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Title & Description Keywords
A
Annunciation, Prokeimenon at Orthros (Matins)

This Prokeimenon is sung at Orthros (Matins) on the Feast of the Annunciation to the Most-Holy Theotokos, March 25th, Tone/Mode 4.  "Proclaim from day to day . . . ."

Ascension, Apolytikion

This is the Apolytikion (Troparion) sung on the Feast of the Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ.  "Thou hast ascended in glory, O Christ our God . . . ."

B
Be Quick To Anticipate, Original Melody

Special Melody from 2nd Orthros Kathisma-Wednesday-T4

Byzantine Guide to the Tones

An introductory help and guide to the scales of each tone for Byzantine Chant

C
Cherubic Hymn [Listen]

Convention music-13H.  The audio file is provided by the SMI Chamber Chorale.

D
Dismissal (from Vespers)

Preserve, O God - Glory/Both now; Convention music-46B

H
Hymn of Kassiani the Nun

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

All creation rejoices in thee [Listen]

Sung as the Hymn to the Theotokos for the Liturgy of St. Basil the Great (January 1st, the Sundays of Great Lent, Holy Thursday & Holy Saturday morning)

J
Joseph was amazed, Original melody

Special Melody from 1st Orthros Kathisma-Sunday-T4

K
Pharisee & Publican Sunday (choral), Kontakion

First Sunday of the Pre-Lenten Season

Prodigal Son Sunday (choral), Kontakion

Second Sunday of the Pre-Lenten season

Dormition of the Theotokos, Kontakion

Kontakion sung from August 15-23

Nativity of the Theotokos, Kontakion

Kontakion sung from August 24-September 12

Presentation (Entrance) of the Theotokos into the Temple, Kontakion

Kontakion sung from November 9-25.

Transfiguration (chant), Kontakion

Kontakion for the Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord (6 August).

Transfiguration (choral), Kontakion

Kontakion for the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord (6 August).

Conception of the Theotokos by Righteous Anna, Kontakion

Kontakion for December 9th, using the text from Nassar, and music from St. Gregory Palamas Monastery

Placing of the Belt of the Theotokos, Kontakion

Kontakion sung on August 31-when it falls on a Sunday.

Righteous Simeon the Stylite, Kontakion

This is the Original Melody for "Seeking things on high." His Feast Day is September 1st.

L
Lazarus Saturday & Palm Sunday, Apolytikion (1st, chant)

This Apolytikion is sung on the Saturday of the Raising of Lazarus the Righteous and on the Feast of Palm Sunday.  "O Christ God, when Thou didst raise Lazarus . . . ."

Palm Sunday, Apolytikion (2nd, chant)

This is the 2nd Apolytikion (Troparion) sung on the Feast of Palm Sunday.  (The 1st is labeled for Lazarus Saturday.)  "O Christ God, when we were buried with thee in Baptism . . . ."

O
Open To Me The Doors of Repentance

The three hymns are sung as the Post-Gospel Hymns for the Triodion, after Psalm 50, from the Sunday of the Pharisee and Publican to the 5th Sunday of Lent.

P
Come Ye Take Light, To Thy Resurrection (chant)

These two hymns are chanted at the beginning of the Rush Procession, as the priest comes out with the lighted candle, and the people receive the light and begin to process outside.  "Come ye, take light from the Light . . . To Thy Resurrection, O Christ our Savior . . . ."

Pentecost Orthros Prokeimenon

Sung before the Orthros Gospel  Updated 5/29/15

Prokeimenon, for Friday at Vespers

This Prokeimenon is sung at Friday Vespers, Tone 7/Grave Mode.  "Thou, O God, art my helper . . . ."

S
Saturday of Souls, Doxastikon (Glory) at "O Lord I have cried"

This Glory at "O Lord, I have cried" is sung on Saturday of Souls, Meat Fare Saturday, and the Saturday after Ascension.  "I weep and I wail."  (Simpler version.)

T
Theophany of our Lord-Prefeast Series

Troparion of the Prefeast (Jan. 2-4), Kontakion (2-5), and Trop. of the Paramon (Jan. 5) of Theophany (January 6) in chant and choral forms: Special Melodies

Thomas Sunday (New Sunday), Apolytikion

This is the Apolytikion (Troparion) sung on Thomas Sunday (New Sunday).  The music is in Western and Byzantine notation.  "While the tomb was sealed . . . ."

