The Ministry of Chanting / Singing performed by both men and women is extremely ancient and it is recognized as a path to holiness in the Orthodox Church. In 2005 His Grace, Bishop JOSEPH, now our Metropolitan, wrote a letter of appreciation [ http://www.antiochianladiocese.org/news_090104_16.html ]. Bishop BASIL of Wichita and Mid-America also has a pastoral directive on church singing [ http://www.antiochian.org/node/22680 ]. There are several resources for the history of Sacred Music in the Antiochian Archdiocese is available here [ http://www.antiochian.org/node/25951 ].
At St Nicholas, we follow the normal Antiochian practice of combining the use of the Byzantine tonal system with its model hymns and special methods with set pieces from the Russian tradition such as Carpatho-Rus and Znamenny chant. We primarily use music from the Archdiocese’s Byzantine Music Project supplemented as necessary by compositions published by the Antiochian Department of Sacred Music, Bishop BASIL of Wichita and Mid-America, and St Anthony’s Monastery (GOA). Members of the congregation are encouraged to follow the choir in singing the services.
If you would like to join the choir or have any questions about its ministry, please speak directly with Kh. Marilyn A.
The most important Vespers and Matins hymns including all the Resurrection Troparia with Theotokia are made available by St John the Evangelist Orthodox Church as MP3 recordings here [ http://www.stjohnorinda.org/content.php?section=Media ]. Another archive of sheet music is Orthodox Two Part Music sponsored by St Tikhon’s Monastery (OCA), [ http://orthodoxtwopartmusic.org ].
Choir members and all those interested in the ministry of church singing and chant may consider familiarizing themselves with some of the saints who contributed to our musical and hymnological tradition.
Orthros / Matins
- Litany Responses, “Lord Have Mercy“
- First Antiphon
- Second Antiphon
- Includes Troparion of the Second Antiphon (Hymn of St. Justinian)
- Troparion of the Resurrection:
- Entrance Hymn
- Troparion of the Patron Saint or Titular Feast of the Church – St. Nicholas of Myra
- Kontakion (variable)
- Trisagion Hymn, “Holy God…”
- Cherubic Hymn [ Listen ]
- Great Entrance
- Triumphal Hymn of the Angels
- We Praise Thee
- Megalynarion (The Theotokion)
- Communion Hymn (Variable)
- We Have Seen The True Light
- Thanksgiving after Holy Communion
- Blessed Be Name of Lord
- Memorial Service, Byzantine Chant