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Liturgical Choir

“In Orthodoxy, which is identical with the ancient Apostolic Church, everything is humble because everything comes from the Gospels, which are humility itself. Everything is simple, unaffected and solemn, as are the Gospels. All the music of our Church is contrition-evoking, not theatrical. Our religion says, Chant with understanding, that is, with wisdom and devoutness.”
Photios Kontoglou (+1965)


Liturgical music is not just for the choir. We encourage everyone to participate, by singing, reading the Epistles, or chanting. Please contact us with any questions you may have about the music at St Nicholas Orthodox Church.

For more in-depth answers about music, its role in the Liturgical Life of Christ’s Holy Church, or the History of Music go to

Online Resources:

St Romanos the Melodist
St Romanos the Melodist
  • Sheet music, Most Used @ St Nicholas
  • Sacred Music Library, Full Searchable Music Library @ Antiochian Archdiocese
  • Online Liturgical Guide,  Weekly word-for-word texts for the divine services, along with embedded hyperlinks to corresponding sheet music. Includes a liturgical calendar, daily readings, listings of saints, fasting guidelines, and the popular spiritual “Thought for the Day” from the Church Fathers and our own Metropolitan JOSEPH.
  • More info available @ Antiochian Department of Sacred Music

Liturgical Music

Note: We are working to get all music currently in use onto this page. Some music here are alternates or are “almost what we sing…” noted with *asterisk. Vespers Service Structure (Link) | Service Structure (PDF) Come Let Us Worship Great Litany (Ektenia) Responses, “Lord Have Mercy“ Psalm 140, “Lord I have cried…” Byzantine Tone 1-8, audio …

References for Celebrating Services

This list is offered as an aid to understanding the books and other resources needed to put together an Eastern Orthodox Christian Service with the appropriate hymns and prayers. It is not intended as a replacement for teaching at the hand of a skillful Priest or Chanter, nor could it ever serve as such. 1. …