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Our Mission Statement:

The mission of the Department of Sacred Music is to provide leadership to the parishes of the Archdiocese, drawing from the talents of the faithful in order to serve in these ways: publishing music, organizing workshops and seminars, building strong ties of communication throughout the Archdiocese, supporting the work of mission parishes, and providing a positive influence towards the creation of new works of liturgical music for the glory of God and the Holy Orthodox Faith.

Our Department guides our parishes in all areas concerning liturgical music. We have much information here for you and we update these resources regularly. This Sacred Music webpage makes it easy to locate and download the necessary sheet music (in PDF format) for feasts and seasons of the Orthodox liturgical year.  Visit this web page often for news and updates as the selection of files for download continues to expand.


"Hades was embittered when it encountered (Christ) in the lower region."
It was embittered, for it was abolished!  It was embittered, for it was mocked!
It was embittered, for it was purged!  It was embittered, for it was despoiled!
It was embittered, for it was bound in chains!

It took a body, and face to face, met God!
It took earth and encountered heaven!
It took what it saw but crumbled before what it had not seen!
"O death, where is thy sting?  O hades, where is thy victory?"

Christ is risen, and you are overthrown!
Christ is risen, and the demons are fallen!
Christ is risen, and the angels rejoice!
Christ is risen, and life reigns!
Christ is risen, and not one dead remains in a tomb!

For Christ, being raised from the dead, has become the First-fruits of them that slept.

To him be glory and might unto ages of ages.  Amen.
And that, my friends and fellow singers, is why we say with the Psalmist:
"I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;
I will sing praise to my God while I have being" (103:33 LXX).



We are now preparing for the next SMI at the Antiochian Village, our 30th Anniversary!


SMI Flyer for July, 2015Our 30th Anniversary SMI
will be held July 8-12 at the Antiochian Village.
Lord willing, Metropolitan JOSEPH will be with us as our Keynote Speaker!
There will be quite a gala celebration, which you won't want to miss.
Regarding the Youth Music Ministry Program (YMM),
please click here for the 2015 YMM Application, and follow the instructions within.


We also present to you the following videos from SMI 2014 for you to enjoy, in case you'd like to reminesce, or missed them all together.  Please click on the following YouTube links.

To start with, here are four videos 
   Emily Lowe:  The Glory of Pascha    
   Mareena Boosamra Ball:   Choral Formation  
   Fr. John Finley:  Sacred Foods of Pascha  
   Bishop ANTHONYPart 1 of his Lecture on Pascha
   Bishop ANTHONYPart 2 of his Lecture on Pascha
   YMM Concert:   Pascha music


 Click here for the Presanctified Liturgy variables for 2015.


 Click here for the YouTube videos of the 2013 SMI lectures and concerts.



As many of you may know, the Kazan Byzantine Menaion Project is out of print, and has been for some time. We have been working on proofing the computerized version, and we now have September, October, November, December and January completed. If you are in need of this music, please email me, Christopher Holwey, by clicking on the email link on the right column of this website. We're still working out the specifics, but I'd like to know how many of you are in need of this. We are working hard to have the Menaion completed by next year.  Thanks.


...that the Trisagion Hymn was revealed to us by a little child?  The story is told to us in The Prologue of Ohrid, by St. Nikolai Velimirovic, in his November 19th writing about St. Proclus, Patriarch of Constantinople.  Here is the story:


Proclus was a disciple of St. John Chrysostom. In the year 426 he was consecrated Bishop of Cyzicus, and in 435 was chosen Patriarch of Constantinople. He governed the Church of God as a prudent hierarch. During his tenure, two significant events occurred. The first was the translation of the relics of St. John Chrysostom from Comana to Constantinople, at the desire of both the emperor and the patriarch. Emperor Theodosius the Younger was then reigning with his sister, Pulcheria. The second event was the great earthquake in Constantinople and the surrounding countryside. Many of the largest and most beautiful buildings were destroyed by this terrible earthquake. Then the patriarch, with the emperor, many of the clergy, nobles and people, came out in a procession of supplication. As they were praying to God, a child was miraculously lifted high in the air, until he was out of sight. Then he returned and was lowered gently to the ground. Asked where he had been, the child replied that he had been lifted up to heaven among the angels and that he had heard the angels sing:"Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us!'' Upon hearing this, all the people in the procession began to sing it and the earthquake ceased immediately. From that time on, this beautiful hymn was adopted by the Church. The child soon reposed, and was interred in the Church of St. Irene. In all, St. Proclus served as a hierarch for twenty years and reposed peacefully in the Lord in the year 446.

So that's why we say that when we gather together in the Divine Liturgy, and sing this hymn, we are joining with the angels in heaven, and not simply singing it on our own down here on earth. 

If you can't find something, please let us know by emailing Christopher Holwey (the link is in the right column).


If we can help you in any way, please let us know. The contact information is in the right column.

Christopher Holwey