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Hymns

All worship services in the Byzantine tradition are always sung.

The Byzantine tradition demands that the worship services employ the best to honor the Best. With words, this principle is expressed in two heighten forms of speech: poetry and singing. First, the words are usually written in poetry. The original Greek versions of all troparia, kondakia, etc. are all poetry, sometimes very complex poetry. Second, the words are sung.

All music used in the Liturgy is prayer.

Then, instrumental music is not used. Instruments can not pray! They can not express our beliefs or committment.

The songs are usually direct prayer. Sometimes, the song is an invitation to prayer or another action, such as repentance. Sometimes, the song is a teaching.

Singing has discipline. The discipline is subordinating the musical elements (melody, performance, etc.) to the words. The text is most important. The song is an offering of both our mind and heart. Also, the discipline is subordinating our likes/taste to the wisdom of the Church. Every song is a prescribed part of the Liturgy. There is no music used that is not part of the Liturgy.

The Melkite Diocese of Newton Educational Services published To Serve as Cantor. This is 3-volume book with cassettes.

Hymns on the Web

Fixed Feasts of the Lord

Arabic Chant Saint Joseph Melkite Greek Catholic Church, Lawrence, Massachusetts, Click on Arabic Chant

Chantez au Seigneur un Chant Chantez au Seigneur un Chant Chantez au Seigneur un Chant Nouveau St Jean Chrysostome, Brussels, Belgium

Greek Catholic, Melkite Al-Bushra

Radio Albishara The Melkite Eparchy of Australia and New Zealand, English and Arabic

Melkite Greek Catholic Church Eastern Catholic Hymns

The Melkite Hymn Collection St. Joseph Melkite Catholic Church

Multimedia St. Elias Melkite Catholic Church, Cleveland, Ohio Page down to Audio

Resurrectional Troparia Eparchy of Newton, (Our Lady of the Annunciation (Al Bisharah) in Roslindale, Massachusetts, United States)

Paper

Hymnography and iconography in the Melkite Church An introduction Please click on the title of the paper. (The above article is taken from a conference paper presented by His Excellency, His Excellency, Bishop Nicholas Samra, Titular Bishop Gerasa and Auxiliary Bishop Newton, USA. The American usage and spelling have been maintained.)


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