Saturday, June 2, 2007, the Archeparchy of Pittsburgh will be holding a
In-service Day in connection with the book The Divine
Liturgies of Our Holy Fathers
John Chrysostom and Basil the
day will be a time of
singing and instruction concerning the music in the
faithful’s book and
All cantors and assistant cantors of the Byzantine Catholic
Archeparchy of Pittsburgh are invited to attend!
This workshop will be held at the Byzantine Catholic Seminary, 3605 Perrysville Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15202. (directions) The schedule for the day is as follows:
8:45 Third Hour in the chapel
9:00 Welcome by the Metropolitan
9:15 First workshop: Divine Liturgy I (Enarxis thorugh Creed)
10:30 continuation of first workshop
12:00 lunch, and shopping at the Byzantine Seminary Press
1:00 Second workshop: Divine Liturgy II (Anaphora through Dismissal)
2:15 Sunday Eight Tones
The cost of the workshop is $15, payable to the Archeparchy of Pittsburgh, which covers the cost of the lunch.
Please register by phone
(412-321-8199) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) by THURSDAY, MAY 31
so that we may have an accurate count
The 2007 "Cantors' Day of Reflection and Prayer" will take place on Bright Saturday, April 14, 2007, from 8:30 a.m. till 3:30 p.m. at Saint John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Cathedral, 210 Green Tree Road, Munhall, PA, 15120.
The presenter will be Sister Barbara Jean Mihalchick, O.S.B.M. Her topic will be “Beyond the Basics: Growing in Christian Maturity”:
"You've learned cantoring skills and some helpful liturgical theology. You enjoy the prayer and ministry your role gives you. Where does a serious Byzantine Christian go from here? The day will focus on useful pointers for the spiritual journey and how to integrate them in daily life."The day will be framed in liturgical prayer: 9 a.m. Paschal Matins, 11:30 a.m. Divine Liturgy of Bright Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Vespers of Thomas Sunday.
The cost of the day is $15, payable to the Archeparchy of Pittsburgh. The day is open to all alumni/alumnae of the Metropolitan Cantor Institute, all currently enrolled students, and all involved as cantors or cantor's assistants in Eastern churches. For more information, please email Professor J. Michael Thompson at email@example.com or call 412-398-6076.
Prostopinije Conference in Uzhorod, Ukraine
This year is the 100th anniversary of the publication of the Prostopinije of Bokshai and Malinich. In honor of this anniversary, the Blessed Theodore Romzha Greek Catholic Theological Academy is hosting a conference on the history and use of prostopinije. The conference will be held on June 25-27, 2006 at the seminary in Uzhorod, Ukraine,
Vespers with the Ambrose Romanos Singers on Saturday, January 21
On January 21st, the all-day Metropolitan Cantor Institute session at the Byzantine Catholic Seminary in Pittsburgh will conclude with Vespers led by the Ambrose-Romanos Singers at 3 p.m. This will also be the service hosting the Observatory Hill Ministerium, in observance of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
There is ample free parking on
the grounds of the Seminary. Everyone
is invited, and encouraged to come early because seating is limited.
Emmanuel Moleben on December 11
The Emmanuel Moleben (a prayer service in preparation for the Nativity of our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ) will be solemnly sung in the chapel of Sts. Cyril and Methodius Byzantine Catholic Seminary, 3605 Perrysville Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15214.
This will take place on Sunday, December 11, 2005. At 4:15 p.m., the Ambrose-Romanos Singers (a professional liturgical choral ensemble) will sing music from the East and the West celebrating the Nativity Fast. At 4:30 p.m., the Rev. Dr. Joseph Raptosh, pastor of Holy Resurrection Byzantine Catholic Church, Monroeville, PA, and professor of pastoral counseling at the Byzantine Catholic Seminary, will preside at the Emmanuel Moleben, with the Ambrose-Romanos Singers leading the faithful in the prostopinije responses of the service.
There is ample free parking on the grounds of the Seminary. Everyone is
invited, and encouraged to come early because seating is limited.
Daily Vespers Book, Priest's Book for Great Vespers Available
A new publication from the Metropolitan Cantor Institute, containing text and music for the ordinary parts of weekday Vespers, is now available and can be downloaded in PDF form. Weekday propers (both for the Mother of God, and the daily propers from the Great Octoechos) are in preparation, and will be added to the document when available.
In addition, Father David Petras of Saints Cyril and Methodius Byzantine Catholic Seminary in Pittsburgh as provided us with the priest's parts of Great Vespers, including the Prayers of Light, rubrics for Litija and distribution of blessed bread, and common dismissals. This document can be downloaded in either Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format (RTF).
Please send any questions,
comments or suggestions to the webmaster.
Cantor Verses Book Revised
The second edition of the Metropolitan Cantor Institute publication Cantor Verses (Prypivy) in the Eight Tones for Matins and Vespers was released at the Uniontown pilgrimage over Labor Day weekend. This book includes the psalm verses (prypivy) sung with stichera at Sunday and daily Matins and Vespers, in each of the eight tones, as well as the melodies for Glory / Now and ever used with troparia. (Note that these are not the same as the Glory / Now and ever melodies used before kontakia at the Divine Liturgy.)
The revised edition can be
Sunday Afternoon Vespers in Pittsburgh
Once a month, the Ambrose-Romanos Singers (a professional liturgical choir) leads the singing of Vespers on SUNDAY afternoon at 4:30. This is preceded by a brief concert of choral music on the theme of the feast or season at 4:15 p.m.This fall, the dates are:
- Sun. Sept. 25, 2005: Great Vespers and Litija, Dormition of the Holy Apostle John
- Sun. Oct. 23, 2005
- Sun. Nov. 20, 2005: Great Vespers and Litija, Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple
- Sun. Dec. 11, 2005: Emmanuel Moleben
Sunday Vespers at Byzantine Catholic Seminary
The Byzantine Catholic Seminary of Ss. Cyril and Methodius begins the celebration of the Lord's Day with Great Vespers, sung by the seminary community at 5:00 p.m each Saturday of the school term. If you are in the neighborhood, we invite you to join with us in greeting Christ, the "joyful Light of the everlasting Father in heaven." (directions to the Seminary)
Sunday Vespers Book revisedThe second edition of The Order of Vespers for Sundays after Pentecost has been completed. From the preface:
The first edition of this book was used in the Seminary chapel and by various parishes in the Byzantine Catholic Archeparchy of Pittsburgh. After thorough use, the text and music have been updated to reflect decisions mades by the IELC and IEMC, and a number of typographical errors and mistakes in transcription have been corrected.This version incorporates the complete ordinary of Vespers recommended by the Intereparchial Liturgy and Music Commissions, as well as suggestions from cantors across the Metropolia.Particular changes affect the festal setting of Psalm 103, the Prayer of St. Simeon, and the layout of samohlasen tone four. In the face of differing traditions on the use of samohlasen tone 4 (which was omitted from the Bokshai Prostopinije), the Music Commission elected to use the version taught in the seminary in Uzhorod; the revised edition has been updated accordingly. The new book can be downloaded from this website in PDF form, and may be printed for personal or parish use.
Cantor Institute will provide copies of the new revised edition FREE OF
CHARGE to those who purchased copies of the first edition;
all we ask is that you DESTROY or RECYCLE the old book(s) so
that no confusion will arise from mixing the old and new books.