The texts, music and commentary on this website were prepared by the Metropolitan Cantor Institute of the Byzantine Catholic Archeparchy of Pittsburgh. They are approved for provisional use in the Archeparchy, but are otherwise unofficial and should be considered superseded by any materials promulgated by the Council of Hierarchs.

Upcoming Events

January 8 - Next MCI Online classes begin: Introduction to Church Singing and Services of Great Lent and Holy Week.

March 5 - Next MCI Online classes begin: Introduction to the Divine Liturgy, The Divine Liturgy (full version), and Reading in Church. (register)

Liturgical Calendar

January 14 is the Sunday of Zacchaeus, and the Leave-taking of Theophany.
Vespers - Divine Liturgy

January 17 is the feast of our venerable father Anthony the Great.
Vespers (samohlasen) - Divine Liturgy

January 20 is the feast of our venerable father Euthymius the Great.
Vespers (samohlasen) - Divine Liturgy

January 21 is the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee.
Vespers - Matins - Divine Liturgy

January 28 is the Sunday of the Prodigal Son.
Vespers - Matins - Divine Liturgy

January 30 is the feast of the Three Holy Bishops (Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, and John Chrysostom).
Vespers (samohlasen) - Divine Liturgy

February 2 is the feast of the Meeting of the Lord with Simeon and Anna.
Vespers - Matins - Divine Liturgy

February 3 is the first All-Souls Saturday (commemoration of the departed).
Divine Liturgy

February 4 is the Sunday of the Last Judgment, or Meatfare Sunday.
Vespers (samohlasen) - Matins - Divine Liturgy

February 10 is Cheesefare Saturday (commemoration of all holy ascetics).
Divine Liturgy

February 11 is the Sunday of Forgiveness, or Cheesefare Sunday.
Vespers (samohlasen) - Matins - Divine Liturgy - Forgiveness Vespers (saints)

February 12 is Pure Monday, the first day of the Great Fast, which ends on March 23.
Daily Matins - Third and Sixth Hour - Great Compline

February 17 is the first Saturday of the Great Fast (commemoration of the miracle of St. Theodore).
Divine Liturgy

February 18 is the first Sunday of the Great Fast, the Sunday of Orthodoxy.
Vespers (samohlasen) - Matins - Divine Liturgy - Sunday afternoon Vespers (saints)

February 24 is the feast of the Finding of the head of John the Baptist (which replaces the second All Souls Saturday).
Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts - Divine Liturgy

February 25 is the second Sunday of the Great Fast, on which we also commemorate St. Gregory Palamas.
Vespers - Matins - Divine Liturgy (Palamas) - Sunday afternoon Vespers (saints)

complete liturgical calendar

Vigil Divine Liturgy propers

January 30 - Three Holy Bishops

February 2 - Meeting of the Lord

Moleben for Vocations

We have received several requests for a moleben booklet with music for vocations. A Moleben for Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life is now available; the service was prepared by Father Valerian Michlik of Pittsburgh.

For a complete list of molebens, see the Publications page. These services can be celebrated on any day, and can also be used in home or as reader services.

New Mailing List for Cantors!

We are migrating the old MCI mailing lists to single list, This new list should be more reliable than the one we have been using, and does NOT require the creation of a Yahoo ID. It also has more options for collaboration, including a wiki and post tagging.

This list will be used for both announcements, and general (moderated) discussion. If you wish to receive email ONLY for announcements, you can set your subscription options to "Special Notices Only."

To subscribe to the list, just go to

The Great Fast

Some background on the holy Forty Days: The Great Fast.

Classes for 2018 Announced!

Beginning in January 2018:

This means that all the entire MCI cantor education program can be completed in as little as two years, and students can plan well in advance which courses they would like to take, and when. For more information, see the Cantor Education Roadmap and the current registration form.

New smartphone app has daily readings, hymns

The Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Parma (Ohio) recently released a smartphone app for Apple iOS and Android that includes:

Quite a few cantors have asked for such a resource, and having tried it out, I highly recommend it.  To get the app:

For Android:

For Apple:

Online musicianship for cantors

In preparation for our online classes, which begin in February, the Metropolitan Cantor Institute has acquired a site license for Theta Music Trainer, a website with computer- and smartphone-based games that teach pitch matching, recognition and singing of scales and intervals, and other important skills.

Complete access to this website is available to all cantors in the Byzantine Catholic Church, as well as students in the MCI Online program. For more information, see the Theta Music Trainer page.

There is also a new section in the left-hand navigation bar, Musicianship, to which articles will be added over the next two months.

Documenting the history of our church music - how you can help

The Metropolitan Cantor Institute is working with the Byzantine Catholic Seminary Library to put together material to document the history of the liturgical music of the Byzantine Catholic Church, both plain chant and choral music. Please consider contributing to these two efforts:

In early 2018, we will also be distributing images of particular pieces of music or other memorabilia we would like to find or identify.

What is the Metropolitan Cantor Institute?

The Metropolitan Cantor Institute exists to support and foster liturgical singing in the Byzantine Catholic Metropolitan Church of Pittsburgh. At the direction of our bishops, and in cooperation with our clergy and experienced cantors, the Institute trains and certifies cantors for the service of the church, prepares music and educational materials, and provides workshops and seminars in church singing.

The mission of the Metropolitan Cantor Institute:

To ensure that each parish in the Byzantine Catholic Church has a cantor who can lead the liturgical singing of the parish well, to the glory of God and in support of the prayer of the faithful.

For more information, click on Cantor Institute in the left-hand navigation bar on this page.