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Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Both now at the Aposticha at Vespers

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Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ (Dec 25)

This is the Both now (Theotokion) sung at the Aposticha at Vespers for the Feast of the Nativity of Christ, December 25th.  "Thou hast sojourned in a cave, O Christ God . . . ."

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Glory (Doxa) at the Aposticha at Vespers

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Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ (Dec 25)

This is the Glory (Doxastikon) at the Aposticha at Vespers for the Feast of the Nativity of Christ, December 25th.  "Be glad, O Jerusalem, keep feast, all ye that love Sion . . . ."

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Stichera at the Aposticha at Vespers

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Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ (Dec 25)

This is the Aposticha sung at Vespers for the Feast of the Nativity of Christ, December 25th.  "A great and marvellous wonder is brought to pass this day . .  ."

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Both now at the Litia (Entreaty)

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Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ (Dec 25)

This is the Both now at the Litia for the Nativity of Christ, December 25th.  "All the Angels in Heaven dance . . . ."

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Glory at the Litia (Entreaty)

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Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ (Dec 25)

This is the Glory at the Litia (Entreaty) sung before the Aposticha for the Nativity of Christ, December 25th.  "The Magi, Kings of Persia . . . ."

After-feast of the Nativity of Christ, Stichera at the Aposticha at Vespers (Dec 29)

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Vesperal Stichera at the Aposticha

These are sung for the After-Feast of the Nativity of Christ, December 29th, Prosomoion "As it is written."  "I see a dreadful mystery . . . ."

After-Feast of Theophany (Epiphany), Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried" (Jan 9)

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Vesperal Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried"

These stichera are sung on January 9th for the After-feast of the Theophany (Epiphany) of our Lord Jesus Christ, Prosomoion "O Lord, though Thou didst stand."  "O Lord and Savior, though Thou stoodest before John . . . ."

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Second Antiphon-Refrain & Troparion

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Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ (Dec 25)

This is the Refrain and Troparion of the 2nd Antiphon for the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, December 25th.  "Save us, O Son of God, Who wast born of a virgin . . . GBN . . . Only-begotten Son . . . ."

Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple, Festal Troparia after Psalm 50

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Entrance (Presentation) of the Theotokos into the Temple (Nov 21)

These are the Festal Troparia sung after Psalm 50 in Orthros on the Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple, November 21st.  "Glory ... Today the living Temple of the great King ... Both now ... (same) ... Have mercy ... Today the Theotokos, the Temple that is to hold God . . . ."  The music is in Western & Byzantine notation.

Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple, GBN (Doxastikon) at the Praises

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Entrance (Presentation) of the Theotokos into the Temple (Nov 21)

This is the chant version of the Glory/Both now (Doxastikon) at the Praises for the Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple, November 21st.  "Today the Virgin without blemish . . . ."

Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple, Megalynarion

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Entrance (Presentation) of the Theotokos into the Temple (Nov 21)

This is the chant version of the Megalynarion (Hymn to the Theotokos) for the Feast of the Entrance (Presentation) of the Theotokos into the Temple, November 21st.  "Beholding the entry of the All-Pure . . . ."  The music is in Western & Byzantine notation.  Updated with corrected text, 12/18/2021.

After-Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos, Stichera at the Aposticha at Vespers (Aug 21)

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Vesperal Stichera at the Aposticha

These are sung for the After-Feast of the Dormition on August 21st, Prosomoion "O house of Ephratha."  "Unto Gethsemane, the band of Christ's disciples . . . ."

After-Feast of Transfiguration, Exaposteilarion (Aug 8)

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Exaposteilaria

This is sung for the After-Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord, August 8th, Prosomoion "Upon that mount in Galilee."  "Before Thy Cross, O Sovereign Lord, taking Thy chief disciples . . . ."

After-Feast of Transfiguration, Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried" (Aug 8)

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Vesperal Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried"

These stichera are sung for the After-Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord, August 8th, Prosomoion "Unto them that fear thee."  "O this day, Thou madest manifest Thy Godhead . . . ."

Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos (Key of B) - for Virtual SMI 2021

This may be sung at the Artoklasia after the Litiya in Vespers on special Feasts and Saints days.  "Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos, Mary full of grace . . . ."  This is written in the Key of B, used at our Summer Virtual Sacred Music Institute in July, 2021.

