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Vespers

Menaion - 01 January

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Menaion - Kazan's Byzantine Project (12 volumes)

This music is from the Byzantine Menaion Project by Basil Kazan for the saints and feasts of this month. The music is type-set, properly accented and barred, with ison, and rubrics and instructions added in, along with special melodies noted. Updated 12/19/16.

Cosmas and Damian of Asia-with their mother Theodota, Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried" (Nov 1st)

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Vesperal Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried"

These stichera are sung for the Holy Unmercenaries Cosmas & Damian of Asia and their mother Theodota, November 1st, the Original Melody, "Having laid up all their hope . . . ."  Updated 11/23/19.

Icon Not Made With Hands (Holy Napkin), Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried"

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Vesperal Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried"

These stichera are for the Icon Not Made With Hands (Holy Napkin), August 16th, Prosomoion "With what fair crowns."  "We who are born of earth . . . ."  Updated 7/16/2020.

Vouchsafe, O Lord

This hymn is usually said by the bishop during Vespers, but may be sung, if desired.

John Chrysostom, Apolytikion

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

His Feast Day is November 13th and January 27th.  This is the official version sung by SOYO in conjunction with their initial prayer service.  This may also be sung after his Paschal Homily is read.  "Grace shining forth from thy mouth like a beacon . . . ."

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).

Forefeast 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 from December 20th - 23rd, Prosomion "Joseph was amazed," soft chromatic version.  "Be thou ready, Bethlehem . . . ."  Updated 11/28/17.  Use this version when this is sung as a Dismisssal Hymn (Apolytikion).

St. Simeon's Prayer

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St. Simeon's Prayer

Common Byzantine version in Tone 6.

Vespers 2-part

Music for Vespers, 2-part harmony in F-minor

Vespers 2-part

Music for Vespers, 2-part harmony in C-major

Gladsome Light

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Gladsome Light

Two-part harmony in F-minor

Gladsome Light

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Gladsome Light

Two-part harmony in C-major

Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos

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Four-part music in G-major

Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos

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Three-part music (SAB) in A-minor

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-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.

Stephen of Mar Sabbas Monastery in Palestine, Apolytikion

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Troparia (Apolytikia) of the Saints

This is the Venerable Stephen of Mar Sabbas Monastery of Palestine. Feast day is October 28th.

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

Gladsome Light

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Gladsome Light

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

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 . . . ."

Peter & Paul, Vespers

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

VESPERS music for the Feast, sung on the evening of June 28th.

Mark-Apostle & Evangelist, Apolytikion

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Mark, the Holy Apostle & Evangelist (April 25th)

Feast Day is April 25th.  Apolytikion:  "O Holy Apostle and Evangelist Mark . . . ."

Raphael-Bishop of Brooklyn, Apolytikion

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Raphael, Bishop of Brooklyn (First Saturday in November)

The Apolytikion of St. Raphael, Bishop of Brooklyn, First Saturday in November.  "Rejoice, O Father Raphael, adornment of the holy Church . . . ."

Anthony the Great, Apolytikion

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Anthony the Great (Jan 17)

The Apolytikion sung for St. Anthony the Great, January 17th.  "Thou didst become like the zealous Elijah (Elias) in his condition . . . ."

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