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 They are approved for provisional use in the Archeparchy, but are otherwise unofficial and should be considered superseded by any materials promulgated by the Council of Hierarchs.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 9 - MCI class: Feasts of the Mother of God, Byzantine Catholic Seminary, Pittsburgh, PA.

May 10 - Presbyteral ordination of Deacon Donald Bolls, St. John the Baptist Cathedral, Munhall, PA, 4 PM.

complete upcoming events

Liturgical Calendar

May 23 is the fifth All Souls' Saturday.
Divine Liturgy

May 24 is the feast of PENTECOST.
Vespers - Matins - Divine Liturgy - Sunday afternoon Vespers

May 31 is the Sunday of All Saints.
Vespers (samohlasen) - Matins - Divine Liturgy

June 1 is the first day of the Apostles' Fast, which lasts until June 28.

June 7 is the second Sunday after Pentecost.
Vespers (samohlasen) - Divine Liturgy

June 14 is the third Sunday after Pentecost.
Vespers (samohlasen) - Divine Liturgy

June 21 is the fourth Sunday after Pentecost.
Vespers (samohlasen) - Divine Liturgy

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

June 28 is the fifth Sunday after Pentecost.
Vespers (samohlasen) - Divine Liturgy

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

complete liturgical calendar

Vigil Divine Liturgy propers

June 24 - Nativity of John the Forerunner

June 29 - Saints Peter and Paul


Come, Holy Spirit!

Long-time Cantors of the Archeparchy of Pittsburgh honored

The cantors and retired cantors of the Archeparchy of Pittsburgh with 20 years or more continuous service were honored on Sunday, May 17 at a dinner given by the Byzantine Catholic Serra Club at St. Elias Byzantine Catholic Church in Munhall, PA. Those honored were:

George Basalla
Sylvia Bender
Kevin Beres
Martin Bovee
Leonard Chemsak
Mary Anne Cupka
Michael Dancisin
Andrew Deskevich
Steve Dubosh
William Dzuricsko
William Evancho
John Evans
Daniel Evans
John Ferrence III
Charles Galbach
Michael Goda
William Healey
Edward Hoholick
Andrew Huzinec
John Ihnat
Jerry Jumba
David Klacik
Victor Kosko
David Kostilnik
Donald Kostrubanic
John Kostrubanic
George Lacik
Gregory Lazar
Arthur G. Lazer
Ann Leasure
Joseph Lesko
Agnes Long
Michael Timothy Loya
Joseph Luzanski
LeaAnne Luzier
Robert Matoka
Ellen McCabe
Helen Meko
George Mihalick
Kurt Novotnak
Gerry (Rhoads) O'Connor
George Oleksa
Deacon Daniel Perich
Christine Peterson
Fred Petro
Michael F. Pillar
Mary Caryl Planiczki
Coreen Poklembo
Margaret Popp
Michael Pozonsky
Andrew Regalla
Jeanne Roberts
John Sember
Gertrude Shirella
Edward C. Spontak, Sr.
George Tichi
Joanne Walker
Linda Wibly
Mary Frances Zadzilko
Henry Zolyak
Charles Zubritsky III
Joseph Zozula

May God grant to all our cantors, peace, health, and happiness, for many blessed years!

Materials from May MCI online

A recorded lecture and handouts from the MCI class on the Feasts of the Mother of God (May 9, 2015) are now on the MCI page (follow this link or click on Cantor Institute in the left-hand navigation bar).

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.

Podcasts

Two radio programs from 2006 by former MCI director J. Michael Thompson are now available for download and listening:

We would like to start a regular Cantor Institute podcast - what would you like to hear about? Write to mci@archpitt.org.

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.)

Identifying and Honoring our Cantors

In 1974, for its fiftieth anniversary, the Archeparchy of Pittsburgh honored all its cantors, current and retired, in the context of the St. Nicholas Dinner, at which the program booklet included photos and brief biographies of each cantor.

In 2015, we would like to honor the cantors of the Archeparchy of Pittsburgh in a similar fashion, and encourage the other eparchies to do likewise. This has the potential to bear fruit for years to come in increased awareness of and respect for our church singing and its practitioners.  

The chancery will be contacting each parish in the Archeparchy of Pittsburgh in order to compile a current list of our cantors.

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!