Ascension, Troparion

This Troparion (Apolytikion) is sung from the Feast of Ascension until the Friday before Pentecost.  "Thou hast ascended in glory, O Christ our God . . . ."  Updated ???.  Sorry, folks, this is being corrected.  Back soon . . .

Circumcision of our Lord, Troparion

This is the Troparion (Apolytikion) for the Feast of our Lord's Circumcision; Feast day is January 1st, Prosomion "As Gabriel cried unto thee."  "O most compassionate Lord . . . ."

Dormition, Apolytikion (Troparion)

Sung from August 15th to the 23rd.  "In thy birth-giving, O Theotokos . . . ."

Dormition, Apolytikion (Troparion)

Sung from August 15th to the 23rd.  "In thy birth-giving, O Theotokos . . . ."

Forefeast of Theophany, Apolytikion

Troparion sung from January 2nd - 4th.  Prosomion "Joseph was amazed," hard chromatic version.  "Make ready, O Zebulon, and prepare, O Nephtali . . . ."

Nativity of the Forerunner (John the Baptist), Apolytikion

Troparion sung on June 24th & 25th, Prosomion "Be quick to anticipate."  "We who eagerly honor thee . . . ."

Paramon of the Nativity of Christ, Apolytikion

Troparion sung on December 24th.  Prosomion "Joseph was amazed," hard chromatic version.  "And it came to pass that Mary was enrolled with Joseph . . . ."

Paramon of Theophany, Apolytikion

Troparion sung on January 5th.  Prosomion "Joseph was amazed," hard chromatic version.  "The river Jordan receded of old . . . ."

Prefeast of the Dormition of the Theotokos, Apolytikion

Troparion sung on August 14th, Prosomion "Be quick to anticipate."  "Come forward, O ye people . . . ."

Presentation of the Lord in the Temple, Apolytikion

Apolytikion for the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple, Tone 1/First Mode.

Transfiguration, Troparion (chant)

Apolytikion for the Feast of the Transfiguration of Christ (6 August).  "When thou, O Christ our God, wast transfigured on the mountain . . . ."

Transfiguration, Troparion (choral)

Apolytikion for the Feast of the Transfiguration of Christ (6 August).  "When thou, O Christ our God, wast transfigured on the mountain . . . ."

Demetrius, Troparion of

Feast day is October 26 (Original Special Melody)

Hilarion the Great, Troparion of

"The barren wilderness ..."  Feast Day is October 21st

Joachim & Anna, the Ancestors of God, Troparion of

Sung on September 9th

John of Damascus, Troparion of

Feast day is December 4th

John the Hut-Dweller, Troparion of

Feast day is January 15th

Nicholas, Troparion of

Feast day is December 6th - choral version

Peter & Paul, Troparion of

Feast day is June 29th; sung also on the 30th

Peter and Paul, Troparion of

Feast day is June 29th; sung also on the 30th; Convention music-8C

Stephen of Palestine, Troparion of

This is the Venerable Stephen of Mar Sabbas Monastery of Palestine. Feast day is October 28th.

Third Finding of the Head of the Forerunner, Troparion of the

Feast day is May 25th

Troparion of the 1st Sunday of Lent

This Apolytikion is sung on the First Sunday of Lent, and also on August 16 for the Icon Not Made By Hands (Holy Napkin), Tone/Mode 2.  "Thy pure image . . . ."

Troparion of the 2nd Sunday of Great Lent

Sunday of Gregory Palamas, 2nd Sunday of Lent, Tone 8/Plagal Fourth Mode.  "O star of Orthodoxy . . . ."  (Updated 2/23/17 - further update pending...")

Troparion of the 2nd Sunday of Great Lent [Listen]

Sunday of Gregory Palamas

Troparion of the 5th Sunday of Great Lent

This Apolytikion is sung for our Righteous Mother Mary of Egypt on the 5th Sunday of Great Lent, and also on her Feast Day of April 1st.  "Through thee the divine likeness was securely preserved . . . ."   Updated 3/24/17.

Troparion of the Icon Not Made By Hands (Holy Napkin)

This Apolytikion is sung on August 16 for this commemoration, as well as on the 1st Sunday of Lent, Tone/Mode 2.  "Thy pure image . . . ."