Sunday, August 17, 2014

Feast of the Dormition

We have prepared a choral arrangement (SATB) of Rejoice, O Purest Mother (Veselisja, Vo Čistot'i), a well-known hymn traditionally associated with this Great Feast of the Church.

The melodic theme of this hymn may also be embraced in traditional fashion by chanting the Cherubim Hymn and Anamnesis Acclamation to the same melody. This can also be done in the post-festive period.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

On Mount Tabor - The Feast of the Transfiguration

Propers, hymns and hymn selection (order of worship) for the Solemn Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ (Wednesday, August 6, 2014), are available on the For the Faithful resource page.

Epistle - 2nd Peter 1:10-19
Gospel - Matthew 17:1-9

Festal Tone

NOTE: We have prepared and included a para-liturgical hymn for the Feast of the Transfiguration entitled "On Mount Tabor". The melody is taken from the hymn "Na Tavori Preobrazivsja" included in the 1969 Prešov hymnal, Duchovňi Pisňi compiled by Fr. Štefan Papp. The English lyrics are an adapted translation of those from the original hymn, prepared with the generous assistance of Susan Tychnowicz, a member of our parish chant group.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

The Basics of Byzantine-Ruthenian Chant | Upcoming Review Sessions @ Resurrection (Smithtown, NY) Parish


Wednesday, the 7th of May in the Year of Our Lord 2014

Dear friends & fellow chanters:

Christ is risen!

By popular demand, we will be beginning a series of evening sessions over the summer and into the fall to review the basics of chant in our tradition and Metropolitan Church.

As decided with the Smithtown chanters this past Sunday, and as will be announced in the parish bulletins in Smithtown and Westbury this weekend, we have scheduled the first of these sessions for Thursday, May 15th @ 7PM.

These sessions will be open to all interested, and it is envisioned that we will follow a basic curriculum as suggested by the Metropolitan Cantor Institute for review of the settings and text as it appears in and was intended to be used from the green pew book issued by the Archeparchy in 2006. This has been our official text since the feast of Sts. Peter & Paul in June 2007. Despite its near seven years of availability and use, many parishes and faithful still struggle with the "new" text and revised notation for a number of standard hymns and responses.

While these sessions will be open to all interested (our chanters, parishioners, faithful & friends), it will be geared to ensure we as chanters and active faithful have a firm command of the basics, as a foundation for later sessions on harmonized chant and choral works for our chant group.

I plan to consult with my regular contacts at the MCI, as well as our own local cantors, for setting the curriculum forward and will publish the same ASAP, but no later than the Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord. The schedule and curriculum will be highlighted regularly on our blog:

Please plan to attend if you can, and coax as many of your fellow parishioners as you can to come as well. You all know who the chanters are among us!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

For the Faithful: Scheduled Services for the Great Fast, Holy Week,Pascha & Bright Week (2014)

Our For the Faithful resource page now includes the complete schedule of services for the Resurrection (Smithtown, NY) parish for the remainder of the Great Fast, Holy Week, Pascha and Bright Week, through and including Thomas Sunday (the Second Paschal Sunday).

Of special note, the Feast of the Annunciation of the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary is next Tuesday, March 25th. We will celebrate Vespers with Divine Liturgy on the evening of this Great Feast at 7PM. NOTE: the Feast of the Annunciation is a Holy Day of Obligation for all Byzantine Catholics of the Metropolitan Church of Pittsburgh.

Hymns, propers & order of worship guides for upcoming services will be linked to this page in coming days, with announcements on periodic updates made via blog post.

We look forward to joining with you in prayer as we await and soon celebrate the joyful message of the Resurrection, our patronal feast!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

In honor of our dear pastor of Irish descent and the original patron saint of our own church, we wish all of our friends the luck of the Irish today and always!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Come Now All You Faithful

As we begin the third week of the Great Fast, we will be resuming our blog ministry in anticipation of Pascha and beyond.

Please note that propers and order of worship for each upcoming Sunday will be posted here, but will also be available via link on the main page of the Resurrection Smithtown website, usually by Wednesday evening.

Please join us once again in exploring the richness of our plainchant tradition!