St. John Damascene
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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First Mode
Second Mode
Third Mode
Fourth Mode
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Plagal Fourth Mode

 I Shall Go Into Thy House

 Anoixantaria (end of Psalm 103)
     by Phokaeus (standard version)
     by Raidestenos (elaborate version)

     by St. John Koukouzeles (very long)

 Elaborate Finale for Anoixantaria

     Ancient melody

 Blessed is the Man (Psalms 1-3)

     by Manuel the Protopsaltis (long)

     by Hieromonk Gregory (brief)

 Lord I Have Cried (very long versions)

     First Mode, by Iakovos the Protopsaltis

     Plagal Second Mode, by Iakovos

 Verses (Psalms 140, 141, and 129)

     First Mode (triple meter)

     Plagal Second Mode (triple meter)

 O Joyous Light

     by John Sakellarides

     Ancient Melody (abbreviated)


     for Weekdays

     for Lent

     for Bright Week and Feast Days

 Rich Men Have Turned Poor

     Heirmologic (brief) versions

     Sticheraric (long) versions

 O Theotokos and Virgin

     Eight-Mode Version, by Georgiadis

     Plagal First Mode, Ancient Melody

     Plagal First Mode, by Hierotheos

 Responses (Lord Have Mercy)

     for Great Litany, Plagal Fourth Mode

     for Great Litany, Plagal First Mode

     for the Liti, Plagal First Mode, Athonite

     "Pathetic" First Mode, by Pringos

 Responses (Grant this, O Lord)

     Plagal Fourth Mode

     Plagal First Mode

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The size of Finale files varies between 70 and 110 Kb, whereas the PDF files vary between 130 and 1000 Kb. Therefore, if your internet connection is slow, it is advisable to browse through the music by clicking the "Hear" links instead of the "View" links. The translation used for the hymns of Vespers 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. While the music is copyright St. Anthony’s Monastery, the texts are copyright Holy Transfiguration Monastery, and may not be further distributed or used in sound or print publications or otherwise without the prior written permission of Holy Transfiguration Monastery.



Prologue by Gregorios Stathis

Concerning Adaptation

Byzantine vs. Western Notation

Concerning Notation

About the Translation

The History of Byzantine Chant

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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