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There are already many good English liturgical translations available on the web, but they cannot be used universally by the Church because each local Church translates according to her own needs. By this I mean that United Kingdom English is often very different from American English, and hymns translated by the Russian Church to be sung with a Russian chant cannot be sung with the Greek  Church's Byzantine melodies. Again there are those who prefer a modern language, others who prefer the older traditional language of the Authorized King James Bible and the Anglican Church's Common prayer book,  and others who prefer somewhere in-between. My translations are somewhere in-between, but leaning more to the 'older traditional'. Psalms and Readings from the Old and New Testaments  are according to the Authorized King James Version. In the case of single verses from the Old Testament which vary considerably from the Septuagint Version, I have made my own translations. Numbering of the Psalms is from the Septuagint, but in most places I have also noted the King James numbering in brackets Most of the hymns can be sung with the Byzantine melodies according to their Greek equivalent.

{See note on translations in the Hymns section of the Index}

 

The Typicon [Rubrics] used is that used by the Church of Cyprus.

 

 

Note: Various Colours are used for easy use. The coding is as follows: 

 

RED IN CAPITAL LETTERS are used to specify who says what e.g. PRIEST, DEACON, CHOIR, READER.

 

Red in lower case are used for giving directions on what to do or other information that might be useful to the Priest or Deacon or where options are given e.g. city [monastery], or our Archbishop [Name] etc. 

 

The words in the services that are spoken or sung are in black print beginning with the first letter in large Blue or large Green.

 

Those said by the Priest or the Deacon begin with Blue.

 

Those said by the choir or the reader begin with Green.

 

If a Priest shall minister without a Deacon he shall not say on his account the words appointed to the Deacon which are in grey print neither those words appointed to the Priest that are in grey print but begin with a Blue letter.

 

Prayers said by the Priest in a low voice are in italics.

 

Note on the word Trisagion

The word Trisagion means thrice holy. In the Divine Liturgy the choir sing the Thriceholy Hymn before the reading of the Apostle and is there named Thriceholy. Elsewhere when the Trisagion is recited it means the prayers starting with the Trisagion and ending with the Lordís Prayer as written below.

 

O Holy God, Holy and Strong, Holy and Immortal, have mercy upon us. (3)

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and for ever, world without end. Amen.

Most Holy Trinity, have mercy upon us; O Lord, cleanse us from our sins; O Master, pardon our transgressions; O Holy One, visit and heal our infirmities, for Thy Nameís sake.

Kyrie eleison or Lord have mercy. [3]

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and for ever: world without end. Amen.

Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

 

 

The Services are in four groups:

The Hieratikon: [The Priest's Service Book.] This is the book used by the Priest for the Divine Liturgy, Vespers, Mattins and other daily services. This includes what the Choir must say, but does not include the full text.

The Choir's Handbook: This is the Choir's equivalent to the Hieratikon. It includes what the Priest must say, but does not include the full text.

 The People's Handbook: Services in this section  include the full text for both the Priest and the Choir and therefore more suitable for the laity to follow. Most are also juxtaposed with Greek/English text.

The Euchologion: The Sacraments of Baptism, Marriage, and other services.

Under the Hymns section are Apolytikia [Dismissal] hymns, Kontakia, Hymns from the Divine Liturgy, Mattins, Vespers and other, written with the Byzantine musical notations. Most can be sung to the melodies of their Greek equivalent. Turn on your sound system and hear the melodies playing in the background or download the MP3 audio files and listen to how the hymns are sung.

 

Click on the page name to go to the service.  

