St. Nectarius
Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom
St. Basil's Divine Liturgy
Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts
St. James' Liturgy
Menaion (Feast Days)
Triodion and Pentecostarion


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This section will contain music for every day of the year in the Menaion. It will not have any troparia that have been translated to meter. It will, however, have music for the Apolytikion of every day, even if it is metered. Thus, this section will have music for every day of the year for some or all of the following, depending on the day:

1) The Glory (i.e., the "Doxasticon") and Theotokion before O Joyous Light in Vespers

2) All the troparia for the Entreaty (i.e., the "Liti")

3) The Glory and Theotokion and of the Aposticha in Vespers

4) The Dismissal Hymn (i.e., the "Apolytikion")

5) The Idiomelon of Orthros (after the Matinal Gospel)

6) The Kontakion (only if it is on a major feast day or not metered)

7) The Glory and Theotokion of the Praises

8) The Glory and Theotokion of the Aposticha of Orthros

9) The sticheraric (i.e., slow) Idiomela in Vespers or Orthros

The translation used for these Menaion hymns is copyrighted by the Holy Transfiguration Monastery in Brookline and is used with their permission. We chose their translation because many people throughout the world hold their liturgical translations in high regard due to their precision, meter, and elegance.

The only troparia in the Menaion translated to meter that we did set to music are the Dismissal Hymns and some Kontakia. We did not set to music all the other metered troparia, since they can easily be chanted without music once their special melodies have been learned. Aids for learning these special melodies are available at (8.8 Mb) and  The only chanted part of the Menaion that has not been translated to meter that is not included here is the canons.

We have included the music for the Kontakion of all major saints, even though according to some rubrics it is never chanted. We have explained our reason for doing so in a Brief Article about Kontakia Rubrics that also has a chart that indicates what the final Kontakion is after the Small Entrance for every day of the year.

The music we have composed for the Menaion is in the melodic style of the 1857 patriarchal publication Mousike Kypsele. We have explained our reason for doing so in a Brief Article about Melodic Style that also demonstrates how this was accomplished.



Prologue by Gregorios Stathis

Concerning Adaptation

Concerning Notation

About the Translation

The History of Byzantine Chant

Byzantine vs. Western Notation

Writing Byzantine Music

Epilogue by
  Photios Kontoglou

The Intervals of the Soft Chromatic Modal Genre

The Intonations of the Eight Modes



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