‘You Who clothed Yourself with light as a garment’ – Great Friday Vespers

‘You Who clothed Yourself with light as a garment’ – Great Friday Vespers

‘You Who clothed Yourself with light as a garment’. Hymn at the taking down from the Cross, Great Friday Vespers. Sung in plagial tone 1 by Elder Iakovos, the Protopsaltis of the Protato, the main church in Karyes, the capital of the Holy Mountain. Source: pemptousia.com     ABOUT THE...

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“In tears, the harlot…” – Hymns of Holy Wednesday

“In tears, the harlot…” – Hymns of Holy Wednesday

Archimandrite Pavlos chants hymns of Holy Wednesday. Source: pemptousia.com     ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK  The Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is an official agency of the Assembly of Canonical Bishops of the United States of America originally commissioned by SCOBA to create a national, sustainable, and effective media witness...

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‘My soul, my soul’, Kontakion in the Great Canon (Gr. Daravanoglou)

‘My soul, my soul’, Kontakion in the Great Canon (Gr. Daravanoglou)

With the vocal resonance which is his hallmark, Archon Maestro of the Great Church of Christ, Grigorios Daravanoglou sings ‘My soul, my soul’ the famous kontakion of Great Lent and the Great Canon. It is one of the most moving troparia of the time of Great Lent, a period of...

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The katavasies for ‘I will open my mouth’ – Iordanis Koutsimanis

The katavasies for ‘I will open my mouth’ – Iordanis Koutsimanis

As a living continuum of tradition, Byzantine music occupies an important position in the musical past of Veria. Today, gifted singers continue this musical tradition, which is perfectly attuned to the architectural and iconographic decoration of the Byzantine churches of the town. Iordanis Koutsimanis, the Protopsaltis of the church of...

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The Style and Ethos of Athonite Singing

The Style and Ethos of Athonite Singing

By Fr. Iakovos the Athonite Once, when I was talking to an Elder who’d been on the Holy Mountain for many years (more than twice the number I had), he mentioned the following in the course of conversation: ‘the late Father E… would always sing this doxastiko [a special hymn,...

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Chanting in Mount Athos

Chanting in Mount Athos

Elder Thomas Mikrayannanitis talks about his first monastic steps and about the Athonite Psaltic Tradition (part 2): “There in the skete, where we sang in various kellia, Elder Iosif didn’t know musical technique as well as Papa-Chrysostomos or Panteleïimon Kartsonas. The late Panteleïmon was the Elder of the Daniilaii. He...

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Supplications to the Theotokos on Mt. Athos

Supplications to the Theotokos on Mt. Athos

Beginning on August 1, the Orthodox Church enters a special fasting period, known popularly as the fifteen days. Leading up to the great feast day of the Dormition (or Falling Asleep) of the Most Holy Theotokos on August 15, Orthodox Christians fast for 15 days and dedicate themselves to a...

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