Prologue by Gregorios Stathis

Byzantine vs. Western Notation

Concerning Adaptation

Recordings on CD

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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St. Anthony's

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

To view (and print) a hymn, click the word "view" next to the hymn you want.
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To hear a computer-generated sound file of a hymn, click the word "hear" next to the hymn you want.

Select the style of English you prefer:
Select the type of Notation you prefer:
 Christ is Risen
Lord Have Mercy
 Apolytikia of the Resurrection
Thrice-holy Hymn
      Cherubic Hymns
    Hierarchal Liturgy
      It is Truly Right
    Heirmoi (Katavasias) of the Ninth Ode
    (chanted instead of “It is Truly Right” on feast days)
    Communion Hymns (days of the week)
Communion Hymns (major feast days)
   Explanatory Note
   September 14, Exaltation of the Cross
   December 25, Nativity
   January 6, Theophany
   March 25, Annunciation
   Lazarus Saturday
   Palm Sunday
   Holy Saturday
   Thomas Sunday   
   Wednesday of Mid-Pentecost
   Monday of the Holy Spirit
   Sunday of All Saints
   August 6, Transfiguration
    Communion Hymns (minor feast days)
    Receive Me Today
    Concluding Hymns

To download all the music for this "Major Feast Days Communion Hymns" subsection, click here (23 pages, 3.2 Mb)

To download all the music for the entire book, click here (678 pages, 117 Mb)


All hymns here in Byzantine notation are only in English. Hymns in Greek were not written out in Byzantine notation for this website since they are already available in published books of Byzantine music.

Clicking a "Hear" link will open a MIDI file, which can be played by your computer's media player. All these MIDI files are very small (less than 10 Kb). Bear in mind that a computer plays these files using an equal-tempered scale, which does not always correspond precisely to the actual pitches of Byzantine scales.

Clicking a "View" link will open a printable PDF file. Most of these files are less than 300 Kb.