THE MUSIC FILES

THE GREAT PROKEIMENON: Tis Theos Meghas / Who Is So Great a God?          MIDI


VESPERS

Kyrie Ekekraxa / Lord I Have Cried Out (Psalms 140-141):
Tone 1                  Tone 2                  Tone 3             Tone 4
Plagal Tone 1     Plagal Tone 2     Grave Tone     Plagal Tone 4
Fos Ilaron / O Joyful Light  (Sakellariedes) - Chant Version
Fos Ilaron / O Joyful Light - Harmonized Version          GREEK MIDI        ENGLISH MIDI


ORTHROS

Sunday Orthros Ordinary
The book contains the standard text and music in English (and some Greek) of the Sunday
Resurrection Orthros service. It has the parts of the Orthros which normally do not change from
week to week with explicit instructions on how to construct the service based upon the tone of the
week and the proper hymns of the feast. The book serves not only as a practical resource for
chanting Sunday Orthros, but also as an Orthros instruction manual. If this book is printed with
two-sided sheets, make sure the even-numbered pages are on the left and the odd-numbered
pages are on the right, like a standard printed book, so that hymns can be inserted between the
proper pages.

The Greek Anastasimatarion of Nicholas Roubanis
The proper hymns for Sunday Orthros in all eight tones, including Alleluia, Theos Kyrios, Aplytikia,
Kathismata, Anavathmoi,Katavasias, Megalynaria, Exaposteliaria, Ainoi, Eothina Doxastica, and
Great Doloxogies, all in Greek and in staff notation.

Great Doxology in the Third Tone, Greek and English
Great Doxology in the Plagal First Tone, Sticheraric:   Greek Version     English Version
Great Doxology in the Plagal Second Tone for Holy Saturday (Friday night) Greek only


THE DIVINE LITURGY

The Complete Divine Liturgy Book for Choirs and Chanters, Fifth Edition
This book contains both the major (Plagal Fourth Tone) and minor (Plagal First Tone and First
Tone) liturgy settings, the Resurrectional apolytikia, the substitutions for the Trisagion, four Cherubic
hymns, the megalynarion of the Liturgy of St. Basil, the memorial service, the artoklasia, and music
for the hierarchical Divine Liturgy--all in one resource.

The Divine Liturgy Congregational Pew Book and Hymnal             Hymnal Version (music only)
This pew book correllates to the Divine Liturgy book  above. It contains the text of the Divine Liturgy in
one section, then in another section contains a hymnal which has all of the music.

The Divine Liturgy in Three-Part Harmony in Greek and Modern English
For those choirs who prefer to chant harmonized music, this liturgy is an attempt to offer it in simple
three-part harmony while staying as close to the modal system as possible.

The Divine Liturgy of our Father Among the Saints, John Chrysostom, Greek and Renaissance
English in 3-part harmony and chant       
MP3 PAGE: Listen to and download mp3's of this liturgy
This is the original liturgy created for the web site. It was developed for the choir of the Assumption
Greek Orthodox Church in Flint, Michigan in 2002. It is a combination of 3-part harmony and 2-part
chant. It is in Greek and English with easy switching between languages
.
NOTE:
When we made this liturgy, we were using Renaissance English (with Thees and Thous,
etc.). We have left it in this form because many people still use this version. All other music on this
website uses modern English.

Music for the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts
In English with some Greek.

DIVINE LITURGY HYMN SUBSTITUTIONS:   
Trisagion Hymn for Hierarchical Liturgies with Tou Vimatos
Osi is Christon / As many of you as have been baptized    MIDI
Ton Stavron Sou / Before your Cross    MIDI

The 8 Sunday Resurrectional Apolytikia     ZIPPED MIDI FILES        
Kontakion: Prostasia ton Christianon / O Protection of Christians        
 GREEK MIDI          ENGLISH MIDI

Epi si cheri / In you rejoices (Sakellarides melody)   
Epi si cheri / In you rejoices (Plagal 4 melody from Anthimos)     MIDI

The Memorial Service (Mnemosino)


THE MENAION
(FIXED FEASTS OF THE MONTHS)

For dates of specific saints and minor feasts, CLICK HERE.

MAJOR FEASTS OF THE MENAION:

NOTE: The last day a festal kontakion is sung is the last day (leave-taking) of the feast, on which day
the apolytikion of the feast, and sometimes the megalynarion and Communion
hymn as well, are chanted. Check the
Typikon for details.

September 1 - The New Ecclesiastical Year
Apolytikion - O Pasis dimiourghos / As Creator of the universe
For the apolytikion of the Theotokos of Miasena, see the Saints page
For the apolytikion of St. Symeon, see the Saints page
Kontakion: O ton eonon piitis / As the Creator of the ages
Communion: Evloghison ton stefanon / Bless the crown

September 8 - The Nativity of the Theotokos
(Sunday Kontakion: Aug. 24 - 30, Sept. 2-6, 8-12)
Forefeast Apolytikion ( Sept. 7) - Ek tis risis Iessi / From the root of Jesse's tree
Forefeast Kontakion ( Sept. 7) - I Parthenos simeron...Maria / On this day the Virgin...Mary
Antiphons and Small Entrance Hymn for the Nativity of the Theotokos
Apolytikion: I yennisis sou Theotoke / Your birth, O Theotokos     MIDI
Kontakion: Ioakim ke Anna / Joachim and Anna     GREEK MIDI     ENGLISH MIDI
Megalynarion: Allotrion ton miteron / How strange it is     GREEK MIDI     ENGLISH MIDI
Communion for feasts of the Theotokos: Potirion sotiriou / I will take the cup of salvation   MIDI

