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Forty Holy Martyrs, Prokeimenon at Orthros

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Forty Holy Martyrs of Sebastia (March 9)

This Prokeimenon is sung during Orthros for the Forty Holy Martyrs of Sebastia, March 9th.  "We went through fire and water, and Thou didst bring us out into refreshment."

Monastics, Apolytikion (Cheese Fare Saturday)

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Troparia (Apolytikia) of the Saints

This Apolytikion is sung for the Venerable and God-bearing Monastics (Ascetics) on Cheese Fare Saturday.  "O God of our fathers, who at all times . . . ."

Cyril of Jerusalem, Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried"

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Vesperal Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried"

The stichera for Our Father among the Saints Cyril, Patriarch of Jerusalem, Prosomoion" As one valiant."  "Thou hast risen up as a star . . . ."

Stavro-Theotokion (of the Cross), The pure Ewe-lamb who gave Thee birth

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Theotokia for Vespers & Orthros

This is the Stavro-Theotokion (of the Cross) from the Menaion, sung at Vespers & Orthros, Prosomoion "As one valiant."  "The pure Ewe-lamb who gave Thee birth . . . ."

Auxentios of Bithynia, Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried"

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Vesperal Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried"

These stichera are sung for our Righteous Father Auxentios, Priest of Bithynia, Prosomoion "Unto them that fear thee."  "Thou didst show forth increase in ascetic feats . . . ."

Martinian of Palestine, Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried"

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Vesperal Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried"

The stichera for the Venerable Martinian of Palestine, February 13th, Prosomoion "Unto them that fear thee."  "Having chose hardships and ascetic struggles . . . ."

Theotokion, As I voyage upon the sea

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Theotokia for Vespers & Orthros

This is the Theotokion from the Menaion sung at Vespers & Orthros, Prosomoion "As one valiant."  "As I voyage upon the sea . . . ."

Meletios the Great-Archbishop of Antioch, Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried"

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Vesperal Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried"

For Meletios, Archbishop of Antioch the Great, February 12th, Prosomoion "As one valiant."  "As is written, O blessed man, thou didst meditate day and night . . . ."

Xenia of St. Petersburg, Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried"

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Vesperal Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried"

These are sung for the Blessed Xenia of St. Petersburg, Fool-for-Christ, January 24th, Prosomoion "As one valiant."  "As a pilgrim upon the earth and a stranger to worldly things . . . ."

John Chrysostom-Recovery of Relics, Stichera at the Praises

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

These Praises are sung for the Recovery of the Relics of John Chrysostom, January 27th, Prosomoion "Unto them that fear thee."  "Brighter are thy sacred doctrines . . . ."

Synaxis of John the Baptist, Prokeimenon at Orthros (Matins)

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Synaxis of John the Baptist (Jan 7)

This Prokeimenon is sung during Orthros (Matins) for the Synaxis of the Holy Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John, January 7th.  It is also sung on June 24th for the Nativity of St. John the Baptist.  "For thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Most High . . . ."  This music is in Western & Byzantine notation.  Updated 5/23/19.

Euthymios the Great, Apolytikion

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Euthymios the Great (January 20th)

This is the Apolytikion (Dismissal Hymn) for the Venerable Euthymios the Great, January 20th.  "Be glad, O barren one . . . ."

Paramon (Eve) of Theophany (Epiphany), Kontakion

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Paramon (Eve) of Theophany (Epiphany) of Christ

This is the Kontakion of the Paramon (Eve) of Theophany (Epiphany) of Christ, Prosomoion "On this day Thou hast appeared."  "In the running waters of the Jordan River . . . ."

Theopemptos & Theonas, Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried"

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Vesperal Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried"

These are sung for the Holy Martyrs Theopemptos, Bishop of Nicomedia and Theonas, January 5th, Prosomoion "As one valiant."  "Let us honor with hymns the wise . . . ."

Synaxis of John the Baptist, Both now at the Aposticha at Vespers

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Synaxis of John the Baptist (Jan 7)

This Both now is sung for the Synaxis of the Holy Prophet, Forerunner & Baptist John, January 7th.  "Come, let us emulate the wise virgins . . . ."

Synaxis of John the Baptist, Stichera at the Aposticha at Vespers

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Synaxis of John the Baptist (Jan 7)

These are sung for the Synaxis of Holy Prophet, Forerunner & Baptist John, January 7th, Prosomoion "Unto them that fear thee."  "When John the Forerunner saw Thee drawing near him . . . ."

Habakkuk the Prophet, Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried"

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Vesperal Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried"

These are for the Holy Prophet Habakkuk, December 2nd, Prosomoion "As one valiant."  "On receiving the Spirit's ray . . . ."

Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple, Prokeimenon at Orthros

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

This Prokeimenon is sung at Orthros (Matins) for the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple, November 21st.  "Hearken, O daughter, and see, and incline thine ear . . . ."

Menas, Victor, Vincent & Stephanie, Stichera at the Praises (for Sunday)

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Praises

These Praises are sung for the Holy Martyrs Menas, Victor, Vincent & Stephanie, when November 11th falls on a Sunday, Prosomoion "As one valiant."  "Pierced with caltrops, O brave Menas . . . ."  (The Patriarchate of Antioch calls for these Aposticha stichera to be sung as the Praises when this day falls on a Sunday.)

Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple, 9th Ode of the First Canon

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

This is the Ninth Ode of the First Canon for the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple, November 21st.  "The Angels, beholding the Entrance of the all-pure one . . . Since thou art a living temple of God . . . ."

Raphael-Bishop of Brooklyn, Glory (Doxastikon) at the Aposticha at Vespers

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Raphael, Bishop of Brooklyn (First Saturday in November)

This is the Glory (Doxastikon) sung at the Aposticha for St. Raphael, Bishop of Brooklyn, First Saturday in November.  "Today a splendid festival dawns upon the whole world . . . ."  Updated 10/12/18.

Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple, 9th Ode (both canons)

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

This is the complete 9th Ode of both Canons for the Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple, November 21st.  "The Angels, beholding the Entrance of the all-pure one . . . Since thou art a living temple of God . . . Magnify, O my soul, her who was presented . . . Verily, the fruit of the promise did come forth . . . ."  Updated 11/23/18.

Romanos of Antioch, Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried"

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Vesperal Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried"

Stichera for the Martyr Romanos of Antioch, November 18th, Prosomoion "As one valiant."  "In the fire of ascetic feats, thou wast tempered as hard as steel . . . ."

Menas, Victor, Vincent & Stephanie, Stichera at the Aposticha at Vespers

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Vesperal Stichera at the Aposticha

These stichera are sung as the Aposticha at Vespers on November 11th for the Martyrs Menas of Egypt, Victor & Stephanie of Damascus, and Vincent of Spain, Prosomoion "As one valiant."  "Pierced with caltrops, O brave Menas . . . ."  Updated 10/29/18.

Ioanikios the Great, 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 Ioanikios the Great of Mount Olympus, November 4th, Prosomoion "As one valiant."  "With the arrows of abstinence, thou didst mortally wound the foe . . . ."

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