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Title & Description Keywords
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As Many As Have Been Baptized

For Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, in the key of E-flat.  Updated 3/24/17.  "As many of you as have been baptized into Christ . . . ."

As Many As Have Been Baptized

For Regular Divine Liturgy (without a bishop).  Updated 3/24/17.  "As many of you as have been baptized into Christ . . . ."

As Many As Have Been Baptized

This chant version is in both English and Arabic, for use together or each on its own.  Updated 3/24/17.

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All the Universe Rejoices - Christmas Carol [Listen]

4-part harmony, in the key of G, updated 11/23/13.

Carols of the Nativity

Christmas Carols

Carols of the Nativity - Set 2

Christmas Carols

Heaven and Earth - Christmas Carol [Listen]

4-part harmony, in the key of G, updated 11/23/13.

Hymn to St. Nicholas - Christmas Carol [Listen]

4-part harmony, in the key of F, updated 11/23/13.

Hymn to St. Nicholas - Christmas Carol, 2-part [Listen]

2-part harmony, in the key of F, updated 11/23/13.

There is joy in Bethlehem - Christmas Carol [Listen]

4-part harmony, in the key of G, updated 11/23/13.

There was great rejoicing - Christmas Carol [Listen]

4-part harmony, in the key of A-flat, updated 11/23/13.

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Paramon (Eve) of the Nativity, Aposticha of the Praises

Aposticha of the Praises for the Paramon (Eve) of the Nativity, December 24th, Prosomoion "O house of Ephratha."  "Thou art become the house of Him that fashioned all things . . . ."

Paramon (Eve) of the Nativity, Exaposteilaria

Exaposteilaria & Theotokion for the Paramon (Eve) of the Nativity and St. Eugenia, December 24th, Prosomoion, "Upon that mount in Galilee."  "Dwelling in light beyond approach . . . ."

Paramon (Eve) of the Nativity, Stichera at the Praises

These are the Stichera at the Praises for the Forefeast of the Nativity of Christ, December 24th, Prosomoion "Ye angelic hosts."  "O the untold myst'ries, transcending understanding . . . ."

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Menaion - 12 December

Festal hymnody from the Menaion for December. 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. Update 12/15/17.

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Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ Series

Divine Liturgy music for December 25th, which includes choral and chant arrangements for the Antiphons, Entrance Hymn, Troparion, Kontakion, Alleluia, Hymn to the Theotokos, and Communion Hymns.  BEING UPDATED...

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, 9th Ode (Double Canon)

This is the full 9th Ode of the Double Canon for the Nativity of Christ, December 25th, with the concluding Katabasiae of the 9th Ode for each canon.  "Magnify, O my soul . . . I behold a strange and wonderful mystery . . . Today the Virgin . . . Verily, it is easier . . . ."

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Apolytikion (chant)

This is the chant version of the Apolytikion of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, December 25th.  "Thy Nativity, O Christ our God . . . ."  It is in Western and Byzantine notation.

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Apolytikion (choral)

This is a choral version of the Apolytikion of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, December 25th.  "Thy Nativity, O Christ our God, hath given rise to the light of knowledge in the world . . . ."

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Both now at "O Lord, I have cried"

This is used as the Both now for the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, and also for the days after the Nativity.  "When Augustus became supreme ruler of earth . . . ."

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

This is sung as the Both now at the Aposticha for the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ.  "O Christ God, Thou hast dwelt in a cave . . . ."

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Communon Hymn

The Communion Hymn for the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, December 25th.  "The Lord hath sent redemption to His people.  Alleluia."

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Doxa (Glory) & Both now at "O Lord, I have cried"

This is the Glory and Both now sung for the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, December 25th.  "When Augustus became supreme ruler of earth . . . ."

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

This is the Glory and Both now sung for the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, December 25th.  "Glory . . . Rejoice, O Jerusalem, and celebrate . . . Both now . . . O Christ God, Thou hast dwelt in a cave . . . ."

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Doxa (Glory) & Both now at the Praises

This is the Glory and Both Now sung at the Praises for the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, December 25th.  "When it was time for thy presence on earth . . . Today Christ is born in Bethlehem . . . ."

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Entrance Hymn

This Entrance Hymn is sung in the Divine Liturgy on the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ.  "Before the morning star I begot Thee from the womb . . . ."

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Exaposteilarion

Exaposteilarion for the Nativity of Christ (December 25), Original melody/automelon of "From the heights our Savior, Christ".  Updated 12/11/16.

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Festal Troparia after Psalm 50

These are the troparia sung after Psalm 50 in Orthros for the Nativity of Christ, December 25th.  "Glory . . . Today all creatures . . . Both now . . . Today all creatures . . . Have mercy . . . Glory to God in the highest . . . ."

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, First Antiphon in Liturgy

This is the First Antiphon with verses for the Divine Liturgy on the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, December 25th.  "Through the intercessions of the Theotokos . . . ."