September 14 and 3rd Sunday of Lent - The Elevation of the Holy Cross
(Sunday Kontakion: Sept. 14-21)
Forefeast Apolytikion ( Sept. 13) - Ton zoopion Stavron / We bring before You
Forefeast Kontakion ( Sept. 13) - Ouranos polyfotos / As the Church has shown herself
Antiphons and Small Entrance Hymn for the Holy Cross
Apolytikion: Soson Kyrie / O Lord, save your people     GREEK MIDI     ENGLISH MIDI
Kontakion: O ipsothis en to Stavro / By your own will upon the Cross    GRK MIDI     ENG MIDI
Trisagion Substitution: Ton Stavron Sou / Before your Cross
Megalynarion: Mistikos i Theotoke / Theotokos, O Mystical Paradise     GRK MIDI     ENG MIDI
Megalynarion for the Last Day of the Feast (Sep. 21): O Dhia Vroseos /Today the death    ENG MIDI
Communion: Esimiothi ef imas / Lord, lift up the light     MIDI

October 11 to 17 - Sunday of the Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council
Apolytikion: Iperdhedhoxasmenos / You are glorified above all

October 28 - The Protecting Veil of the Theotokos
Troparion: Tis Skepis sou / With hymns we praise the graces
Kontakion: Osper nefeli / Just like the shadow of a cloud
Megalynarion: Angeli tin Skepin / Angels praise the Veil
Communion for feasts of the Theotokos: Potirion sotiriou / I will take the cup of salvation   MIDI

November 8 - Synaxis of the Archangel Michael and other Bodiless Powers
Apolytikion: Ton ouranion stration / We come before you    GREEK MIDI    ENGLISH MIDI
Communion: O piion Angelous aftou / He makes His Angels spirits     MIDI

November 21 - The Presentation of the Theotokos in the Temple
(Sunday Kontakion: Nov. 8-19, 21-25)
Forefeast Apolytikion (Nov. 20) : Charan promnistevete / By blossoming forth
Forefeast Kontakion (Nov.20); Effrosinis Simeron /On this day the universe
Antiphons and Small Entrance Hymn for the Nativity of the Theotokos
Apolytikion: Simero tis evdhokias / Today is the foreshadowing   GREEK MIDI    ENGLISH MIDI
Kontakion: O katharotatos / The Purest Temple          GREEK MIDI       ENGLISH MIDI
Megalynarion: Angeli tin isodhon / Beholding the presentation
Communion for feasts of the Theotokos: Potirion sotiriou / I will take the cup of salvation   MIDI

December 25 - The Nativity of Christ (Christmas)
(Sunday Kontakion: Forefeast--Nov. 26-Dec.24, Feast--Dec. 25-31)
Apolytikion-Sunday before Nativiy (Dec. 18-24): Megala ta tis pisteos/Great are the accomplishments
Forefeast Apolytikion (Dec. 20-23): Etimazou Vithleem / O Bethlehem   MIDI
Forefeast Kontakion: I Parthenos simeron / On this day the Virgin Comes   MIDI
Antiphons and Small Entrance Hymn for the Nativity of Christ
Apolytikion: I yennisis sou, Christe / Your birth, O Christ     GREEK MIDI     ENGLISH MIDI
Kontakion: I Parthenos simeron / On this day the Virgin Bears        MIDI   
Trisagion Substitution: Osi is Christon / As many of you
Megalynarion: Meghalion psychi mou / O Magnify My Soul     GREEK MIDI     ENGLISH MIDI
Communion: Litrosin / The Lord has sent redemption     MIDI
Communion Hymn by Tschesnokov, known as "Salvation is Created"- in Greek
First Katavasias from Ode 1 of the Canon: Christos Ghennate / Christ is Born
Apolytikion of Sunday after Nativity (Dec. 26-31): Evangelizou Iosif / Proclaim, O Joseph

January 1 - The Circumcision of Christ and the Feast of St. Basil the Great
Antiphons and Small Entrance Hymn for the Circumcision of Our Lord
Apolytikion: Morfin analliotos / You Took On Human Form    GREEK MIDI     ENGLISH MIDI
Apolytikion for St. Basil: Is pasan tin ghin / The sound of your teaching
Kontakion: O ton olon Kyrios / On this day the Lord of all
Megalynarion of the St. Basil Liturgy: Epi Si Cheri / In You Rejoices
Megalynarion for St. Basil: Ton ouranofandora / He is Christ's revealer (short version)
Megalynarion for St. Basil: Ton ouranofandora / He is Christ's revealer (melismatic version)

