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 They are approved for provisional use in the Archeparchy, but are otherwise unofficial and should be considered superseded by any materials promulgated by the Council of Hierarchs.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

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

complete upcoming events

Liturgical Calendar

August 28 is the fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Vespers - Divine Liturgy

August 29 is the feast of the beheading of John the Forerunner and Baptist.
Vespers - Divine Liturgy

September 1 is the beginning of the church year.
Vespers - Divine Liturgy

September 4 is the sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Vespers (samohlasen) - Divine Liturgy

September 8 is the feast of Nativity (birth) of the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary.
Vespers - Matins - Divine Liturgy

September 11 is the Sunday before the Exaltation of the Cross, and a post-festive day of the Nativity of the Theotokos.
Vespers (samohlasen) - Divine Liturgy

September 14 is the feast of Exaltation of the Holy Cross.
Vespers (samohlasen) - Matins - Divine Liturgy - Moleben

September 18 is the Sunday after the Exaltation of the Cross.
Vespers (samohlasen) - Divine Liturgy

September 25 is the nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Vespers - Divine Liturgy

September 26 is the feast of the Dormition of St. John the Theologian.
Vespers (samohlasen) - Divine Liturgy

complete liturgical calendar

Vigil Divine Liturgy propers

August 29 - Beheading of John the Forerunner and Baptist

September 8 - Nativity of the Theotokos

September 14 - Exaltation of the Cross

Readings for the Liturgical Year

This website now features a lectionary, or complete list of Scripture readings for the liturgical year. You can also find it by looking just under Readings in the left-hand navigation on each page. My hope is that in the near future, this page will have "live" links to the readings themselves.

New Molebens on the MCI website

Over the next several weeks, we will be adding a number of devotional services called Molebens to the MCI website, with current texts and music. These can also be found on the Publications page, which now includes BOTH official and unofficial publications (under separate headings), to make it easy to find everything that is available.

As always, you can add "_booklet" just before ".pdf" in your browser URL window to get a "camera ready" version for printing on 11 by 14 inch paper.

Parishes in Need of Cantors

The following parishes currently have no regular cantor. Cantors who have the time and willingness to serve regularly in one of these parishes should contact the pastor of the parish or the Cantor Institute for more information.

Pastors, if your parish needs a cantor, please write to the Cantor Institute at mci@archpitt.org.

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.

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!