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Holy Unction Service (Selected Hymns)

These are selected hymns: the Canon, the beginning of the Praises, and the Final Troparia for the Sacrament of Holy Unction.  The complete file will be available, Lord willing, for Holy Week, 2023.  Canon Updated 4/20/2022.

Holy Saturday Great Vespers, Apolytikia

These are the two apolytikia sung on Holy Friday afternoon at the Great Vespers for Great & Holy Saturday.  "The noble Joseph . . . Unto the myrrh-bearing women . . . ."

Holy Saturday Great Vespers, Stichera at the Aposticha

These are the stichera at the Aposticha at Great Vespers on Great & Holy Saturday (Holy Friday afternoon), The Original Melody "When he took thee."  "When he took Thee dead from off the Tree . . . ."

Holy Wednesday Matins, Complete Service-Western notation

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Holy Wednesday Matins (Holy Tuesday night)

This is the complete service for Holy Wednesday Orthros/Matins, sung on Holy Tuesday night, in Western notation only.

Holy Wednesday Matins, Complete Service-Byzantine notation

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Holy Wednesday Matins (Holy Tuesday night)

This is the complete service for Holy Wednesday Orthros/Matins, sung on Holy Tuesday night, in Byzantine notation only.

Holy Wednesday Matins, 04 Exaposteilarion

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Holy Wednesday Matins (Holy Tuesday night)

This is the Exaposteilarion sung on Holy Tuesday night for Holy Wednesday Matins.  "Thy bridal chamber, O my Savior . . . ."  The music is in Western & Byzantine notation. 

Holy Wednesday Matins, 06 GBN at the Praises

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Holy Wednesday Matins (Holy Tuesday night)

This is the Glory/Both now at the Praises sung on Holy Tuesday night for Holy Wednesday Matins.  "Glory . . . The sinful woman ran to purchase myrrh . . . Both now . . . She that was engulfed in sin . . . ."  The music is in Western & Byzantine notation.

Holy Wednesday Matins, 08 GBN at the Aposticha at the Praises

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Holy Wednesday Matins (Holy Tuesday night)

This is the Glory/Both now at the Aposticha at the Praises sung on Holy Tuesday night for Holy Wednesday Matins, also known as The Hymn of Kassiani.  "O Lord, the woman who had fallen into many sins . . . ."  The music is in Western & Byzantine notation.

Holy Wednesday Matins, 07 Aposticha at the Praises

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Holy Wednesday Matins (Holy Tuesday night)

This is the Aposticha at the Praises sung on Holy Tuesday night for Holy Wednesday Matins.  "Today, Christ is present in the house of the Pharisee . . . ."  The music is in Western & Byzantine notation.

Holy Wednesday Matins, 05 Praises

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Holy Wednesday Matins (Holy Tuesday night)

These are the Praises sung on Holy Tuesday night for Holy Wednesday Matins.  "Let every breath praise the Lord . . . Thee, the Son of the Virgin . . . ."  The music is in Western & Byzantine notation.

Holy Wednesday Matins, 03 The Triodion Canon

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Holy Wednesday Matins (Holy Tuesday night)

This is the Triodion Canon, Odes 3, 8 & 9, sung on Holy Tuesday night for Holy Wednesday Matins.  "Upon the rock of faith . . . ."  The music is in Western & Byzantine notation.

Holy Wednesday Matins, 02 Kathismata

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These are the 3 Kathismata sung on Holy Tuesday night for Holy Wednesday Matins.  1) Tone 3: Prosomoion "Awed by the beauty."  "The harlot came to Thee . . . ."  2) Tone 4: Prosomoion "Be quick to anticipate."  "The treacherous Judas . . . ."  3)  Tone 1:  Prosomoion "The soldiers standing guard."  "While sighing from the depths."  The music is in Western & Byzantine notation.

Holy Wednesday Matins, 01 Alleluia & Apolytikion

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This is the Alleluia, with verses, and the Apolytikion of the Bridegroom sung on Holy Tuesday night for Holy Wednesday Matins.  "Behold, the Bridegroom cometh in the middle of the night . . . ."  The music is in Western & Byzantine notation.

Presanctified Liturgy, 26a I Will Bless The Lord (Psalm 33)

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Presanctified Gifts, Liturgy of

This is the first 10 verses of Psalm 33, to be sung at the end of the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, after "Blessed be the name of the Lord."  "I will bless the Lord at all times . . . ."  It is sung here by the choir of St. George Cathedral, Wichita, KS.

Presanctified Liturgy, 25a I Will Bless The Lord

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This is the Post-Communion Hymn sung at the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, Obihod Tone 8.  "I will bless the Lord at all times . . . ."  It is sung here by the St. John the Divine Choir from the Diocese of Los Angeles & friends.

Presanctified Liturgy, 24d O Taste and See

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This is the Communion Hymn sung at the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts.  "O taste and see that the Lord is good."  It is sung here by the Boston Byzantine Choir.

Presanctified Liturgy, 24a O Taste and See

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Presanctified Gifts, Liturgy of

This is the Communion Hymn sung at the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts.  "O taste and see that the Lord is good."  It is in E-minor, and sung here by the St. John the Divine Choir from the Diocese of Los Angeles & friends.

Presanctified Liturgy, 21 Litany of Supplication

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Presanctified Gifts, Liturgy of

This Litany of Supplication used in the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts after the 1st Prayer of St. Ephraim.  Parts of it may also be used for the Great Litany and other litanies as well.

Presanctified Liturgy, 20b Now the Powers of Heaven

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This is sung as the "Cherubic Hymn" at the Liturgy of the Presanctified Liturgy.  "Now the powers of heaven . . . ."  The audio is a Slavonic version.

 

Presanctified Liturgy, 20a Now the Powers of Heaven

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This is the "Cherubic Hymn" sung at the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts: "Now the powers of heaven . . . ."  The audio is from the St. John the Divine Choir from the Diocese of Los Angeles & friends. 

Presanctified Liturgy, 16a Let My Prayer Arise

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Following the OT readings in the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, we sing this Refrain following each of the verses: "Let my prayer arise in thy sight as incense . . . ."  In the Russian tradition, the choir sings the Refrain and the verses, without the Glory/Both now, as it is sung here by the St. John the Divine Choir from the Diocese of Los Angeles & friends.

Presanctified Liturgy, 09b Let My Prayer Arise

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Following the OT readings in the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, we sing this Refrain following each of the verses chanted by the priest: "Let my prayer arise in thy sight as incense . . . ."

Presanctified Liturgy, 09a Let My Prayer Arise

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Following the OT readings in the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, we sing this Refrain following each of the verses chanted by the priest: "Let my prayer arise in thy sight as incense . . . ."  During the First Week of Lent, there is a tradtion to sing this in Tone 6 instead of Tone 5, sung here by the Boston Byzantine Choir.

Presanctified Liturgy, 05 Let My Prayer Arise

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Following the OT readings in the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, we sing this Refrain following each of the verses chanted by the priest: "Let my prayer arise in thy sight as incense . . . ."  It is sung here by the choir at St. George Cathedral, Wichita, KS.

Presanctified Liturgy, 03 Litany of Peace

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This is the Litany at the beginning of the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts.  The audio is the Byzantine version, as sung by the St. John the Divine Choir from the Diocese of Los Angeles & friends.  For the choral audio, please see the Litany of Supplication below.

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