January 6 - Epiphany (Theophany)
(Sunday Kontakion: Forefeast--Jan. 2-5, Feast--Jan. 6-14)
Forefeast Apolytikion (Jan. 2-4) - Etimazou Zavoulon /  Be prepared, O Zabulon
Forefeast Kontakion: En tis rithris / On this day upon the streams
Eve of Theophany Apolytikion (Jan. 5) - Apestrefeto pote / River Jordan at one time stopped
Antiphons and Small Entrance Hymn for Epiphany (Theophany)
Apolytikion: En Iordhani / When You were baptized     GREEK MIDI     ENGLISH MIDI
Kontakion: Epefanis simeron / You have shown Yourself today    GREEK MIDI    ENGLISH MIDI
Trisagion Substitution: Osi is Christon / As many of you
Megalynarion: Megalyon psychi mou / O Magnify My Soul     GREEK MIDI     ENGLISH MIDI
On Sundays and Mondays the megalynarion is Epi si cheri / In you rejoices
Megalynarion of the Leave-taking (January 7 & 14): O ton iper noun  / Bride who are most pure
Communion: Epefani i Charis / The Grace of God      MIDI

February 2 - The Presentation of Christ in the Temple
(Sunday Kontakion: Jan. 15-31, Feb. 2-9)
Forefeast Apolytikion ( Feb. 1) - Ouranios choros / A heavenly chorus
Forefeast Kontakion ( Feb. 1) - Os angalas simeron / O you faithful
Antiphons and Small Entrance Hymn for the Presentation of Christ in the Temple
Apolytikion: Chere kecharitomeni / Hail to You who are full of grace     GRK MIDI     ENG MIDI
Kontakion: O Mitran Parthenikiin / Through Your Birth, O Christ       ENG MIDI
Megalynarion: Theotoke i elpis / Theotokos, as the hope
Communion for feasts of the Theotokos: Potirion sotiriou / I will take the cup of salvation   MIDI
Ninth Ode of the Orthros Canon, in English, Third Tone   (Harmonized Version here)

March 25 - The Annunciation
(Sunday Kontakion: First Five Sundays of Lent)
Forefeast Apolytikion ( March 24) - Simeron tis pangosmiou / Today is the prelude
Forefeast Kontakion ( March 24) - Epelifsi Pnevmatos / By the presentation
Antiphons and Small Entrance Hymn for the Annunciation
Apolytikion: Simeron tis sotiriou / Today is the beginning     GREEK MIDI     ENGLISH MIDI
Kontakion: Ti ipermaho / Mighty Defender     GREEK MIDI     ENGLISH MIDI
Megalynarion: Evangelizou ghi charan/ Announce the tidings     GREEK MIDI     ENGLISH MIDI
Communion: Exelexato Kyrios tin Sion / For the Lord has Chosen Zion    MIDI

First Sunday of June
Troparion of the Second Ecumenical Council in Greek and English

July 13 to 19 - Sunday of the Fathers of the Fourth Ecumenical Council
Apolytikion: Iperdhedhoxasmenos / You are glorified above all

August 1 to 14 - SMALL PARAKLESIS
Music in English For Chanters or Choir
Text Booklet in Greek and English for Congregation
Text Booklet  formatted for letter-sized paper

August 6 - The Transfiguration of Christ
(Sunday Kontakion: July 27-Aug.4, 6-13)
Forefeast Apolytikion (Aug. 5): Christou tin Metamorphosin / Let us come forth
Forefeast Kontakion (Aug. 5): En ti Thia Simeron / On this day by God's
Antiphons and Small Entrance Hymn for the Transfiguration of Our Lord
Apolytikion: Metemorfothis en to ori Christe / You were transfigured      GRK MIDI     ENG MIDI
Kontakion: Epi tou orous metemorfothis / On the mountain     GREEK MIDI     ENGLISH MIDI
Megalynarion: Nin ta anikousta / Now has been heard what was unheard of
 GREEK MIDI          ENGLISH MIDI
Megalynarion of the Leavetaking (August 13): O tokos sou / You gave birth
Communion: En to foti tis dhoxis / We shall walk     MIDI

August 15 - The Dormition (Assumption) of the Theotokos
(Sunday Kontakion: Aug. 15-24)
Forefeast Apolytikion (Aug. 14): Lai proskirtisate / Spring up, O people
Forefeast Kontakion (Aug.14): Ti endhoxo mnimi sou / At your glorious memory
Antiphons and Small Entrance Hymn for the Dormition of the Theotokos
Apolytikion: En ti yennisi / In giving birth     GREEK MIDI     ENGLISH MIDI
Kontakion: Tin en presvies akimeton / The Theotokos, ever watchful     GRK MIDI     ENG MIDI
Megalynarion: E yenai pase / Every generation calls you blessed     GRK MIDI     ENG MIDI
Communion for feasts of the Theotokos: Potirion sotiriou / I will take the cup of salvation   MIDI

Lamentations (Engomia) of the Dormition of the Theotokos
  (Modern English Text with music)    Click HERE for text version only.
  A metered translation that fits with any existing Greek melody.

FEASTS OF THE SAINTS AND OTHER IMPORTANT COMMEMORATIONS

Click here for a special page of apolytkia and Communion hymns
for other days of the Menaion (Saints and commemorations)


THE TRIODION
(MOVABLE FEASTS OF THE THREE-ODE PERIOD)

Saturdays of the Souls
Apolytikion of the 1st Saturday of the Souls: O Vathi Sofias / From the Depths of Your Wisdom
Apolytikion of the 2nd Saturday of the Souls: O Theos ton Patera imon / O God of our fathers
Saturday of the Souls Communion Hymn: Makarii ous exelexo / Blessed are they