 

To Download the services in Microsoft Word Doc. Format

go to the downloads page

 

 

NEW:

SERVICES IN GREEK JUXTAPOSED WITH AN ENGLISH PHONETIC TRANSLITERATION

 

A Note on the Phonetic Transliteration - How to pronounce the Greek Alphabet

The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom (Hieratikon and Choir)

Greek Polytone / English Phonetics

Great Vespers (Hieratikon)

Greek Polytone / English Phonetics

Mattins (Hieratikon)

Greek Polytone / English Phonetics

The Service of the Lesser Sanctification of Water ( Μικρός Αγιασμός)

Greek Polytone / English Phonetics

 


THE HIERATIKON

The Ninth Hour

Great Vespers for Saturday Evenings and Feasts

Great Vespers for Saturday Evenings and Feasts Greek / English

Great Vespers at a Vigil

The Breaking of Bread

Memorial service at the end of Vespers

The Dismissals of the Lord's Feasts

Vespers on ordinary days without entrance

Small Vespers

Sunday Vespers in Great Lent

Daily Vespers in Great Lent

Little Compline

The Midnight Office on Sundays

Mattins on Sundays and Feasts

Mattins on Sundays and Feasts Greek / English

Mattins on Weekdays

Daily Mattins in Great Lent

The Ordering of the Holy and Divine Liturgy

The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

The Divine Liturgy of St. Basil

The Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified

Order for the Commemoration of Feasts after the Divine Liturgy

The Memorial Service after the Divine Liturgy

Prayers of Thanksgiving after Holy Communion

The Great Blessing of the Waters

The Great Blessing of the Waters Greek/English

Vespers of Monday of the Holy Spirit (The Kneeling Service)

Vespers of Monday of the Holy Spirit (The Kneeling Service) Greek/ English

Rubrics for the celebration of an Archieratical Liturgy

Sunday of Orthodoxy

Introits sung on Feasts of the Lord

The Great and Holy Sunday of Easter

The Easter Sermon of St. John Chrysostom

Prayer at the Blessing of the Basilopitta (New Year Cake)

Prayer at the Blessing of Palms on Palm Sunday

Prayer at the Blessing of Grapes on 6th August

Prayer at the Blessing of the cake in honour of St. Phanourius

Resurrection Hymns

Troparia and Kontakia of the Great Feasts

Apolytikia for Saints

Kontakia
 

 

THE CHOIR'S HANDBOOK


The Ninth Hour

Great Vespers

Great Vespers at a Vigil

The Breaking of Bread

The Memorial Service at the end of Vespers

Vespers on Ordinary days without entrance

Small Vespers

Sunday Vespers of Great Lent

Daily Vespers of Great Lent

Little Compline

Mattins on Sundays and Feasts

Mattins on Sundays and Feasts Greek / English

Mattins on Weekdays

The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

The Divine Liturgy of St. Basil

The Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified

Rubrics for the celebration of an Archieratical Liturgy

 

 
THE EUCHOLOGION


The Small Supplicatory Canon to the Mother of God

The Great Supplicatory Canon to the Mother of God

The Service of the Lesser Sanctification of Water

The Service of Holy Unction

The Service of Holy Unction Greek / English

Prayer for the Deliverance from the evil eye

Prayers for the Sick

Prayers for a woman in childbed

Prayers at the signing of a child on the Eighth day

Prayers at the churching of a mother and child after Forty days

Prayers for a woman after a Miscarriage (Abortion)

Order before Holy Baptism

Order before Holy Baptism Greek / English

The Service of Holy Baptism

The Service of Holy Baptism Greek / English

The Service for those returning to the Orthodox Church

Libel Document

The Service of Betrothal

The Service of Betrothal  Greek / English

The Service of Marriage

The Service of Marriage  Greek / English

The Service for Second Marriages

The Service for Second Marriages Greek / English

The Service for the Restoration of the Marriage of those who have been Divorced

The Service for the Restoration of the Marriage of those who have been Divorced

Greek / English

The Service of Betrothal and all the Marriage services Greek English

The Service for the Inauguration of Private Establishments

The Service at the making of a Spiritual Father

The Order on the appointing of a Great Economos

The Service for the Sacrament of Holy Confession

The Trisagion for the dead

The Trisagion for the dead Greek/English

The Trisagion for the dead during Bright week

The Trisagion for the dead during Bright week Greek/English

The Funeral Service

The Funeral Service Greek/English

The Funeral Service during Bright Week

The Funeral Service during Bright Week Greek/English

The Funeral Service for Infants and Children

The Funeral Service for Infants and Children Greek/English

The Funeral Service for Infants during Bright Week

The Funeral Service for Infants during Bright Week Greek/English

Table Prayers and Blessings at meals

Canonical Testimonial

 

