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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.

A VERY WARM WELCOME TO OUR NEW CHAIRMAN
PAUL JABARA
Paul Jabara has been newly appointed by Metropolitan JOSEPH to chair
the Department of Sacred Music.
He is an extraordinary Orthodox musician who has been involved
in this department for many years.
Click here to read his very impressive BIOGRAPHY.

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FYI: Complete Music for Vespers/Matins/Akathist
for the Feast of Ss. Peter and Paul
is available in our PDF Library.
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Orthodox Music Conference Concludes With Record Attendance and Celebratory Concert
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Metropolitan JOSEPH has approved a change in the music and text
for "God is the Lord" that we sing in Orthros (Matins).
We will now be singing:  "God is the Lord and hath appeared unto us
Blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord."
You may click here for all 8 tones in Western or in Byzantine notation,
or go to our PDF Library:  www.antiochian.org/music/...
for this and other music downloads.
The audio version of each tone is listed there with the Byzantine notation.
This will be combined with the Western notation as well.  Stay tuned.

 

SACRED MUSIC INSTITUTE:

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

SMI Flyer for July, 2015SAVE THE DATE:

Our 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.
To register for the 30th Anniversary SMI, click here:
ONLINE REGISTRATION
and follow the instructions.
General Pricing Information for the SMI.
Here it is!!  The Schedule of Events!

 

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

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

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DO YOU NEED THE KAZAN MENAION?

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.

DID YOU KNOW ...

...that he beginning words of the prayer we say before communion comes from the words of the holy Apostles Peter & Paul?

"I believe, O Lord, and I confess that thou art truly the Christ, the Son of the living God, who didst come into the world to save sinners of whom I am chief."

In Matthew 16:13, when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, "Who do men say that the Son of man is?"  And they said, "Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets."  He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" Simon Peter replied, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."

In Paul's First Letter to Timothy 1:12, we read:  I thank him who has given me strength for this, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful by appointing me to his service, though I formerly blasphemed and persecuted and insulted him; but I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.  The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. And I am the foremost of sinners; but I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience for an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life.  To the King of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

In fact, the Divine Liturgy is filled with many references to the Scriptures, and all for our instruction, our enlightenment, and our salvation.  When we acknowledge our sinfulness, that we don't quite hit the mark, and then confess our sins, God is there to forgive us, to wash them all away, and to lead us back Home to His heavenly kingdom, even if it is at the last hour or minute of our life.  For in Luke 23:39-43, we read of the two thieves who were hung on each side of Jesus.  One of the criminals railed at him, saying, Are you not the Christ?  Save yourself and us!" But the other rebuked him, saying, "Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation?  And we indeed justly; for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong."  And he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom."  And he said to him, "Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise."

This is from where the other part of the prayer comes:  Of thy Mystic Supper, O Son of God, accept me today as a communicant; for I will not speak of thy Mystery to thine enemies, neither will I give thee a kiss as did Judas; but like the thief will I confess thee: Remember me, O Lord, in thy Kingdom."

May it be so, for all those who come to recognize and believe that Jesus truly is the Christ, the Messiah, the Son of the living God!

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If you can't find something, or if you need help in any way, please let us know by emailing Paul Jabara (the link is in the right column).

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