Pre-Lenten Kontakia
Kontakion of the Sunday of the Pharisee and Publican, Greek & English GRK MIDI   ENG MIDI
Kontakion of the Sunday of the Prodigal Son, Greek & English     GRK MIDI     ENG MIDI
Kontakion of the Sunday of the Last Judgment (Meatfare), Greek & Eng.   GRK MIDI   ENG MIDI
Kontakion of the Sunday of Forgiveness (Cheesefare), Greek & English   GRK MIDI   ENG MIDI

The Akathist (Salutations to the Theotokos)
The Salutations Service Music Book, Canon in Greek and English
Contains the entire service with all the music n Greek and English. Greek is on the left side and
English is on the right.
The Salutations to the Theotokos Pew Service Book, Text Only, Greek and English
Contains the text of the Compline, Canon, and Akathist Hymn. The hymn texts correspond with the
music book above. Set printer to legal-size paper. Requires printing on both sides of paper, folding,
and stapling.
Click here for a version formatted for the Fifth Friday,
The Canon: "My Mouth Shall I Open Up" from the Akathist service, in English
Text Only. As in the Lamentations below, the English has been written to fit the syllabic pattern of the
Greek versions, so that they can be sung to any traditional musical arrangement.

1st Sunday of Lent - The Sunday of Orthodoxy
Antiphons and Small Entrance Hymn for the Sunday of Orthodoxy
Apolytikion: Tin achrandon ikona sou / Before Your most pure icon     GREEK MIDI     ENG MIDI
Kontakion: Ti ipermaho / Mighty Defender     GREEK MIDI     ENGLISH MIDI
Megalynarion: Epi si cheri / In you rejoices (Sakellarides melody)    GRK MIDI     ENG MIDI
                  Epi si cheri / In you rejoices (Plagal 4 melody from Anthimos)     MIDI

2nd to 5th Sundays of Lent
2nd Sunday Apolytikion: Gregory Palamas - Orthodoxia o fostir / The illuminating light
3rd Sunday: Antiphon for the Veneration of the Holy Cross
3rd Sunday: The Veneration of the Holy Cross (see September 14 in the Menaion section)
4th Sunday Apolytikion: John of the Ladder - Tes ton dakryon / Your abundant tears
5th Sunday Apolytikion: Mary of Egypt - En si, Miter, acrivos / In you, O Mother

Saturday of Lazarus
Apolytikion: Tin kinin anastasin / You have raised Lazarus     GREEK MIDI     ENGLISH MIDI
Kontakion: I pandon chara / Christ, the Joy of All     GREEK MIDI     ENGLISH MIDI
Trisagion Substitution: Osi is Christon / As many of you
Megalynarion: Tin ayin en dhoxos / With All Peoples     GREEK MIDI     ENGLISH MIDI
Communion: Ek stomatos nipion / Out of the Mouths of Babes    MIDI

Palm Sunday
Antiphons and Small Entrance Hymn for Palm Sunday
Apolytikion: Tin kinin anastasin / You have  raised Lazarus     GREEK MIDI     ENGLISH MIDI
Apolytikion: Sindafendes si / As by baptism we are buried     GREEK MIDI     ENGLISH MIDI
Kontakion:To thronos en ouranou / Seated in heaven on a throne     GRK MIDI     ENG MIDI
Megalynarion: Theos Kyrios ke epifanen imin / The Lord is God     GRK MIDI     ENG MIDI
Communion: Evloyimenos o erhomenos / Blessed is He     MIDI
(Click here for a harmonized version)


HOLY WEEK

Orthros Services

Troparion of the Bridegroom Service: Idhou o Nymfios / Behold the Bridegroom
Exapostilarion of the Bridegroom service: Ton nymphona Sou / I see Your bridal chamber

Troparion of Kassiane in English, by Nancy Takis, Plagal Fourth Tone      MIDI
   Simplified Short version of the Troparion of Kassiane in English
Troparion of Kassiane in Greek, by John Sakellarides, Plagal Fourth Tone
Mantzaros/Roubanis 4-part arrangement of the Troparion of Kassiane in English

Thursday Divine Liturgy Cherubic Hymn - Tou Dhipnou Sou / Recieve Me Today
Thursday Divine Liturgy Communion Hymn - Tou Dhipnou Sou / Recieve Me Today

15th Antipohn of Holy Friday Orthros: Simeron Kremate, Sakellarides version (Greek)
 English version by Nancy Takis, Today is hung      MIDI

The Canon of Holy Saturday Orthros (Friday evening) in Modern English - (Kimati thalassis)
In Plagal Second Tone, melodies from the Anastassiou hymnal. This work is consider to be in
progress. A later edition will come out with the translation even more closely metered to the Greek
text. However, this is very close and can be used for the time being.

THE LAMENTATIONS FOR HOLY SATURDAY ORTHROS (Friday Evening)
Lamentations (Engomia) Pew Booklets     (click HERE for version in Renaissance English)
In side-by-side Greek-Phonetics-English, suitable for pews. Texts only--both languages fit any
musical setting. Requires printing on both sides of paper, folding, and stapling.
Lamentations Texts, letter-sized     (click HERE for version in Renaissance English)
Same as above, but formatted for regular paper not in blooklet form.
Lamentations Music Book for Choirs or Chanters     (click HERE for Renaissance English)
All verses individually set in staff notation. Greek and English. Traditional Byzantine melodies.
Lamentations Music Book with Third Stasis Harmonized
Lamentations Music, English Only, Byzantine melodies
Lamentations - Words only with musically-accented syllables highlighted
      (click HERE for version in Renaissance English)
Greek, phonetics, and English side-by-side. Use this if your group has memorized the music.
Another booklet with extra lamentations and Psalm 118 verses interpolated, English

