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.