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    Byzantine Tones/Sound Samples

    In my experience, Arabic/Levantine tones are not exactly the same as the Greek/Bulgarian/Romanian ones, personally I have the impression that the Plagal of 2 especially, is "softer" than its Byzantine counterpart, the Levantine one is much more similar to the soft chromatic (2nd)
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    My prayers in modern Greek and English / Οι προσευχές μου στα ελληνικά και στα αγγλικά

    Am I allowed to correct some of your mistakes? The latter was amazingly clear! Other than a few expressions here and there that I wouldn't have used as a native speaker, the message is crystal clear and in fluent language as well. Well done! Οn the former prayer, since you're using dative...
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    Links for Byzantine Music

    Τhe 'O Virgin Theotokos' from the artoklasia service after Dimitrios Sourlandzis (+2006) in Mode Pl. of 1st, chanted by Marios Antoniou (live recording, March 2022): Θεοτόκε Παρθένε, Χαῖρε κεχαριτωμένη Μαρία, ὁ Κύριος μετὰ σοῦ, εὐλογημένη, σὺ ἐν γυναιξί, καὶ εὐλογημένος ὁ καρπὸς τῆς κοιλίας...
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    Links for Byzantine Music

    Kratema in Mode First after Ioannes the Protopsaltes (+1770) chanted by Spyridon Kizirides, Dimitris Kalpakides (from 02:53), live recording in a concert (2009): Kratema in Mode First after Petros the Peloponnesian (+1777), performed by the Orthodox-Byzantine Vocal Ensemble, directed by the...
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    Terirem and types of chant (monody/poliphony)

    Nice seeing you back! Hope you'll prolong your stay 😉
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    Links for Byzantine Music

    Α Kalophonic heirmos (Ode 9 from the Great Paraklesis) after George-Eutychius Ugurlus (+1866) in Mode 1st. Porphyrios Fotopoulos is the chanter: Πρὸς τίνα καταφύγω ἄλλην Ἁγνὴ; ποῦ προσδράμω λοιπὸν καὶ σωθήσομαι; ποῦ πορευθῶ; ποίαν δὲ ἐφεύρω καταφυγήν; ποίαν θερμὴν ἀντίληψιν; ποῖον ἐν ταῖς...
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    Matthew 15:26

    It means puppies, the Lord is making a juxtaposition between the offspring of men and the offspring of dogs
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    Terirem and types of chant (monody/poliphony)

    Why? If one had to prolong the service, either because a gazillion of people are communing or because it's a major feast with many celebrating priests, why not use fa la la, or la la la, or what ever? I don't think that either is disrespectful. God is not going to "get mad" because we're...
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    Links for Byzantine Music

    Kratima in Mode Pl. of 1st Heptaphonic after Panaghiotis Khaladzoglou (+1748) chanted by Christos Kolovos: Kratima in Mode 1st after Petros the Peloponnesian (+1777) chanted by Christos Kolovos: Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/ChristosKolovos/videos
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    Good Orthodox Movies?

    A new series will air soon from the Greek MEGA TV channel with the life of st. Paisios the Hagiorite. From the trailers released, it looks like a nice production: (Only in Greek I'm afraid)
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    Links for Byzantine Music

    Doxastikon for the Sixth Hour from the Theophany Royal Hours in Mode Pl. of 1st after Peter Philanthides (+1915), chanted by Constantine Bousdekis: Τὶ ἀναχαιτίζεις σου τὰ ὕδατα ὦ Ἰορδάνη; τὶ ἀναποδίζεις τὸ ῥεῖθρον, καὶ οὐ προβαίνεις τὴν κατὰ φύσιν πορείαν; Οὐ δύναμαι φέρειν, φησί, πῦρ...
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    Links for Byzantine Music

    Vesperal Idiomelon (Samoglasen) for the Feast of the Baptism of our Lord in the Jordan, after Ioannis Balassios the priest (+1770) in Mode Pl. of 4th, chanted by the Assistant Professor of the Department of Theology and Christian Civilisation (Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki), Ioannis...
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    Female Altar Servers??

    I'm not used to it outside of monasteries of course. The photos from Bulgaria are also peculiar to me. I'm not in a position to judge though since I'm not the ruling bishop, and it's above my pay-grade. Τhe trapeza at Ormylia, Holy Monastery of the Annunciation:
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    Adaptation of Byzantine chant to different languages

    I never met the man in person, from what I heard from friends who learnt the art under him, he was a gentle guy but very demanding as a teacher. And it's true, the correct tempo helps enormously in articulation. After all the music is there to help the people understand the theology, the text...
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    Adaptation of Byzantine chant to different languages

    The presbytera has a good voice but IMHO the tempo destroys her effort. The priest probably was in a hurry and waived to her to end it quickly, but the rushness is not appropriate to a Doxastikon (but we have all gone through that, what else can you do, the celebrating priest is the "boss"...
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    Adaptation of Byzantine chant to different languages

    Vatopedi are good. Here a few samples of the aforementioned chanters: Theodosopoulos 5th Eothinon (Matinal Doxastikon) Great Prokeimenon of Great Lent "Turn not away Thy countenance" Matinal Doxastikon for Great Friday "They have stripped me of my garments" The Apostolic reading for the Feast of...
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    Use Of ἐπιμελέομαι Outside Patristics

    ^This. Military Logistics in Επιμελητεία (f.). Caretaker is Επιμελητής (m.), Επιμελήτρια (f.). An association of local business people, aka Chamber, is Επιμελητήριο (n.). Α hardworking, studious, and assiduous person is Επιμελής (m. and f.), Επιμελές (n.). The verb is the deponent Επιμελούμαι...
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    Adaptation of Byzantine chant to different languages

    Yes he is good, but if you're starting now, better start with recordings of more traditional chanters, not that he's not traditional, but he does some stuff differently.
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    Adaptation of Byzantine chant to different languages

    My teacher the first 2-3 years gave me tons of audio cassettes (yep I'm THAT old) to listen to, mostly recordings of Protopsaltes like Stanitsas and Theodosopoulos. I had to listen to them as a parallel assignment to my study, in order to acquire the correct ὕφος. Learning to chant, as he used...
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    Dozens of monks on Mt. Athos are suffering with Covid-19

    Well, the situation on the Holy Mountain is weird, the majority of the vaccinated monks are the younger generation, and while the virus is devastating for the elderly with underlying diseases, the older monks avoid it like the plague. There are cases, like the Vatopaidi's abbot, Elder Ephrem...
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