Great Doxology in the Plagal Second Tone, Sticheraric, for Friday evening, Greek

Holy Saturday Divine Liturgy

Kyrie ekekraxa, First Tone     MIDI     O Lord, I have cried out, First Tone     MIDI
Gospel Response of Holy Saturday, Anasta O Theos/Arise, O Lord     MIDI
Cherubic Hymn: Sighisato pasa sarx vrotia / Let all mortal flesh keep silent  
  
GREEK MIDI          ENGLISH MIDI
Communion Hymn For Holy Saturday: Exigherthi o ipnon / The Lord was Awakened     MIDI
Post Communion Hymn for Holy Saturday: Mnisthiti efspaghne / Remember us
  GREEK MIDI          ENGLISH MIDI


THE PENTECOSTARION
(MOVABLE FEASTS OF THE FIFTY DAYS OF PASCHA)

Holy Pascha (Easter)
Orthros: The Paschal Katavasiai (from the Canon) in English-It is the Day of Resurrection
Dhefte Lavete Fos / Come, Receive the Light     MIDI
Tin Anastasin Sou / At Your Resurrection     MIDI
Troparion: Christos anesti / Christ is risen      MIDI
  (Click here for a 4-part harmony version)    MIDI
  Russian-style 4-part SATB version in Greek and English
Hypakoe: Prolavouse ton Orthron / They who were with Mary    
Small Entrance: En ekklisias / Bless God in the churches
Kontakion: I ke en tafo / Into the grave     GREEK MIDI    ENGLISH MIDI
Trisagion Substitution: Osi is Christon / As many of you
Megalynarion: O angelos evoa / The angel cried to her     MIDI
Communion: Soma Christou / Receive ye the Body of Christ     MIDI
Communion: Soma Christou / Receive ye the Body of Christ, Harmonized     MIDI
  4-Part version by N. Roubanis w/ English verse by N. Takis     MIDI

Sunday of St. Thomas
Apolytikion: Esfrayismenou tou mnimatos / After the tomb had been sealed up
  GREEK MIDI          ENGLISH MIDI
Megalynarion: Se tin fainin lambada / You are  the shining torch lamp
  GREEK MIDI          ENGLISH MIDI
Communion: Ipeni Ierusalim / Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem     MIDI

Third  Sunday of the Paschal Season
Apolitikion of Joseph of Arimathea: O efschimon Iosif / The Noble Joseph
Apolitikion of the Myrrh-bearing women: Tes miroforis ghinexi / To the myrrh-bearing women        
    
ZIPPED MIDIS OF ALL 4 HYMNS

Fourth  to Sixth Sundays of the Paschal Season
Megalynarion: O angelos evoa / The angel cried to her for the 4th Sunday of Pascha
  GREEK MIDI         ENGLISH MIDI
Megalynarion: O angelos evoa / The angel cried to her for the 5th Sunday of Pascha
  GREEK MIDI        ENGLISH MIDI
Apolytikion of Mid-Pentecost: Mesousis tis Eortis / At the Mid-point of the Feast
 GREEK MIDI       ENGLISH MIDI
Apolytikion of the Hierarchs of Constantinople: Vyzandiou pimenes / Shepherds of Byzantium

Ascension Thursday
Antiphons and Small Entrance Hymn for the Ascension
Apolytikion: Anelifthis en dhoxi / You have ascended in glory     GREEK MIDI     ENGLISH MIDI
Kontakion: Tin iper imon plirosas / When You completed
Megalynarion; Se tin iper noun / Beyond all consciousness
Communion: Anevi o Theos / God has gone up

Seventh Sunday of the Paschal Season
(See above for Ascension 2nd Antiphon, Apolytikion, and Kontakion)
Apolytikion of the Fathers of the 1st Council: Iperdhedhoxasmenos / You are glorified above all

Pentecost Sunday
Apolytikion of the Saturday of the Souls: O Vathi Sofias / From the Depths of Your Wisdom
Antiphons and Small Entrance Hymn for Pentecost    
Apolytkion: Evloyitos i Christe / Blessed are you, O Christ    GREEK MIDI     ENGLISH MIDI
Kontakion: Ote Katavas tas ghlossas / When the most high God        MIDI
Trisagion Substitution: Osi is Christon / As many of you
Megalynarion: Mi tis fthoras / Mother that has known no man    GREEK MIDI     ENGLISH MIDI
Communion: To pnevma sou to aghathon / Your good Spirit     MIDI
Prokeimenon of Pentecost (The Great Prokeimenon)

Monday of the Holy Spirit
Megalynarion: Charis Anassa / May you rejoice, O Queen

Sunday of All-Saints
Troparion: Ton en olo to cosmo / Your Church, O Christ God    GREEK MIDI     ENGLISH MIDI
Kontakion: Os aparchos tis fiseos / To You, the Planter      GREEK MIDI     ENGLISH MIDI
Communion: Aghalliasthe thikei Kyrio / Be glad in the Lord          MIDI


COMMON SERVICES

Music for the Sacraments of Baptism and Chrismation in English (Troparion also in Greek)
Booklet with the text of the Baptism and Chrismation Service
(Print with no scaling on both sides of paper.)

