‘What a strange wonder’. Short setting (Choir of Vatopaidi)

‘What a strange wonder’. Short setting (Choir of Vatopaidi)

Listen Now.  The choir of the Fathers of Vatopaidi sings the short setting of ‘What a strange wonder’ at the vigil for the feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God. Source: pemptousia.com     ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK The Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is an official agency of the Assembly...

Read more
Monk Iakovos: “Holy Mountain’s Psaltic Tradition”

Monk Iakovos: “Holy Mountain’s Psaltic Tradition”

Watch Now  Monk Iakovos, Protopsaltis (First Chanter) of the Church of Protato, Karyes, Mt Athos, speaks on Holy Mountain’s Psaltic Tradition. 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...

Read more
Dismissal Hymn for the Athonite Fathers (Deacon Dionysios Firifiris)

Dismissal Hymn for the Athonite Fathers (Deacon Dionysios Firifiris)

The memory of All the Saints who shone on the Holy Mountain is celebrated on the second Sunday of Matthew. The establishment of the common feast began with the composition of the service and encomium by Saint Nikodimos the Athonite. Tone one Let us honor in hymns and songs the...

Read more
‘Your good Spirit’, tone 1

‘Your good Spirit’, tone 1

A choir of chanters under the direction of the Archon Protopsaltis of the Great Church of Christ, Panayiotis Neohoritis, interprets the Communion Hymn for Pentecost ‘Your good Spirit’ in tone 1. The concert took place within the context of an event entitled ‘Petros the Byzantine, Protopsaltis of the Great Church...

Read more
‘The angel cried aloud’, tone 1

‘The angel cried aloud’, tone 1

Elder Ignatios Riganas sings ‘The angel cried aloud’ in tone 1. 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...

Read more
‘The Angel cried aloud’, slow, short melody, tone 1

‘The Angel cried aloud’, slow, short melody, tone 1

Grigorios Daravanoglou sings ‘The Angel cried aloud ‘ in tone 1. 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,...

Read more
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...

Read more
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,...

Read more
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...

Read more
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...

Read more