Sunday Matins - Liturgical Music
This page is to assist in preparation for chanting Sunday Matins within the tradition of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America. The standard music for the Antiochian Archdiocese is known as the Kazan Project (available for purchase from the Archdiocese Bookstore). We will also reference music from the following sites:
- St. Anthony's Monastery (Florence, AZ) Divine Music Project (http://www.stanthonysmonastery.org/music/Orthros.htm)
- Fr. Seraphim Dedes (Music Director at St. Nektarios Greek Orthodox Church in Charlotte, NC) - http://www.agesinitiatives.com/dcs/public/dcs/dcs.html
- Byzantine Choir of St. George Cathedral (Pittsburgh, PA) - http://www.byzantinechant.org/hymns.html
- Antiochian Archdiocese Department of Sacred Music Library - http://www.antiochian.org/music/library
God is the Lord
God is the Lord is sung in the tone of the first Troparia that is chanted immediately following for the saint or feast of the day.
Apolytikion (Dismissal Hymn)
The next Troparion (Hymn) that is sung is called the Apolytkion or Dismissal Hymn, as it is the final hymn chanted at Vespers. On a typical Sunday, the first troparion sung would be for the Resurrection in the Tone of the Week. If the saint of the day has Doxasticon that is sung at Vespers at Lord I Cried and at the Aposticha of Vespers, then the saint's Apolytikion would be sung second. The Theotokion (Hymn to the Theotokos) is chanted last in the tone of the previous troparion. "Glory..." and "Both now..." are chanted in between the hymns (together for two hymns, and separated for 3 hymns).