Znamenny Chant

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Znamenny Chant

Theotokia Dogmatika

It is traditional that the Dogmatikon at Great Vespers be chanted in Great Chant (that is, slower and more melismatic). In modern choral scores, this is rarely accomplished; but the Synodal chant-books preserve the medieval Znamenny melodies for us. This is an English adaptation of these hymn settings.

By the Waters of Babylon

“By the Waters of Babylon” is a text appointed to be sung at Matins on pre-Lenten Sundays, after the Polyeleos. Its text is taken from Psalm 136 (LXX) — the entire psalm is appointed to be sung in the sixth tone, with Alleluias after each verse.