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Alleluias during Lent

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

Apolytikia for the Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearing Women

Apolytikia for the third Sunday of Paschaltide, the Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearing Women.

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Byzantine Matins Project

This is the music from the 1976 version of Kazan's Matins. It has been typeset and corrected in its barring and accenting, with ison added. Please use with it the newer versions of the God is the Lord, also found in this PDF Library.

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Exaposteilaria for Blessed Xenia of St. Petersburg

This Exaposteilarion and its Theotokion are sung on January 24th for the Blessed Xenia of St. Petersburg, Fool-for-Christ

Exaposteilaria for Ss. Cyrus & John (Jan 31)

These Exaposteilaria are sung during Orthros/Matins for the Holy Unmercenaries Cyrus & John, celebrated on January 31st.

Exaposteilaria for St. Anthony

These Exaposteilaria are sung on January 17th for the Feast of St. Anthony the Great

Exaposteilaria for the Holy Fathers (July)

These are sung on the Sunday that falls between July 13 and 19.

Exaposteilaria for the Holy Fathers (October)

These Exaposteilaria are sung on the Sunday of October 11-17, for the Holy Fathers of the 7th Ecum. Council

Exaposteilaria for the Sunday of the Samaritan Woman

These are the two Exaposteilaria to be sung on the Sunday of the Samaritan Woman.

Exaposteilarion for Athanasius of Athos

Sung at Orthros (Matins) on July 5th

Exaposteilarion for Ss. Cosmas and Damian

This Exaposteilarion and its Theotokion are sung on November 1st.

Exaposteilarion for St. Elisha (Elisseus)

This Exaposteilarion and its Theotokion are sung on June 14

Exaposteilarion for St. Luke

St. Luke is celebrated on October 18th.

Exaposteilarion for St. Nicholas

This is the Exaposteilarion for St Nicholas, December 6th.

Exaposteilarion for the Feast of Ss. Constantine & Helen

This Exaposteilarion is sung on May 21st, the Feast of Ss. Constantine & Helen

Exaposteilarion for the Feast of the Meeting of the Lord

The Exaposteilarion for the Feast of the Meeting of the Lord (Presentation of the Lord in the Temple).

Exaposteilarion for the Sunday Before Theophany

This is the Exaposteilarion for the Sunday Before Theophany, Jan. 2-4

Exaposteilarion for the Sunday of All Saints

This is sung on the first Sunday after Pentecost, the Sunday of All Saints. Updated 6/7/15.

Exaposteilarion for the Sunday of the Blind Man

This Exaposteilarion is sung on the Sunday of the Blind Man.

Exaposteilarion for the Sunday of the Holy Fathers-1st Ecum. Council

This Exaposteilarion is to be sung on the Sunday after the Ascension.

Exaposteilarion for the Sunday of the Paralytic

This Exaposteilarion is sung on the Sunday of the Paralytic.

Exaposteilarion for the Wednesday of Mid-Pentecost

This Exaposteilarion is sung on the Wednesday of Mid-Pentecost.

Pentecost Orthros Exaposteilarion

Special Melody, Tone 3.  Ison has been added.

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Give Me This Stranger

This hymn is sung on Great and Holy Friday night (Orthros of Holy Saturday), after the procession with the bier, as people are coming back into church, or at the end of the service. It is in both Western and Byzantine notation.

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.

God is the Lord

These are all 8 modes (tones) for God is the Lord in BYZANTINE notation, sung during Orthros (Matins), with the updated text and music.  This is a 4M file, and may take a minute to download.

God is the Lord-First Mode [Listen]

This is the music and audio for the new "God is the Lord" in Western and Byzantine Notation.  Click on "Listen" to hear it chanted.

God is the Lord-Fourth Mode [Listen]

This is the music and audio for the new "God is the Lord" in Western and Byzantine Notation.  Click on "Listen" to hear it chanted.

God is the Lord-Grave Mode [Listen]

This is the music and audio for the new "God is the Lord" in Western and Byzantine Notation.  Click on "Listen" to hear it chanted.

God is the Lord-Plagal First Mode [Listen]

This is the music and audio for the new "God is the Lord" in Western and Byzantine Notation.  Click on "Listen" to hear it chanted.

God is the Lord-Plagal Fourth Mode [Listen]

This is the music and audio for the new "God is the Lord" in Western and Byzantine Notation.  Click on "Listen" to hear it chanted.

God is the Lord-Plagal Second Mode [Listen]

This is the music and audio for the new "God is the Lord" in Western and Byzantine Notation.  Click on "Listen" to hear it chanted.

God is the Lord-Second Mode [Listen]

This is the music and audio for the new "God is the Lord" in Western and Byzantine Notation.  Click on "Listen" to hear it chanted.

