The Octoechos

The Octoechos (Gk., "Eight tones";  Slav. Októich) contains the Sunday and weekday hymns in the 8-week cycle of tones.

Contents of the Octoechos

The Great Octoechos (sometimes called in Greek the Parakletiké, "Supplications") contains the following hymns in each of the eight tones: 

(in preparation)

The Small or Sunday Octoechos contains the hymns for Sunday, omitting the weekday hymns.

The Octoechos in Church Slavonic

There are some differences between the Octoechos as used among the Ruthenians, and among the Great Russians.  The variations are most noticeable in the sessional hymns of Sunday Matins.  On the other hand, the Sunday Octoechos in the Ruthenian usage is readily available, while the weekday Octoechos is not.

The Velikij Sbórnik and the Basilian Vecernya i Utrenya contain the Ruthenian texts for the Sunday Octoechos, from Vespers on Saturday evening to Vespers on Sunday evening.

No new Octoechos was printed as part of the Ruthenian reform of the 1940's.  

A full Octoechos in Church Slavonic, according to the Great Russian usage, is available on-line, courtesy  of St. Sergius of Radonezh Russian Orthodox Cathedral, Parma, Ohio.

The Octoechos in English

The Sunday Octoechos for the Divine Liturgy can be found in Msgr. Levkulic's The Divine Liturgy: A Book of Prayer.

The Uniontown Office of Vespers contains a complete Sunday and weekday Octoechos for Vespers.  The Uniontown Office of Matins provides a fairly complete Sunday Octoechos for Matins, omitting only the troparia of the second and third canons.  (These troparia can be found in The Canons of Sunday Matins (two small booklets) from the Greek Orthodox Monastery of the Assumption.)  A single composite set of weekday hymns for Matins is given, rather than one set in each tone.

Saint John of Kronstadt Press has published a complete translation of the Canons to the Mother of God in the eight tones, as used at Small Compline.

A Sunday Octoechos in English, according to the Great Russian usage, is available on-line, courtesy  of St. Sergius of Radonezh Russian Orthodox Cathedral, Parma, Ohio.

A Great Octoechos in four volumes according to the Melkite usage is available from Sophia Press.

The Greek Orthodox Monaster of the Veil has published a complete translation of the Sunday Octoechos, and tones 1-7 of the weekday Octoechos.