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Katabasia-1st Canon, Ode 9

This is the Katabasia of the 9th Ode of the 1st Canon of the Nativity of Christ, sung from November 21st to December 24th (the Eve of the Feast).  "Magnify, O my soul . . . I behold a strange and wonderful mystery . . . ."

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Katabasia-2nd Canon, Ode 9

This Katabasia is from the 9th Ode of the 2nd Canon of the Nativity of Christ, sung from December 26th - 30th.  Updated 11/2/17.  "Today the Virgin . . . Verily, it is easier for us . . . ."

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Katabasiae (Double Canon, Odes 1-8)

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.

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Katabasiae-1st Canon, Odes 1-8

These Katabasiae, Odes 1-8, are to be sung in preparation of the Nativity of Christ from November 21st to December 24th (the Eve of the Feast).  "Christ is born, glorify Him . . . ."

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Katabasiae-2nd Canon, Odes 1-8

These Katabasiae are from the 2nd Canon of the Nativity of Christ and are sung from December 26th - 30th.  "The Lord performed a miracle . . . ."

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Kathismata

Kathismata for the Nativity of Christ (December 25), Prosomoion "Joseph was amazed."  "Come, ye faithful let us see where Christ the Savior hath been born . . . ."

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Kontakion (chant)

Kontakion for the Nativity of Christ, December 25th, the Original melody/automelon "On this day the Virgin beareth the Transcendent in Essense . . . ."  Updated 12/11/16.

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Kontakion (choral)

This is the choral version of the Kontakion of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, December 25th. "The Virgin brings forth today the Omnipotent One . . . ."

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Kontakion (choral)

This is an arrangement of the Kontakion of the Nativity of Christ, for double soprano and double alto.  "the Virgin brings forth today the Omnipotent One . . . ."

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Megalynarion (chant)

This is a chant version of the Megalynarion (Hymn to the Theotokos) for the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, December 25th.  "O my soul, magnify her . . . A mystery I behold which is strange and wondrous . . . ."

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Megalynarion (choral)

This is the choral version of the Megalynarion (Hymn to the Theotokos) for the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, December 25th.  "O my soul, magnify her . . . A mystery I behold which is strange and wondrous . . . ."

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Prokeimenon at Orthros

This is the Prokeimenon sung at Matins on the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, December 25th.  "From the womb before the morning star have I begotten Thee . . . ."  It is in Western and Byzantine notation.  Updated 12/15/17.

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Second Antiphon in Liturgy

This is the Second Antiphon sung in the Divine Liturgy on the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, December 25th.  "O Son of God, Who wast born of the Virgin, save us . . . ."

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried"

Stichera for the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, December 25th.  "Come, let us rejoice in the Lord . . . ."

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried" (For after-feast)

These are the 4 stichera of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ which are used during the days after the Feast, until its Leave-taking on the 31st.  "Come, let us rejoice in the Lord . . . ."

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

These stichera are sung for the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, December 25th.  "Today hath come about a great and wonderful thing . . . ."

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Stichera at the Praises

These praises are sung on December 25th for the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ.  "Rejoice, O righteous ones, and ye heavens be glad . . . ."

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ-Post Feast Series

The Kontakion of the Feast (sung Dec. 25-31); the Alleluia & Hymn to the Theotokos for the Synaxis (Dec. 26), & the Troparion of the Sunday after the Nativity (Dec. 25-31)

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ-Pre Feast Series

The Kontakion and the Troparia of the Prefeast and Paramon of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, November 26th - December 24th.  Music has been updated Nov. 30th.

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O What Wonderful Glad Tidings

Traditional Romanian Nativity Carol

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Sunday after the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Apolytikion

This is the Apolytikion of the Sunday after the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, December 26th - 31st.  "Proclaim, O Joseph, to David, the grandparent of God . . . ."

Sunday after the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Doxa (Glory) at "O Lord, I have cried"

This is the Doxastikon (Glory) for the Sunday after the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, December 26th - 31st.  "Let us celebrate the memory of David . . . ."

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

This is the Doxastikon (Glory) at the Aposticha for the Sunday after the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, December 26th - 31st.  "Thy Nativity hath become a memorial for the Priests . . . ."

Sunday after the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Doxa (Glory) at the Praises

This Glory is sung on the Sunday after the Nativity of Christ, December 26th - 31st.  "The blood, fire and pillars of smoke . . . ."

Sunday after the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Exaposteilarion

The first Exaposteilarion sung on the Sunday after the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, December 26th - 31st, Prosomoion "Upon that mount in Galilee."  "Now with God's Brother, lauded James . . . ."

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Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ-After-feast, Stichera at the Aposticha at Vespers (Dec 27)

This Aposticha at Vespers is sung for the After-feast of the Nativity of Christ, December 27th, Prosomoion "Thou art the joy."  "He that dawned forth from the Father before the ages began . . . ."