The Memorial Service (Mnimosino)

Trisagion Service for the Dead, in Greek and English

Theotokion from the Funeral Service, in English, arr. S. Takis

Wedding Service with music in side-by-side Greek and English
Everything you need to serve as chanter or choir in a marriage service.

The Artoklasia Service (Breaking of the Loaves)

The Small Paraklesis (see August 1 to 14 in the Menaion section above)

Kyrie ton dynameon / Lord of the powers from the Great Compline, Plagal Fourth Tone


CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR CAROLS

The Christmas Kalanda - in Greek and English     (Click here for SATB concert version)
New Year Kalanda (St. Basil's Carol) - in Greek and English
Christougenna - in Greek and English
Byzantine Kalanda - in Greek
Macedonian Kalanda - in Greek
Christmas Tree Carol - in Greek
Fota Kalanda - in Greek
Trigona Kalanda (Jingle Bells) -in Greek
Kolyada (Russian Carol) - in English
Two Romanian Carols - in English

OTHER HYMNS

Communion hymn for the consecration of a Church: Kyrie ighapisa / Lord, I have loved
  (Chant and 4-Part Harmony)

4-Part Hymns (Se Imnumen / With Hymns We Praise Thee and a Sunday
   Communion hymn that combines Greek and English)

Agni Parthene (O Virgin Pure) by St. Nektarios, in Greek and English
CLICK HERE for a version of O Virgine Pure with English verses and Greek refrain

Fimi of Metropolitan Nicholas of Detroit
Fimi of Metropolitan Savas of Pittsburgh
Fimi of Archbishop Demetrios of America
Fimi of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew
Agapiso se Kyrie and Ton Dhespotin, for Hierarchical Liturgies
Kyrie soson tous efsevis, for Hierarchical Liturgies

The Beatitudes, First Tone, in English

Psalm 23, Plagal Fourth Tone, in English
Psalm 135, First Tone, in English

The Lord's Prayer, 4-part, N. Kedrov, adapted by S. Takis, in English
  (Greek Version)          (French Version)


NATIONAL ANTHEMS

United States
Greece (in Greek)
Greece (in English, translated by Rudyard Kipling)
Canada (in English)   
Canada (in French)    


Michigan My Michigan
        ORTHODOX CHURCH HYMNODY RESOURCES AND
             INFORMATIVE ARTICLES FOR DOWNLOADING:

WHAT TO SING ON SUNDAY (TYPIKON)
This is an Excel spreadsheet showing what changeable hymns to sing
in the Divine Liturgy  on each day if it falls on a Sunday. It covers the fixed
feasts of the Menaion and the moveable feasts of  the Triodion and
Pentecostarion. All you have to know is the date and if there is a
moveable feast on that day. If there is a moveable feast, just look it up in
the Triodion or Pentecostarion section and combine it with the date to
determine the the hymns of the day. If there is no moveable feast then
you only have to take note of the hymns for that day. It doesn't replace a
full typikon, but it can be very useful in most cases. For those who do not
have Excel or do not know how to use spreadsheets, you may use the
SUNDAY TYPIKON - PDF VERSION
This can be viewed on Adobe Reader  or it could be printed out on
11x17 paper and would require 11 sheets.

WHAT ORTHODOX CHOIRS SHOULD KNOW
Practical information for members of Orthodox lay choirs about how to
prepare themselves for service to the Church.

WORSHIP SERVICES OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH          
A basic list of the services of the Church with descriptions of the more
important services.

HYMNOLOGY Q & A
A brief article by Nancy Takis answering some basic questions about
Orthodox Hymnology. Very useful information.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE CORRECT IN ORTHODOX CHURCH
MUSIC?
An article by Nancy Takis presented in the Byzantine Echo, the
newsletter of the Mid-Eastern Federation of Greek Orthodox Church
Musicians.

SUGGESTIONS FOR TRANSLATING HYMNS TO ENGLISH
This article gives insight on how we translate Greek hymns into English
for this website. It is an essential guide for anyone who wishes to carry
on this important work.

THE NEED TO RETURN TO TRADITIONAL MUSIC
An article from The Epistle, the newsletter of Assumption Greek
Orthodox Church in St. Clair Shores, written by Father Anthony Cook,
associate priest, on the occasion of Church Music Sunday 2007. It
explains the importance of moving away from Western polyphonic
choral music and into the direction of traditional chant.

BYZANTINE MUSIC THEORY FOR WESTERN MUSICIANS
A 7-page essay by Stan Takis giving rudimentary information about
Byzantine music. This is intended for people who know something
about music theory.

ENGLISH TEXT AND BYZANTINE CHANT: SOME PROBLEMS AND
ISSUES
Nancy Takis' presentation at the Axion Estin Conference on Byzantine
Chant, New Rochelle, NY, January 21, 2006

BYZANTINE MUSIC FOR AN ORTHODOX AMERICA
A short article published in 1994 by The Burning Bush, news-letter of
the Holy Dormition Monastery in Rives Junction, MI.

ON CHANT AND POLYPHONY
A brief article on the roles of chant and polyphony in the liturgical
services of the Orthodox Church by Stan Takis.

MUSIC AND ORTHODOXY
By Father Michael Varlamos. A priest's perspective, explaining why he
feels simple chant should replace complex, polyphonic music in the
Greek Orthodox churches of America.

