Recorded Music

Recorded Music

Liturgical chant is, above all, sung chant - and sung chant is best learned by hearing. We hope that the following recordings may provide both instruction and edification. Note that not all use the current English translations and music, and some of the Church Slavonic settings follow the Papp Irmologion rather than the Bokšai Prostopinije.


The Divine Liturgies

These recordings were prepared to accompany The Divine Liturgies of our Holy Fathers John Chrysostom and Basil the Great.

The Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

These tutorial recordings are based on The Divine Liturgy of the Presanctiied Gifts (2010). You can also download the entire set of recordings as a zip file.


Sunday Vespers and Matins

Feast-day Services 

Matins with the Great Canon of Saint Andrew of Crete

This service of repentance is celebrated on Wednesday night or Thursday morning in the fifth week of the Great Fast; it is sometimes called Poklony because of the prostrations (poklony) made after each troparion of the canon. This canon is one of the masterpieces of Byzantine hymnography, and celebrates examples of repentance and conversion from both the Old and New Testaments. The recordings was made by the Schola Cantorum of St. Peters in the Loop in Chicago, under the direction of J. Michael Thompson. Sheet music can be found here.

Resurrection Matins

This recording of Paschal Matins in prostopinije was underwritten by Saint Andrew Byzantine Catholic Church, Mentor-on-the-Lake, Ohio, and its pastor, Father Bryan Eyman, and recorded by the Schola Cantorum of St. Peters in the Loop at Saint Volodymyr and Olha Ukrainian Catholic Church in Chicago. The harmonizations are the property of the Metropolitan Cantor Institute; contact Professor Thompson for more information.

The Paraklesis

The "Service of the Supplicatory Canon to the Mother of God", also called the Paraklesis (several spellings) or "Office of Consolation", is one of our foundational prayer services. It can be celebrated for any need, in church or at home. This recording of the Paraklsis was recorded by the Schola Cantorum of Saint Peter, from Chicago, under the direction of James Michael Thompson.

Pobodny (special melodies)

Church Slavonic

The following selections are from Carpatho-Ruthenian Plain Chant.  Note that the Slavonic terminology (tropar, kondak, etc.) is used here as an aid to finding melodies in the Papp Irmologion.