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I recently bought "Divine Office of the Byzantine-Slavonic Rite. #419644 11/17/19 07:26 PM
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I'm pretty excited about this book. I'm planning on studying it while comparing/contrasting it to other Eastern Catholic and Orthodox texts. Eventually I might talk to my priest about becoming a cantor for days when the cantor can't make it.

For anyone who has this book, can someone help me with something? How exactly am I supposed to read the Canon? It seems pretty complex to me, and unless I'm not finding it in the book, there seem to be some things missing. What I've found missing are parts of Odes 1-8.

In the Octoechos, the Sunday canon includes only Hirmos 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8*, -* not the refrain, troparion, and exapostilarion - and the full Ode 9 ( Hirmos, refrain, troparion, Exapostilaron). The weekdays, and feasts found in the Triodions, include Canon - Ode 9 only. Do I take the refrain, troparion, and exapostilarion from Ode 9 for all previous odes, where only the hirmos is supplied?

Or am I reading this completely incorrectly?


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Re: I recently bought "Divine Office of the Byzantine-Slavonic Rite. [Re: Augoustinos] #419652 11/21/19 12:32 PM
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I don't have that particular book so my comments are general.

Most parishes abbreviate Matins. So it seems logical that the book includes (in English) only the texts most commonly used by parishes. For example, at Sunday Matins my parish sings Ode 1 in full, sings the short litany, then continues with Ode 9. If you were seeking to do "full" Matins you'd likely need additional texts.

If you are interested in becoming a cantor I would focus on learning the melodies that never change. First, those for the Divine Liturgy, then for Vespers ("Blessed is the Man", "O Lord, I have cried' in 8 tones, "O Joyful Light, etc.) and then for Matins. Such hymns constitute the frame of the service. Then learn the the melodies for the troparia and prokimney. And so on.

Best wishes.

Re: I recently bought "Divine Office of the Byzantine-Slavonic Rite. [Re: Augoustinos] #419656 11/23/19 07:23 AM
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Thanks, that is some good advice. The melodies that never change are all in my parish's Divine Liturgy book, and I know them all quite well. Matins and Vespers, however, the books only are put out when they are served, so not often. Of course I could ask my priest if I could make a copy of them, but the Ukrainian Catholic church doesn't have anything close to the Ruthenian Metropolitan Cantor Institute website where literally everything is there and you could basically learn it all yourself.

We Ukrainian Catholics, however, since 2018 have been holding a Singing Convention. https://ugccmusic.com/ The website is lacking, but it seems to be conference where "cantors, singers, choir directors, clergy, and all those interested in church singing gather for the annual Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church Singing Conference, “SingCon,” a weekend of prayer, learning, and fellowship." Its an hour away at the Philadelphia UGCC Cathedral next year, so I might go.


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