares . . . ."

Basil of Parium, Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried"

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Vesperal Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried"

These are sung for Basil the Confessor, Bishop of Parium, April 12th, Prosomoion "Unto them that fear thee."  "Shining brighter than the sun, thy joyous feast day is risen up . . . ."

Theotokion, As the blameless and incorrupt

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Theotokia for Vespers & Orthros

This Theotokion is used during Vespers and Matins, Prosomoion "As one valiant."  "As the blameless and incorrupt and all-pure Mother of our God . . . ."

George of Mount Maleon, Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried"

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Vesperal Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried"

These are sung for the Venerable George of Mount Maleon, April 4th, Prosomoion "When he took thee."  "Being dedicated fervently and wholly united with all thy soul . . . ."

Theotokion, O all-blameless Virgin Mother

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Theotokia for Vespers & Orthros

This Theotokion is used during Vespers & Matins, Prosomoion "Unto them that fear thee."  "O all-blameless Virgin mother, change the indolence of my soul . . . ."

Hilarion the New, 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 Venerable Hilarion the New, March 28th, Prosomoion "Unto them that fear thee."  "Thou hadst an unspotted way of life . . . ."

Apostles of the Seventy (April 8), Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried"

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Vesperal Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried"

These are sung for the Apostles of the 70: Herodion, Agabus, Rufus, Asyncritus, Phelgon and Hermes, April 8th, Prosomoion "As one valiant."  "Like swift eagles that soar aloft . . . ."

Forefeast of the Annunciation, Apolytikion (March 24)

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Troparia (Apolytikia) of Feasts & Forefeasts

This is the Apolytikion sung on March 24th for the Forefeast of the Annunciation.  "Today the preludes of universal joy . . . ."

Lazarus Saturday Matins, Complete-Western notation

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Lazarus Saturday & Palm Sunday (Week before Pascha)

This is the complete service for Lazarus Saturday Matins (Orthros).  It contains:  God is the Lord, Apolytikia, Kathismata, Evlogetaria of the Resurrection, Katavasiae of Odes 1-8 & Ode 9, Exaposteilaria, Praises and Glory/Both now at the Praises.  It is in Western notation only.  Updated 3/21/19.

Lazarus Saturday Matins, Complete-Byzantine notation

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Lazarus Saturday & Palm Sunday (Week before Pascha)

This is the complete service for Lazarus Saturday Matins (Orthros).  It contains:  God is the Lord, Apolytikia, Kathismata, Evlogetaria of the Resurrection, Katavasiae of Odes 1-8 & Ode 9, Exaposteilaria, Praises and Glory/Both now at the Praises.  It is in Byzantine notation only.  Updated 3/21/19.

Holy Saturday Matins-Complete-Western notation

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Holy Saturday Matins (Lamentation service)

This is the complete service for Holy Saturday Matins (Lamentation service) sung on Holy Friday night.  It contains:  God is the Lord, Apolytikia, Kathismata, Canon, Lamentations, Evlogetaria of the Resurrection (long & short versions), Praises, Glory/Both now at the Praises, Great Doxology and "Give me this Stranger." It is in Western notation.

Holy Saturday Matins (Lamentation Service), 9-Give Me This Stranger

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Holy Saturday Matins (Lamentation service)

This hymn is sung on Holy Friday night for Holy Saturday Matins (Lamentation service), either during or after the procession with the Epitaphios.  "When he saw that the sun had hidden its rays . . . ."

Holy Saturday Matins (Lamentation Service), 8-Great Doxology

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Holy Saturday Matins (Lamentation service)

This is the Great Doxology sung on Holy Friday night for Holy Saturday Matins (Lamentation service).  It is in triple-meter.  "Glory to Thee Who hast shown forth the light . . . ."  The music is in Western & Byzantine notation.

Holy Saturday Matins (Lamentation Service), 7-Glory/Both now at the Praises

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Holy Saturday Matins (Lamentation service)

These are the Glory & Both now at the Praises sung on Holy Friday night for Holy Saturday Matins (Lamentation service).  "Glory . . . Great Moses mystically prefigured this day . . . Both now . . . Most blessed art thou, O Virgin Theotokos . . . ."  The music is in Western & Byzantine notation.

Holy Saturday Matins (Lamentation Service), 6-Praises

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Holy Saturday Matins (Lamentation service)

These Praises are sung on Holy Friday night for Holy Saturday Matins (Lamentation service).  "Let every breath praise the Lord . . . Today the grave holdeth Him Who holdeth creation in the palm of His hand . . . ."  The music is in Western & Byzantine notation.

Holy Saturday Matins (Lamentation Service), 5-Evlogetaria

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Holy Saturday Matins (Lamentation service)

These are the long version and the short version of the Evlogetaria of the Resurrection sung on Holy Friday night for Holy Saturday Matins (Lamentation service).  "Blessed art thou, O Lord . . . The assembly of angels was amaed to see Thee . . . ."  The music is in Western & Byzantine notation.

Holy Saturday Matins (Lamentation Service), 3-The Canon

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Holy Saturday Matins (Lamentation service)

These are the Hiermoi, troparia & Katavasia for each Ode of the Canon sung on Holy Friday night for Holy Saturday Matins (Lamentation service).  "He that once had hidden beneath the sea's waves . . . ."  The music is in Western & Byzantine notation.  Updated 4/23/19.

Holy Saturday Matins (Lamentation Service), 2-Kathismata

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Holy Saturday Matins (Lamentation service)

These are the two Kathismata sung on Holy Friday night for Holy Saturday Matins (Lamentation service), Prosomoion "The soldiers standing guard."  "When Joseph asked Thy worshipful Body from Pilate . . . The Angel choirs were awestruck to see . . . ."  The music is in Western & Byzantine notation.  Updated 4/26/19.

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