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Sacred Music Library

The Department of Sacred Music is pleased to offer free of charge to you the Liturgical Music PDF Library. For any comments or suggestions, please contact us.

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Displaying All Music with Keyword: Katabasia
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Canon of the Nativity of Christ

This double Canon of the Nativity has both sets of Katabasiae. Sing the first set from Nov. 21 - Dec. 24. On Christmas, sing them both, as written here. Sing the second set from Dec. 26 - 31. Updated 6/21/13.

Katabasiae for the Cross

These Katabasiae are sung in Orthros (Matins) from August 1-13 and August 24-September 21.  They can also be sung at the Sacrament of Baptism, while the baby or child is being clothed.  They are sung in a special Tone 8, similar to the Canon of the Paraklesis.  UPDATED AND CORRECTED, 8/29/13

Matins, Kazan - Katabasiae for the Theotokos 1-8, Tone 4

Katabasiae 1-8 for the Theotokos, "I shall open my mouth...", Tone 4/Fourth Mode, from the Kazan Matins book

Matins, Kazan - Ninth Ode Katabasia for the Theotokos, Tone 4

Ninth Ode Katabasia for the Theotokos, "Let all earthborn mortals...", Tone 4/Fourth Mode, from the Kazan Matins book.

Menaion - 07 July

Festal hymnody for offices and Divine Liturgy for the month of July. This music is from the Byzantine Menaion Project by Basil Kazan. The music is type-set, properly accented and barred, with ison, and rubrics and instructions added in, along with special melodies noted.