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God is the Lord

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God is the Lord

These are the 8 modes (tones) for God is the Lord in WESTERN notation, sung during Orthros (Matins), with the updated text and music.

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).

Alleluias during Lent

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These are the Alleluias sung during Lenten Orthros (Matins) in all 8 tones. (Updated 3-10-16)

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Alleluia; Orthros; Lent

Great Doxology - melody only

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Great Doxologies

Melody line only, set to English by Michael Farrow, from the work of George Anastassiou.

Great Doxology - 2 part choral

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Great Doxologies

Two-part harmony, set to English by Michael Farrow, from the work of George Anastassiou.

Great Doxology - 4 part choral

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Great Doxologies

Four-part harmony, set to English by Michael Farrow, from the work of George Anastassiou.

Holy Friday Matins

These are Prof. Hilko's arrangements of the Orthros Service sung on Holy Thursday evening, in anticipation of Holy Friday, using Russian Tones. UPDATED 6/4/13!

Amomos - Psalm 118

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Psalms

This is the beginning of Psalm 118:1-12 that may be sung before chanting the Evlogetaria in Orthros.

Sunday before the Nativity of Christ-Orthros (Kazan)

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

This is the Orthros (Matins) service for the Sunday before the Nativity of Christ, December 18-24, the Sunday of the Genealogy

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

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.

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.).

Lamentations-Stasis 1, 2, & 3

These are the Lamentations that are sung on Holy Friday evening, during Orthros of Holy Saturday

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 . . . ."

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

Peter & Paul, Orthros

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

ORTHROS (Matins) music for the Feast, sung on the day of June 29th. Updated 6/29/2014

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 . . . ."

Polyeleos-Psalm 135

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This is the 2nd Polyeleos, Psalm 135, sung in Orthros (Matins) on Major Feasts.

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O give thanks unto the Lord for He is good; Matins; Festal Matins; 2nd Polyeleos for Festal Matins

Polyeleos-Psalm 134

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This is the 1st Polyeleos, Psalm 134, sung in Orthros (Matins) on Major Feasts.

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Praise ye the name of the Lord; Matins; Festal Matins; 1st Polyeleos for Festal Matins

Nicholas the Wonderworker, Apolytikion

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Nicholas the Wonderworker (Dec 6)

This is a chant melody, sung on December 6th for the Feast of St. Nicholas.  "Thy works of justice did show thee to thy congregation a canon of faith . . . ."   Updated 9/27/17.

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