This is a collection of sheet music for the Matins service as sung in the Carpatho-Rusyn Plainchant tradition.
Clicking on any of the links below will download a PDF file of the indicated sheet music.
Much of the service uses the tropar, samohlasen and prokimen melodies familiar to cantors. Music is not usually provided for these.
Note: All of this music is in parish use, but is not produced or endorsed by the Vicariate for Liturgical Music of the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of America. It should not be treated as having any official status.
Music for the Matins Service
- "God is the Lord," Sessional Hymns, Hypakoe, and Gradual Hymns use the appropriate Tropar melody unless another melody is indicated.
- Polyeleos is the "Praise the Name of the Lord" censing hymn found in the service book.
- Psalm 136 ("By the Waters of Babylon") is sung with the Polyeleos on the three Sundays before Great Lent.
- Gradual Hymns for Feast Days.
- Evlogitaria of the Resurrection ("Anhelsky Sobor").
- Prokimen. These are variations on the usual Prokimen melodies in the eight tones. The Prokimen melody is also used for "Let every breath praise the Lord" and "Holy is the Lord our God" (repeated 3 times).
- Responses at the Matins Gospel and Verses after Psalm 50. Note that there are special verses after Psalm 50 during the period of the Lenten Triodion. On Feast days some of these verses are often replaced by special verses for the Feast.
- Irmos Melodies for the Canon. The irmos verse for each Ode of the Canon is sung to one of these melodies. The remaining verses are chanted. If there is a Katavasia at the conclusion of the ode, it is sung.
If an irmos melody is too difficult, or if none is provided, it is traditional to use the Common Irmos Melody. This is the Tone 6 melody, which should be familiar since it is used for the Lenten hymn "O Son of God, accept me today..."
- The Common Katavasiae. Sung at the end of each ode of the canon on most Sundays.
- The Magnificat (Veličanie, "My Soul Magnifies the Lord"). Sung between the 8th and 9th odes of the canon.
- The Praises. "Let Everything that has breath..." through "To You is due a hymn, O God" is sung in the indicated Vesper/Samohlasen tone. The rest of the verses are chanted until the stichera for the week or for the feast. These are sung to the Vesper/Samohlasen melody.
- Hymn to the Theotokos. Concludes the Praises at "Now and ever..." (unless otherwise indicated).
- The Great Doxology.
Special Music for Feast Days and Holy Days
- Nativity and Theophany of the Lord. Irmos melodies for the canons of these two Great Feasts are available in diocesan service booklets.
- Meeting of the Lord. Special irmos melodies for the canon.
- Protection of the Mother of God. Special irmos melodies for the canon. These are the same as the Sunday katavasiae.
- Entry of the Theotokos and Annunciation. Special irmos melodies for the canon. These are used in conjunction with music for Protection.
- Ascension. Special irmos melodies for the canon.
- Annunciation. Magnification, special melody.
- Dormition. Exapostilarion (hymn of light) for Dormition, special melody.
- Palm Sunday. Magnification and Verses after Psalm 50.
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Most recent update: January 2015.