Melodies for the Cherubikon (Slavonic)

In the Byzantine Rite, the Cherubikon or Cherubic Hymn has often been set to a much wider variety of melodies than the other hymns of the Divine Liturgy. In the prostopinije tradition, many of the melodies are taken from the folk-song tradition.

This page attempts to list the principal settings in Slavonic, used in our church in North American and in Europe. It includes all the settings in the Bokshai Prostopinije (1906) and Papp Irmologion (1970). For reference, English settings in the Divine Liturgies (2006) are also marked.

Name Source, notes Opening phrase Papp Divine Liturgies
Bokshai #1 Radujsja zilo /
Rad'ij duzhe nyn
i
(Palm Sunday)
1 A
Bokshai #2 Veselisja vo cistoti (Marian) 2  
Bokshai #3   3 C
Bokshai #4   4 D
Bokshai #5 Dushe Svjatyj zojdi na nas 5  
Bokshai #6      
Bokshai #7 Prizri, Bozhe, iz vysoty 6 B
Bokshai #8 Radujsaja Carice /
Otce  Nikolaje
7 E
Bokshai #9   8  
Bokshai #10 t. zv. studentske 10  
Bokshai #11 Prosime t'a D'ivo
(Marian)
11  
Bokshai #12 Apostoly slavjan 12  
Bokshai #13 Divjnaja novina
(Christmas)
29 Christmas
Bokshai #14      
Bokshai #15      
Bokshai #16 For the departed 25  
Bokshai #17 For the departed   G
Bokshai #18      
Bokshai #19      
Bokshai #20      
Papp #9 D'ivo Mati preblahaja
(Marian)
   
Papp #13 Christijana prosvlavl'ajme
(Marian)
   
Papp #14 O Presvjataja
Divo Mati
(Marian)
   
Papp #15 Pribihajem k Tebi
(Marian)
   
Papp #16 K Tebi Pribihajem
(Marian)
   
Papp #17 Prizri, O Marije
(Marian)
  F
Papp #18 K Tvomu Serdcu    
Papp #19      
Papp #20      
Papp #21 Great Fast    
Papp #22 Great Fast    
Papp #23 Great Fast    
Papp #24 O Isuse Poranenyj
(Great Fast)
   
Papp #26 For the departed    
Papp #27 O kto kto
(St. Nicholas)
   
Papp #28 Božij Syn dnes narodilsja
(Nativity)
   
Papp #30 Nova radost' stala
(Nativity)
   
Parvensky Nearer, my God, to Thee      

If you have others, send them to mci@archpitt.org, along with any additional information about them you can provide (source, when used, where sung in this country, etc.

Note that, by tradition, the Communion Hymn of the Divine Liturgy is sung to the same melody as was used earlier in the service for the Cherubikon.