Pentecost, Second Antiphon in Liturgy

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Pentecost (50 days after Pascha)

This is an alternate version of the 2nd Antiphon sung on the Feast of Pentecost, 50 days after Pascha.  "Save us, O Good Comforter . . . ."

Ascension, Second Antiphon in Liturgy

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Ascension of our Lord (40 days after Pascha)

This is an alternate version of the 2nd Antiphon for the Feast of Ascension, 40 days after Pascha.  "Save us, O Son of God, who didst rise from us in glory to the heavens . . . ."

Pascha, This is the Day

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Pascha: The Resurrection of Christ

The text of this hymn is from the Prokeimenon of the Epistle for Pascha.  It is typically sung as a recessional hymn, at a concert, or other times outside of the Divine Liturgy.  The audio is from a MIDI using the piano as the instrument.  Updated 6/2/2022 (several corrections needed).

Presentation (Meeting) of our Lord in the Temple, Both now at Litia / GBN at Aposticha on Sunday After

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Presentation (Meeting) of our Lord in the Temple (Feb 2)

This is the Both now sung at the Litia for the Feast of the Presentation (Meeting) of our Lord in the Temple, February 2nd.  It is also sung as the Glory/Both now at the Aposticha at Vespers on the Sunday after the Feast.  "The Ancient of Days . . . ."  The music is in Western & Byzantine (hand-written) notation.

Presentation (Meeting) of our Lord in the Temple, Glory at Litia & at OLIHC on Sunday After

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Presentation (Meeting) of our Lord in the Temple (Feb 2)

This is the Glory sung at the Litia for the Feast of the Presentation (Meeting) of our Lord in the Temple, February 2nd.  It is also sung as the Glory at "O Lord, I have cried" on the Sunday after the Feast.  "Search the Scriptures . . . ."  The music is in Western & Byzantine (hand-written) notation.

Presentation (Meeting) of our Lord in the Temple, Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried"

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Presentation (Meeting) of our Lord in the Temple (Feb 2)

These stichera are sung at "O Lord, I have cried" for the Feast of the Presentation (Meeting) of our Lord in the Temple, February 2nd.  "Tell us, O Simeon . . . ."  The music is in Western & Byzantine (hand-written) notation.

Presentation (Meeting) of our Lord in the Temple, Kathismata in Orthros

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Presentation (Meeting) of our Lord in the Temple (Feb 2)

These are the 3 Kathismata sung on the Feast of the Presentation (Meeting) of our Lord in the Temple, February 2nd.  First & Second Kathisma, Prosomoion "The soldiers standing guard."  "Let Angels' ho-ly choirs be amazed . . . While on the holy throne . . . ."  Third Kathisma, Prosomoion "Joseph was amazed."  "God most pure partaketh of purifications of the Law . . . ."

Theophany (Epiphany) of our Lord, 9th Ode (Full 9th Ode of Canon 2)

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Theophany (Epiphany) of our Lord (Jan 6)

This is the Full 9th Ode of Canon 2 sung for the Feast of Theophany (Epiphany) of our Lord, January 7th - 13th.  "Today the Master boweth His neck . . . Past understanding are the wonders of thy childbirth . . . ."  The music is in Western & Byzantine notation.

Theophany (Epiphany) of our Lord, 9th Ode (Full 9th Ode of Canon 1)

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Theophany (Epiphany) of our Lord (Jan 6)

This is the Full 9th Ode of Canon 1 sung for the Feast of Theophany (Epiphany) of our Lord, January 2nd - 5th.  "Magnify, O my soul . . . Every tongue is at a loss . . . ."  The music is in Western & Byzantine notation.

Theophany (Epiphany) of our Lord, Troparion of the Prophecy (2nd set)

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Theophany (Epiphany) of our Lord (Jan 6)

This is the Second set of the Troparion of the Prophecy sung at Vespers for the Feast of the Theophany (Epiphany) of our Lord, January 6th, using the translation from The Festal Menaion (Ware/Mother Mary).  "In the abundance of thy mercy . . . ."  The music is in Western & Byzantine notation.

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