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Sunday before the Nativity of Christ-Vespers (Kazan)

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

This is the Vesper service for the Sunday before the Nativity of Christ, December 18-24, the Sunday of the Genealogy. (Updated 12/13/12 with proper Special melody label, not music.)

Sunday of the Forefathers-2nd Sunday before Nativity of Christ-Orthros (Kazan)

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

This is the Orthros (Matins) service for the 2nd Sunday before Christmas, December 11-17, the Sunday of the Forefathers, pages 60-76 from Kazan's December Menaion

Sunday of the Forefathers-2nd Sunday before Nativity of Christ-Vespers (Kazan)

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

This is the Vesper service for the 2nd Sunday before Christmas, December 11-17, the Sunday of the Forefathers. (Updated 12/13/12 with proper Special melody label, not music.) Pages 47-59 of Kazan's December Menaion.

Prophets, Troparion of

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Troparia (Apolytikia) of the Saints

Most of the Prophets are included here with the different settings for each of their names.

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Katabasiae (Double Canon, Odes 1-8)

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Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ (Dec 25)

This double Canon of the Nativity of Christ has both sets of Katabasiae from the 1st and 2nd Canon (Odes 1-8), which are sung on the Feast of Christmas itself, December 25th, and on its Leave-taking, December 31st. "Christ is born, glorify Him . . . The Lord performed a miracle . . . ." Updated 12/3/17.

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Christ is born glorify Him; Matins of the Nativity of Christ; Two Canons for the Nativity of Christ; Canon for the Nativity; Iambic Canon for the Nativity

It Is Truly Meet

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Hymns to the Theotokos

This arrangement of 'It is truly meet' was chanted by the Archangel Gabriel when he first revealed this hymn
near Karyes on the Holy Mountain in the year 982. 'Greater in honor' was composed by St. Ephrem the Syrian (4th c.).

Rich men have turned poor

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This hymn is sung at toward the end of the Artoklasia service (blessing of the 5 loaves), usually a part of Vespers, after the Litya, for special feasts and saints' days.

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Rich men have turned poor and gone hungry; Vespers; Festal Vespers; Artoklasia

Rejoice, O Virgin

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This hymn is sung at the beginning of the Artoklasia service (blessing of the 5 loaves), usually a part of Vespers, after the Litya, for special feasts and saints' days.

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Rejoice O Virgin Theotokos; Vespers; Festal Vespers; Artoklasia

The Great Moses

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Sung on Holy Friday night as the Glory of the Praises for Orthros of Holy Saturday, in the traditional melody of "Inna Mousa."

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The Great Moses foreshadowed this day; Matins; Matins for Holy Saturday; Doxastikon of the Praises for Holy Saturday Matins

Gladsome Light

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Gladsome Light

This version has the corrected translation. See note at the bottom of the music.

Lamentations-Stasis 1, 2, & 3

These are the Lamentations that are sung on Holy Friday evening, during Orthros of Holy Saturday, and are taken from the Antiochian Archdiocese Holy Friday (Yellow) music book. These are written with several verses under each other.

Raphael, Kontakion

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Kontakia of Saints

The Feast Day for St. Raphael of Brooklyn is the first Saturday of November. Prosomoion "On this day the Virgin." "Today the memory of blessed Raphael . . . ."

John the Theologian/Divine/Apostle/Evangelist, Troparion of

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Troparia (Apolytikia) of the Saints

This Apolytikion (Troparion) is sung on May 8th and September 26th. "O Apostle, beloved of Christ our God . . . ."

Peter & Paul, Akathist

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Peter & Paul, Chiefs of the Apostles (June 29)

Akathist service sung on June 29th, by Basil Kazan, taken from the text of the Menaion from St. John of Kronstadt Monastery.

Anti-Cherubic Hymn for Holy Thursday

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Cherubic Hymns

Sung on Holy Thursday morning Vesperal Liturgy: Receive me today... Updated 3/30/18.

John Chrysostom, Apolytikion

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John Chrysostom (Feast: Nov 13; Recovery of Relics: Jan 27)

Feast Day is November 13th and January 27th. This is also sung after his Paschal homily is read on Pascha. "Grace shining forth from thy mouth like a beacon . . . ."

Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete - Full Version

Music for the Full Version of the Canon, sung on the Fifth Thursday of Lent. Updated 3/21/18.

Annunciation (Arabic), Kontakion

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Kontakia of Feasts & Forefeasts

This hymn is the Arabic version of "To thee the Champion Leader" and is sung on the Sundays during Lent before March 25th,on the Feast of Annunciation, March 25th, itself, and on the Fridays of Lent during the Akathist Hymn (Service).

Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete - Thursday

Music for Thursday of the first week of Lent. Corrected 3/4/17.

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He is my helper and protector; Great Compline; Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete - Thursday

Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete - Wednesday

Music for Wednesday of the first week of Lent. Updated 3/4/17.

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He is my helper and protector; Great Compline; Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete - Wednesday

Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete - Tuesday

Music for Tuesday of the first week of Lent

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He is my helper and protector; Great Compline; Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete - Tuesday

Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete - Monday

Music for Monday of the first week of Lent

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He is my helper and protector; Great Compline; Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete - Monday

Pre-Communion Psalms

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Psalms

These 3 Psalms (22, 23, & 115 LXX) may be sung before or during Communion.

A Good Word

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Selected verses from Psalm 44, sung as the Polyeleos for Marian feasts.  Click on the MIDI file (Listen) to hear how it sounds.

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A Good Word; Matins; Marian Feasts; Annunciation; Nativity of the Theotokos; Dormition of the Theotokos; Entrance of the Virgin in the Temple; Synaxis of the Theotokos; Protecting Veil of the Theotokos

Elevation (Exaltation) of the Cross, Katabasiae (Odes 1-9)

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Elevation (Exaltation) of the Cross (Sept 14)

These Katabasiae (Odes 1-9) are sung in Orthros (Matins) on August 1, August 6-13 and August 24-September 21.  They can also be sung at the Sacrament of Baptism, while the baby or child is being clothed.  They are sung in a special Tone 8, similar to the Canon of the Paraklesis.  UPDATED AND CORRECTED, 8/29/13

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Verily Moses having struck with his rod; Matins; Katavasies for the Cross; Summer Katavasies
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