THE ORTHROS BOOK OF NICHOLAS ROUBANIS
This 300-page, handwritten manuscript has been out of print for years.
We offer it here as an aid to chanters and their training. It contains all of
the music for the Sunday Resurrectional Orthros service in Western
staff notation,    in Greek with English phonetics.

HOLY WEEK BOOK OF J. SAKELLARIDES
This 386-page book is out of print and copies are very rare. It contains
all of the music for Holy Week  in Greek and Western staff notation.

READING PSALMODIA
The late David Melling's booklet on Byzantine music theory and reading
Byzantine notation. Provided as a service to those who are having
difficulty finding the original website.

A GUIDE TO THE MUSIC OF THE EASTERN ORTHODOX CHURCH
This is a Romanian textbook translated and edited by Fr. Nicholas
Apostola. It teaches Byzantine music and notation through comparative
examples in Western staff notation.

THE MNEMONIC VERSES - A QUICK AND EASY GUIDE TO THE
BYZANTINE TONES
By Jessica Suchy- Pilalis. A four-page primer on the music theory of the
Byzantine Octoechos taught through the medium of some short and
clever mnemonic melodies. This is a very easy way to be introduced to
the Tones and their modes.

ABOUT VESPERS
An educational look at the order and music of the Orthodox Vespers
service. For a look at the entire Vespers service of July 22, 2007, as
celebrated at the Mid-Eastern Federation of Greek Orthodox Church
Musicians convention,
here for the booklet that was used by the
congregation.
To read the service booklet and listen to MP3 files of the Vespers
service of the 2008 convention, click
here.

TONE VS. MODE
A discussion of the translation of echos and Octoechos.

BYZANTINE OCTOECHOS CHART
A one-page chart that explains the most common characteristics of the
eight Byzantine tones for those who were trained in Western music and
want to recognize or understand the Byzantine theore of music.

BYZANTINE THEATER AND RITUAL
A well-researched and documented doctoral thesis written by Andrew
Walker White which contains a considerable amount of information and
history concerning the music of the Orthodox Church. Well worth
reading!

MEGA THEORETIKON BY CHRYSTANTHOS
We used to have this volume online, but it has recently been updated by
the author, Dr. Katy Romanou, and published by the Axion Estin
Foundation. The link above is to their contact page. If you would like a
copy of the book, please write a request to them. This book is an
English translation of the seminal work of one of the Three Teachers
which explains Byzantine musical theory as it is applied in the modern
era. (Since 1832.) It also has a wonderful history of Chrysanthos and
the Byzantine music of his era and before.

THE HYMNOLOGICAL CONTEXT OF HOLY COMMUNION
This interesting article by Gerasimos Koutsouras was taken from
PHRONEMA, Vol. 21, 2006, the official annual review of St. Andrew's
Theological Seminary, Sidney, Australia. Opinions are those of the
author. It contains a very useful chart of the text of all the Communion
hymns with their days and sources.

VIDEO EXPLAINING BASICS OF BYZANTINE MUSIC
Stan Takis' presentation for the 2005 National Forum Summer Church
Music Institute in Brookline, Massachusetts.


        
NOTES AND IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Most music on this website is chant. Chant follows the rhythm of the
text, and thus there are frequent meter changes. For more information
read: METERING CHURCH MUSIC

SPECIAL NOTE TO THOSE WHO DOWNLOAD MUSIC FROM THIS
WEBSITE:

I am constantly adding, updating, and correcting music files. SInce I am
responsible for entering the music in a computer to create these files,
and for maintaining this website, I occasionally make typographic and
formulaic errors. We prefer that the latest versions with corrections
should be used by Church chanters and choirs, so if you have
downloaded music in the past, and something does not seem right,
please check for updated versions and replace the old ones.
Thank you.
                                   --STAN TAKIS, takistan@yahoo.com

MESSAGE BOARD:

      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/greekorthodoxmusic

TO DOWNLOAD MUSIC:

Click on the title of the hymn using the RIGHT mouse button and select
the option:  Save Target as...  Click on the hymn with the left mouse
button if you want to see it displayed in Adobe Reader, from which you
can print or save it.. Zipped files will have to be downloaded and
unzipped before they can be read or printed out . Sometimes the online
display is a little fuzzy and does not depict the actual high quality of
resolution when printed on paper.

USE POLICY:

Visitors to this website are hereby given permission to download our
copyrighted music and reproduce as many copies as they need, as
long as they do not alter the English texts and their melodic lines.
Furthermore, permission is given to make arrangements of this music
as long as the English texts and their melodic lines remain intact, and
that "N. Takis" is accredited for the English setting, and the copyright
information for Nancy Chalker Takis is given on the first page of the
arrangement alongside any other copyrights on the arrangement. If you
wish to suggest changes or corrections in the text or melodic lines,
please contact us at takistan@yahoo.com and we will respond. If you
wish to donate to the perpetuation of this website, you can contribute at
the address below on this page.

Attention Users of Apple Computers:

The Mac OS X Preview program will not read some PDF files made by
Windows machines. If your downloads don't read correctly, get the
Adobe Reader for Macintosh. You can download it at adobe.com.

PRINTING FROM ADOBE READER - SPECIAL NOTE:

When you print a hard copy from Adobe Reader, please be sure that the
"Page Scaling" setting is "None." If not, your document may be reduced
in size and the margins widened. It should not be necessary to shrink
these files.

