The Sunday Octoechos
is a two-part liturgical publication – the first of its kind -- in
English. Its two sections include: I. The Service Book, or text for
Sunday services (Small Vespers, Great Vespers, Compline,
Service, Matins, and the Beatitudes) according to the eight-tone
cycle.II. The canon hymns
(Heirmosi) for Compline,
Service, and Matins using Znamenny Chant. Each hymn is displayed
side-by-side in two ways: one presentation with the ancient “hook”
notation; and one presentation using “western” staff notation.
This book can serve as a “hymnal” book for the canon hymns of
Sunday services in Znamenny Chant according to the eight-tone cycle,
or serve as a lovely addition to your home library.
text and musical style used for The Sunday Octeochos were derived from
manuscripts and printed books written before the reforms introduced in
the Russian Orthodox Church in the 17th century. The use of
Znamenny Chant carries on a tradition of liturgical singing for
almost 1000 years, with a documented history back to the 10th
– 11th Century.
The hard-cover book is a “user friendly” size of 6” x
9,” with two “marker ribbons” in the binding for the user to
easily move between canons or between the text and the hymns. With
the purchase of the book, a CD set of two (2) instructional CD’s
will accompany the book -- at no additional cost -- to assist the user
in learning to sing the hymns in English.
Translation was completed by
Hieromonk German Ciuba
, with editing and musical adaptation of hymns from Slavonic to
English by Rev. Deacon Philip M. (Mitrophan) Simon.
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