God is the Lord-Third Mode [Listen]

This is the music and audio for the new "God is the Lord" in Western and Byzantine Notation.  Click on "Listen" to hear it chanted.

Great & Holy Friday Matins

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

Great Doxology - 2 part choral [Listen]

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

Great Doxology - 4 part choral [Listen]

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

Great Doxology - melody only [Listen]

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

Great Doxology - Tone 1

Sung at the end of Orthros (Matins)

Great Doxology - Tone 2

Sung at the end of Orthros (Matins). Updated 6/10/15.

Great Doxology - Tone 3

Sung at the end of Orthros (Matins)

Great Doxology - Tone 4

Sung at the end of Orthros (Matins)

Great Doxology - Tone 5

Sung at the end of Orthros (Matins)

Great Doxology - Tone 6

Sung at the end of Orthros (Matins)

Great Doxology - Tone 7

Sung at the end of Orthros (Matins)

Great Doxology - Tone 8

Sung at the end of Orthros (Matins)

H
Hymn of Kassiani the Nun

Sung as the Doxastikon of the Aposticha for Holy Wednesday Bridegroom Matins. UPDATED and corrected 7/31/13!

It Is Truly Meet

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.).

L
Lamentations-Stasis 1, 2, & 3

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

M
Meeting of the Lord Series

Music for February 2nd, including the 9th Ode of Matins, and the Antiphons, Entrance Hymn, Troparion, Kontakion, Alleluia, Hymn to the Theotokos, and Communion Hymn of Liturgy. Updated 1/28/16.

Menaion - 01 January

This music is from the Byzantine Menaion Project by Basil Kazan for the saints and feasts of this month. The music is type-set, properly accented and barred, with ison, and rubrics and instructions added in, along with special melodies noted. Updated 1/16/16.

Menaion - 02 February

This music is from the Byzantine Menaion Project by Basil Kazan for the saints and feasts of this month. The music is type-set, properly accented and barred, with ison, and rubrics and instructions added in, along with special melodies noted.

Menaion - 03 March

This music is from the Byzantine Menaion Project by Basil Kazan for the saints and feasts of this month. The music is type-set, properly accented and barred, with ison, and rubrics and instructions added in, along with special melodies noted.

Menaion - 04 April

This music is from the Byzantine Menaion Project by Basil Kazan for the saints and feasts of this month. The music is type-set, properly accented and barred, with ison, and rubrics and instructions added in, along with special melodies noted.

Menaion - 05 May

This music is from the Byzantine Menaion Project by Basil Kazan for the saints and feasts of this month. The music is type-set, properly accented and barred, with ison, and rubrics and instructions added in, along with special melodies noted.

Menaion - 06 June

This music is from the Byzantine Menaion Project by Basil Kazan for the saints and feasts of this month. The music is type-set, properly accented and barred, with ison, and rubrics and instructions added in, along with special melodies noted.

P
Pentecost Orthros Prokeimenon

Sung before the Orthros Gospel  Updated 5/29/15

Polyeleos-Psalm 134

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

Polyeleos-Psalm 135

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

Post-Gospel Hymns for the Triodion

The three hymns beginning with 'Open to me the doors of repentance'.  UPDATED!  The third hymn was missing words, "wretch that I am."  They are now included, in both the traditional and easier melodies.  Updated 2/17/13

Praises for Ss. Cyrus & John (Jan 31)

These stichera are sung at the Praises during Orthros/Matins for the Holy Unmercenaries Cyrus & John, celebrated on January 31st.

Praises for St. Anthony the Great

These Praises are sung in Orthros (Matins) on the Feast of St. Anthony, January 17th

Praises for St. Nicholas

These are the verses on the Praises for St. Nicholas, December 6th.

Praises for the Blessed Xenia of St. Petersburg

These praises are sung on January 24th for the Blessed Xenia of St. Petersburg, Fool-for-Christ

Praises for the Dormition of the Theotokos

These Praises are sung on the Feast of the Dormition, and following week.

Praises for the Feast of the Meeting of the Lord

The Praises for Orthros/Matins of the Feast of the Meeting of the Lord (Presentation of the Lord in the Temple).

Praises for the Holy Fathers (July)

These Praises are sung on the Sunday that falls between July 13 and 19.

Praises for the Sunday Before Theophany

These are the Praises to be sung on the Sunday Before Theophany, Jan. 2-4

Praises for the Sunday of All Saints

These Praises are sung on the first Sunday after Pentecost, for All Saints, in the special melody of "As one valiant."

Amomos - Psalm 118

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

S
Sunday before Nativity of Christ-Orthros (Matins)

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