FOR THOSE OUTSIDE OF NORTH AMERICA - INTERNATIONAL
PAPER SIZES:

The documents on this websited are formatted for standard American
paper sizes, that is, 8.5 x 11 inches (letter-size) and 8.5 x 14 inches
(legal-size). If you are printing a document letter-sized paper (most
hymns), use the international A4 printer setting. For legal-sized
documents, (most booklets) use B4.
NOTE: Using A4 and B4  will
cause a wider margin at the top and bottom of the pages.


                        
ABOUT NEW BYZANTINE CHANT

Chant is a form of purely vocal music that serves a written text. The
words are intoned using a limited scale, and melodic formulas are
used to emphasize certain words and syllables. In chant, the music is
shaped by the text, as opposed to song, in which the music takes a
fixed melody and has equal or greater artistic importance than the text.

The purest form of chant is monophonic, that is, there is a single
melodic line. Byzantine chant is often duophonic, having a melodic line
accompanied by a lower droned note which enforces the base tonality
of the mode. A melodic line could be harmonized with chords and still
be considered chant, provided that the text remains dominant and the
harmonies are homophonic and do not distract from the flow of the
words. This would preclude the use of contrapuntal polyphony and
complicated chord structures.

There is a certain style (or
iphos) associated with Byzantine chant. This
style has a unique vocal character and includes much ornamentation
and precise microtunings of scales. The iphos is generally employed by
chanters trained in the art of Byzantine music.

The music of this web page is aimed primarily for the use of lay choirs
and congregations. We call it "New Byzantine Chant" because, while it
is based upon Byzantine music theory,  it can be chanted in a Western
vocal style in English by lay choirs and congregations using the modern
even-tempered scale. Congregational chanting is becoming a more
important part of Greek Orthodox worship, and represents a return to an
ancient Christian practice.


                                           
ABOUT US

New Byzantium Publications provides music for use in Orthodox
Christian churches, primarily churches that use both Greek and English
in their services. The main goal is to offer ecclesiastical music in
English put in common staff notation that is accurately translated,
poetic, close to the rules of Byzantine Chant, and can alternate easily
with the traditional Greek versions.

The music in English available on this site is written primarily by Nancy
Chalker Takis, a hierarchically-blessed chanter of the Greek Orthodox
Archdiocese of America and holder of the Patriarch Athenagoras medal
for notable service to her metropolis. She has been given approval to
translate Church hymns from three consecutive hierarchs of the
Metropolis (formerly Diocese) of Detroit. She currently chants regularly
in the parishes of Assumption Church in Flint, Michigan and
Annunciation Church in Muskegon, Michigan, and other parishes when
called upon. Greek versions of these hymns are provided as a service
for choirs which alternate Greek and English texts and are from various  
sources, some traditional, some original, and also some from
composers of the past.

The music here has melodic lines and ison parts written out. It follows
the melodic rules and formulas of Byzantine chant, but does not include
all of the traditional ornaments. It can be used by chanters, choirs, and
congregations. Some of the music is from the hymnal of John
Sakellarides, whose melodies remain popular in America today. A few
pieces are in 3 or 4-part SAB/SATB choir arrangements. The English
text has been treated in a way that respects the placement of the
accented syllables of the language, as one finds in traditional Greek
church music. There is no awkward English in these arrangements.

Stan Takis, the owner and operator of this website and who is
responsible for the typesetting of the music, has also set several hymns
to English on this site, under the tutelage of his wife Nancy Takis. He is
a life-long educator and an experienced choir director both in Greek
Orthodox churches and in the public schools. He is currently the
Minister of Music and choir director at Assumption Greek Orthodox
Church in St. Clair Shores, Michigan. He also holds the Athenagoras
medal for service to his metropolis.

All files are in .pdf format. You must have Adobe Reader to read or print
them. (This is a free download on the Internet. If you don't have it, go to
Adobe.com and select downloads.)

Call us or send e-mail any time you like. You can also send comments
and donations to the following address:

Stan and Nancy Takis
1900 Burkley Rd.
Williamston, MI 48895-9755

Phone: (517) 980-3830

E-mail: takistan@yahoo.com
                                THE PURPOSE OF THIS WEBSITE
The hymnody of the Greek Orthodox Church has been handed down through the ages in a complete form,
consisting of thousands of texts that include Psalms, prayers, praises, poems, sermons, and histories. The
language of these texts in their original Greek, is of a very high literary quality containing much poetic description,
imagery, and  power. These carefully constructed texts are accompanied by a specifically-formulated musical
system for their oral expression by appointed chanters and choirs of the Church who lead the congregation in
hymn singing and responses. Today, these chanters and choirs  include both the formally trained and ordained,
and musical volunteers from the laity who may be untrained in the rubrics of Orthodox hymnody. For these
chanters and choirs with lesser training,  this website offers resources, educational essays, and all of the hymns
in the Sunday Divine Liturgy and other common hymns and services. The hymns are in Greek and English. There
are many English translations elsewhere, but many fail to transmit the poetry and power of their Greek
counterparts, nor are many  metered properly to the model melodies of the Church, which makes it impossible to
chant them in the prescribed manner. The English versions on this website try to correct these problems and
make the English as understandable, poetic, and easy to convey as possible.
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Unless otherwise noted all music is offered in both Greek and modern English. In books and
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and the English on the second page. Scroll down to the second page to see the English version.

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