Gearing up for the Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearing Women

This is a special Sunday for me as it was the first Orthodox Divine Liturgy I attended as an inquirer. That day I obtained a book on the faith (The Orthodox Church by Kallistos Ware) and never looked back.

Exapostilarion of the Feast (the original melody)

Johann von Gardner was the Russian musician and musicologist who uncovered this Exapostilarion Special Melody and helped to revive its use. The origin is an old Russian ‘Put melody.

People sing this with variations in the rhythm. Gardner himself produced different versions of this melody, one more melodic and slow-moving, the other more syncopated.

Arranged for Men’s Trio: Hearken Ye Women
Arranged for Women’s Trio: Hearken Ye Women

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St. Thomas Sunday

The week after Bright Week is the commemoration of St. Thomas. It starts with St.  Thomas Sunday, also called Antipascha, which is unique in that many of the paschal hymns are laid aside and this new theme of St. Thomas comes into focus.

Each week of Pentecost is (in form at least) very like a great feast, in that it is followed by a week of “after-feast” during which several elements are repeated throughout the week: the canon, the troparia, kontakia and exapostilaria.

St. Thomas Sunday Troparion

Thomas Sunday Hypakoe (Lesser Znamenny Chant)

Exapostilaria for Antipascha (St. Thomas Sunday)

For a setting of the Irmoi of Sunday’s canon, similar to the common setting of the Paschal canon, try this link for a download.