Astute users of the MCI website may have noticed a new entry in the left-hand navigation bar: Menaion.
The Menaion, of course, is the monthly book (twelve in all) with propers for divine services on each day of a particular month. Such books are available in Greek and Church Slavonic; in “King James” English; and in a modern English edition that follows Greek / Antiochean usage. But until now, we have not had a complete set of these books for our church, using our translations and following Ruthenian Slav usage.
Continue reading “The Online Menaion project”
Each Monday for the next several weeks, we will be adding a new moleben or prayer service to the Publications page of the MCI website.
Today’s addition is a Moleben Invoking the Help of the Holy Spirit, suitable for a church meeting or the start of any good work. It can also be celebrated as a patronal service for parishes dedicated to the Holy Spirit (or Holy Ghost).
As always, you can add “_booklet” before “.pdf” in the URL window of your web browser to get a link to a version suitable for printing in booklet form on 2-sided 11 by 14 inch paper. Here is the direct link for this moleben so you can see what I mean.
If you have a particular moleben you would like to have for your parish’s use, please comment here!
This year, I received two queries about the correct Vespers readings for the feast of the prophet Elias (July 20). And before proceeding, I should say that I am really happy that more parishes are celebrating Vespers! Continue reading “Epistle Book Questions and Errata”
This year, the feast of the Annunciation (March 25) falls on Great and Holy Friday. When this happens, the hymns for the eve of the feast are added to the celebration of Vespers with Divine Liturgy on Great and Holy Thursday, and Vespers with the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom is celebrated on the evening of Great and Holy Friday. This is the only time a Divine Liturgy is ever celebrated on Friday of Holy Week.
The bishops of the Byzantine (Ruthenian) Metropolitan Church of Pittsburgh have promulgated a pair of books with music to be used at these services. Copies of these books are being provided to each parish. On March 3, a two-hour presentation on these books and the music they contain was given in Pittsburgh. Here are the audio recordings of this presentation, for those who could not attend or see the live Internet feed of the presentation.
The Inter-Eparchial Liturgical Commission has recommended that parishes which celebrate Matins for Great and Holy Friday (the Service of the 12 Passion Gospels) include the matins Gospel of the Annunciation (Luke 1:39-49,56) between the seventh and eighth Gospels of the Passion, and add the commemoration of the Annunciation to the final dismissal. The MCI has prepared a leaflet with this recommendation.
If you have any questions, please contact us.