 

THE PEOPLE'S HANDBOOK


The Ninth Hour and Typika for Laypeople

Great Compline English

Great Compline Greek/English

The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom Greek/English

The Memorial Service at the end of the Divine Liturgy Greek/English

Prayers of Thanksgiving after Communion Greek/English

The Small Supplicatory Canon to the Mother of God Greek/English

The Great Supplicatory Canon to the Mother of God Greek/English

The office of Preparation for Holy Communion

Resurrection Hymns Greek/English

Troparia and Kontakia for the Great Feasts Greek/English

 

SERVICES FOR HOLY WEEK

Holy Monday Mattins (Palm Sunday Evening) English

Holy Monday Mattins (Palm Sunday Evening) Greek/English

Holy Monday Vespers (Holy Monday Morning) English

Holy Monday Vespers (Holy Monday Morning) Greek/English

Holy Tuesday Mattins (Holy Monday Evening) English

Holy Tuesday Mattins (Holy Monday Evening) Greek/English

Holy Tuesday Vespers (Holy Tuesday Morning) English

Holy Tuesday Vespers (Holy Tuesday Morning) Greek/English

Holy Wednesday Mattins (Holy Tuesday Evening) English

Holy Wednesday Mattins (Holy Tuesday Evening) Greek/English

Holy Wednesday Vespers (Holy Wednesday Morning) English

Holy Wednesday Vespers (Holy Wednesday Morning) Greek/English

Holy Thursday Mattins (Holy WednesdayEvening) English

Holy Thursday Mattins (Holy WednesdayEvening) Greek/English

Holy Thursday Vespers (Holy Thursday Morning) English

Holy Thursday Vespers (Holy Thursday Morning) Greek/English

The Service of the Holy Passion (Holy Thursday Evening) English

The Service of the Holy Passion (Holy Thursday Evening) Greek/English

The Royal Hours of Holy Friday English

The Royal Hours of Holy Friday Greek/English

Holy Friday Vespers (Holy Friday Morning) English

Holy Friday Vespers (Holy Friday Morning) Greek/English

The Burial Lamentations (Holy Friday Evening) English

The Burial Lamentations (Holy Friday Evening) Greek/English

Holy and Great Saturday Vespers (Great Saturday morning) English

Holy and Great Saturday Vespers (Great Saturday morning) Greek/English

Holy and Great Sunday of Pascha English

Holy and Great Sunday of Pascha Greek/English

The Ninth of Pascha English

The Ninth of Pascha Greek/English

Holy and Great Sunday of Pascha Vespers English

Holy and Great Sunday of Pascha Vespers Greek/English

 



 

HYMNS


Listen to the hymns on U Tube videos or download the MP3 audio files or download the Word Document with the Byzantine musical notations.

 

NOTE:  The Byzantine musical notations will not display unless your computer has the relevent fonts installed. The fonts needed are:

Ψαλτικά Font - bem13.ttf

ED Fthora - fthora.ttf

ED Psaltica - psaltica.ttf

ED Isson -  isson.ttf

 

If you don't already have these fonts, you can free download them from the Links page.

