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 They are approved for provisional use in the Archeparchy, but are otherwise unofficial and should be considered superseded by any materials promulgated by the Council of Hierarchs.

Upcoming Events

January 7, 2019 - Next MCI Online classes begin: Reading in Church; The Liturgical Year; The Great Fast and Holy Week (more info)

Liturgical Calendar

8888888888888888888888888888888888888888sFebuary 2 is the feast of the Meeting of our Lord with Simeon and Anna.
Vespers - Matins - Divine Liturgy

February 3 is the Sunday of Zachaeus, and the Synaxis of Simeon and Anna.
Vespers (samohlasen) - Divine Liturgy

Febuary 10 is the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee. Vespers - Matins - Divine Liturgy

Febuary 17 is the Sunday of the Prodigal Son. Vespers - Matins - Divine Liturgy

February 24 is the Sunday of Meatfare (the Sunday of the Last Judgment), and the feast of the 2nd and 3rd finding of the head of the holy prophet, forerunner and baptist John. Vespers (samohlasen) - Matins - Divine Liturgy

complete liturgical calendar

Vigil Divine Liturgy propers

January 30 - Three Holy Hierarchs

Febuary 2 - Feast of the Meeting

New books for Lenten Sunday Vespers!

I am pleased to announce updates versions of two books from the Metropolitan Cantor Institute:

What's new about these books?

  1. They use more current translations of Vespers, matching the Divine Liturgies and Presanctified books wherever appropriate - both text and music.
  2. Music is provided for all psalm verses at the Lamp-lighting Psalms and aposticha, so there is no need for a second book, or large leaflets with this music.
  3. The formatting has been vastly improved, and I intend to use the same style (perhaps with further improvements) for the other MCI Vespers books as they are revised.
  4. Music has been smoothed out where necessary, and typos have been corrected.

For parishes that celebrate Sunday afternoon Vespers several times during the Great Fast, I recommend the larger book, while parishes that celebrate ONLY Forgiveness Vespers might want to stick to the smaller one.  Both books are intended for printing in booklet form on legal size paper.  Here the the prepared booklet versions:

One thing these books do not include is the text of the prayers said privately by the priest, such as the Prayers of Light, as well as detailed rubrics for celebration. For these, see below!

All questions, corrections, and suggestions should go to Thank you!

Clergy Book for Vespers

In the process of updating the MCI Vespers books, we determined that there was a real need for a separate book for priests and deacons, with the priest's silent prayers, and detailed rubrics and guidelines for celebration.  This (unofficial) book is now available:

This book is set up for printing in two colors, on letter (not legal) size paper.  If you have problems getting one printed for your own use, feel free to contact me for assistance. A similar book for Matins is in preparation, For background details, see this blog post - and leave you comments if  you like!

Typikon for 2019

The Typikon for 2019 (which shows how to set up the services for each day of the year) can be ordered from the Byzantine Seminary Press:

The MCI Online program also has a free course on how to use the annual typikon to set up music and Sunday and weekday Divine Liturgies.

New on the MCI Blog!

The Month of February

As part of the MCI Online class, The Liturgical Year, we prepared a series of articles on the feasts of the year, month by month.

The Liturgical Year (8 week online course) is offered every January and July. With a free MCI Online ID, you can also view the course materials as a guest. See the classes page for details.

Registration forms for 2019 MCI Online classes

Mailing List for Cantors

We have migrated the old MCI mailing lists to single list, This new list should be more reliable than the one we have been using, and does NOT require the creation of a Yahoo ID. It also has more options for collaboration, including a wiki and post tagging.

This list will be used for both announcements, and general (moderated) discussion. If you wish to receive email ONLY for announcements, you can set your subscription options to "Special Notices Only."

To subscribe to the list, just go to

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. Please consider contributing to these two efforts:

In early 2018, we will also be distributing images of particular pieces of music or other memorabilia we would like to find or identify.

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.