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 They are approved for provisional use in the Archeparchy, but are otherwise unofficial and should be considered superseded by any materials promulgated by the Council of Hierarchs.

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Upcoming Events

May 22 - Archieparchial Cantors' Meeting, 2-5 PM, Pittsburgh, PA.

June 23 - Next cantor class in Pittsburgh: St. John Chrysostom, Greenfield, 7-9 PM.

July 5-7 - Cantor's Workship, Pittsburgh, PA.

September 2-5 - Pilgrimage in honor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Mount Saint Macrina, Uniontown PA.

complete upcoming events

Liturgical Calendar

June 5 is the third Sunday after Pentecost.
Vespers - Divine Liturgy

June 12 is the fourth Sunday after Pentecost.
Vespers (samohlasen) - Divine Liturgy

June 19 is the fifth Sunday after Pentecost, and the feast of the holy apostle Jude.
Vespers (samohlasen) - Divine Liturgy

June 24 is the feast of the birth of the holy Forerunner and Baptist John.
Vespers - Divine Liturgy

June 26 is the sixth Sunday after Pentecost.
Vespers (samohlasen) - Divine Liturgy

June 29 is the feast of the holy apostles Peter and Paul.
Vespers - Matins - Divine Liturgy

July 3 is the seventh Sunday after Pentecost.
Vespers (samohlasen) - Divine Liturgy

July 4 is Independence Day (in the United States).
Divine Liturgy

July 10 is the eighth Sunday after Pentecost, and the feast of our venerable father Anthony of the Caves.
Vespers (samohlasen) - Divine Liturgy

July 17 is the Sunday of the Fathers of the First Six Ecumenical Councils.
Vespers - Divine Liturgy

July 20 is the feast of the holy prophet Elijah.
Vespers (samohlasen) - Divine Liturgy

July 24 is the tenth Sunday after Pentecost, and the feast of the holy martyrs Boris and Gleb.
Vespers (samohlasen) - Divine Liturgy

July 31 is the elevent Sunday after Pentecost, and the prefestive day of the Procession of the Cross.
Vespers (samohlasen) - Divine Liturgy

complete liturgical calendar

Vigil Divine Liturgy propers

June 24 - Birth of St. John the Baptist

June 29 - Saints Peter and Paul

July 20 - Holy prophet Elijah

Evening Cantor Classes in Pittsburgh

On June 23, June 30, and July 7, the Metropolitan Cantor Institute will be holding THURSDAY EVENING cantor classes in Pittsburgh, at St. John Chrysostom Byzantine Catholic Church in Greenfield (Russka Dolina), 506 Saline Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15207.  Classes will be held from 7-9 PM, in the church or hall as needed.  There is NO CHARGE for these classes. Planned topics include selecting starting pitch and tonality, the most effective order to learn music in the green Divine Liturgies book, and coordination between cantor and clergy.

Cantors Invited to the Uniontown Pilgrimage

It is now summer and arrangements are well underway for the 82nd Annual Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Perpetual Help at Mount Saint Macrina in Uniontown, Pennsylvania.  As you know, congregational singing is, indeed, a crowning treasure of our Byzantine Catholic Church.

If you serve as an official parish cantor, and would like to contribute to the music ministry at this year's event, please complete the Online Cantor Participation Form located on the Archeparchy of Pittsburgh’s website:

 http://www.archpitt.org/82nd-annual-pilgrimage-shrine-lady-perpetual-help/
Please complete the form and send your response by Friday, July 22, 2016.

First MCI Videos

One of our goals at the Metropolitan Cantor Institute has been to provide as much solid instructional material as possible, in a variety of formats. Here are the first videos from the MCI:

Please tell us what you think by adding comments to the videos! Complete materials for each class are on the MCI class page (click on the Cantor Institute link to the left).

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.

Table of Contents for the Divine Liturgies book

The Metropolitan Cantor Institute is happy to provide a complete table of contents for the The Divine Liturgies of our holy fathers John Chrysostom and Basil the Great. It can be printed on a single sheet of legal size paper. Cantor Robert Pipta of Annunciation Byzantine Catholic Church, Anaheim, CA (whose work it is) suggests: "Fold in half, trim the edges and it fits into the pewbook. I carefully used a small drop of super glue to hold the TOC in place in the pew book between pages 2 and 3."

Table of contents - Table of contents for printing on legal size paper

Divine Liturgy book in Church Slavonic - with music

Also from Anaheim is a 40-page service book for the Divine Liturgy in Church Slavonic, with music throughout, following the pattern of the English-language Divine Liturgies book, and including rubrics for the people in English. This book is ideal for cantors who celebrate some or all of the Divine Liturgy in Slavonic.

Like most service books from the MCI, this booklet is set up to print 2-up (that is, two pages per sheet, side by side) on legal size paper. If you want a version of the file that is already set up for printing on legal paper, open the file you want in a web browser, and add "_booklet" immediately before ".pdf" in the URL. This will take you to a "camera-ready" version.

Be sure to visit the Official Publications page to see all our contributed materials for use with the official Divine Liturgies book.

Vespers - with Sister Vassa

Cantors might be interested in several recent 10-minute videocasts by Sister Vassa Larin, a Russian Orthodox nun and liturgical scholar. (There are from the series Coffee with Sister Vassa, which usual begins with some chattiness before getting down to business. But the content is quite worthwhile for anyone interested in Vespers.)

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. Earlier this year, Metropolitan William put out a request to clergy to help in this effort.

Later this year, we will be posting a list of particular items we are looking for, as well as some scanned images that we could use help identifying.

We are also interested in recordings. Here is our working list current list of Greek Catholic plain chant and choral recordings done in the United States:

If you have additional information about any of the recordings in this list (or if you have access to copies of recordings that the seminary does not yet have), please contact us!

Mailing lists

A number of electronic mailing lists are available for Byzantine Catholic cantors and those interested in church music. Click on the name of the group to sign up.

mcinews Announcements of cantor education opportunities in the Byzantine Catholic Church
mcimusicfiles Monthly distribution of sheet music from the Metropolitan Cantor Institute

Please sign up for the lists of interest to you!