 

A Note on the Translations

 

 

Resurrection Dismissal Hymn Tone One

Resurrection Dismissal Hymn Tone Two

Resurrection Dismissal Hymn Tone Three

Resurrection Dismissal Hymn Tone Four

Resurrection Dismissal Hymn Tone Five

Resurrection Dismissal Hymn Tone Six

Resurrection Dismissal Hymn Tone Seven

Resurrection Dismissal Hymn Tone Eight

Today is the Foreshadowing (Troparion of the Entry of Mother of God)

Today the Virgin, comes to the cave (Pre-feast of the Nativity of Christ)

Thy Nativity, O Christ, our God (Troparion of the Nativity of Christ)

Today the Virgin, gives birth to Him (Kontakion of the Nativity of Christ)

When Thou, O Lord, wast Baptized (Troparion of the Lord's Baptism)

Hail, O Mother of God (Troparion of the Meeting of our Lord)

Today is the Crown of our salvation (Troparion of the Annunciation)

Reassuring us before thy Passion (Lazarus Saturday and Palm Sunday)

As our Victorious Leader (Kontakion of the Annunciation)

Christ is Risen (Easter Troparion)

The Angel Proclaimed (Easter Theotokion)

Blessed art Thou, O Christ our God (Pentecost)

Thou hast Ascended in Glory (Ascension Troparion)

Thou wast Transfigured (Troparion of the Transfiguration)

In giving birth O Mother of God (Troparion of the Dormition)

As the One Renowned (St. George)

As the First-called of the Apostles (St. Andrew)

The Memory of the Just is Praised (St. John the Baptist)

We are unable who most ardently ( Troparion on Birth of St. John the Baptist)

The Great Glory of Cyprus (St. Barnabas)

The World hath found in Thee (St. Demetrius)

Presented as a Herald to the World (St. Silouan)

On Earth is brightly sung (St. Phanourius)

O Champion and Healer (St. Panteleimon)

O Holy Apostle (Common  for an Apostle)

O Holy Apostle and Evangelist (Common for an Apostle and Evangelist)

Principle of Faith (Common for Hierarchs)

The Memory of Thy Prophet (Common for a Prophet)

The Memory of Thy Righteous Progenitors (Common for Progenitors)

Through their like manner of life (Common for Hieromartyrs)

Thy Martyr O Lord (Common for a Martyr)

Thy Martyrs O Lord (Common for Martyrs)

For the Sufferings of the Saints (Common for Martyrs)

O Holy Wonder-Workers (Common for Selfless Physicians)

A Dweller of the Desert (Common for an Ascetic)

With the rivers of thy Tears (Common for an Ascetic)

In Thee O Father was Preserved (Common for a Monk)

In Thee O Mother was Preserved (Common for a Nun)

Guide of the Orthodox Faith (Common for a Confessor)

Thy Ewe Lamb O Jesus (Common for a Woman Martyr)

Seeing the comeliness of thy Virginity (Την Ωραιότητα)

O Steadfast help and shield of Christians (Kontakion for most Sundays)

As Firstfruits of Nature (Kontakion for Saturdays)

O Isaiah Rejoice (Weddings and Ordinations)

Lord I cry unto Thee Tone One

Lord I cry unto Thee Tone Two

Lord I cry unto Thee Tone Three

O Gladsome Light (Φως Ιλαρόν)

The Great Doxology (Tone One)

 

Hymns from Holy Week

 

Behold the Bridegroom cometh

I see thy Bridal Chamber

When the Glorious Disciples

Thou Hast this day O Lord

 

 

 

Hymns from the Divine Liturgy

Kyrie Eleison

First and Second Antiphons

Third Antiphon

Introit Hymn [O come let us worship]

The Thriceholy Hymn [O Holy God]

As many of you

Thy Cross, O master

The Cherubic Hymn Tone 3

The Cherubic Hymn Tone 8

Grant us O Lord

The Father and the Son  up to It is meet

Holy Holy Holy is the Lord of Sabaoth

We hymn Thee

Meet it is in very truth Tone 3

Meet it is in very truth Tone 4

Meet it is in very truth Tone 5

Of Thy Mystical Supper

We have seen the true light

Let our mouths be filled

Blessed is the name of the Lord

Unto him who Blesses and Sanctifies us

 



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