On this page will be found links to various Eastern liturgies. In his Apostolic Letter Orientale Lumen John Paul II (of blessed memory) stated the Catholic position on the value of the Eastern heritage:
Since, in fact, we believe that the venerable and ancient tradition of the Eastern Churches is an integral part of the heritage of Christ's Church, the first need for Catholics is to be familiar with that tradition, so as to be nourished by it and to encourage the process of unity in the best way possible for each.
For background on the various Eastern Christian Churches see:
Links verified and updated 6/06/05.
Armenian Liturgical Resources (text, audio, video)
Assyrian Church of the East
Byzantine Orthodox (Greek, Russian, etc.)
Overview of Divine Liturgy from St Elias Ukrainian Catholic in Toronto.
Video of Proskomide Service --Service Performed During Orthros (Matins) preparing the bread and wine for the celebration of the Eucharist. (Requires Quicktime.)
Synopsis of Proskomide Service (includes vesting before Liturgy).
Cherubic Hymn (another version)
Click here for Divine Liturgy selections from St Elias Ukrainian Greek Catholic parish in
Click here for audio of Orthros & Divine Liturgy from St Lawrence Orthodox Church.
Click here for other audio files from various liturgical services from St Elias (UGC).
Listen to these liturgical recordings chanted in English:
The Akathist Hymn (attributed to St Romanos the Melodist--6th century)
The Orthros Service of Pascha (attributed to St John of Damascus--early 8th century)
Hymns of Holy Week sung in English by the choir of Holy Trinity Cathedral.
The Service of Salutations to the Most Holy Theotokos also from the Greek Archdiocese Website. While reading this text you can also listen to it chanted.This service is traditionally celebrated on the Fridays of Great Lent.
Vespers video file from the same pilgrimage.
Galician Antiphons & Enarxis audio recordings.
Various audio recordings from the choir of Christ the Savior Church.
Click here to hear various music selections from Orthotracts.org
Click here for audio files from the radio program "Icons in Sound: The Beauty of Orthodox Liturgical Chant." Includes many liturgical recordings.
Click here for Ancient Faith Radio--a 24 hour Internet Radio Station--plays streaming music and sermons.
Listen to Coptic Liturgy of St Basil in English online recording--some Coptic.
Recording of St Basil Liturgy with Fr Anthony Hanna from www.tasbeha.org
(Probably the most understandable online recording in English. Includes introductory prayers.)
Congregation Responses for St Basil Liturgy (audio recordings)
Listen to Coptic Liturgy of St Gregory in English online recording (some Coptic).
Liturgy Lessons Videos -- excellent video instructions on the Divine Liturgy.
Theotokia for Saturday--Part 1 (Marian hymn. Listen to it chanted in Coptic
Theotokia for Saturday--Part 2 with English flash text in Vespers Praises below.)
Click here to listen to Theotokia for Saturday chanted in Coptic along with English text.
Vespers Praises audio recording--chanted in Coptic. Text is displayed in English in flash movie format.
Annual and Kiahk Holy Psalmody -- very large pdf file 500+ pages.
Holy Psalmody of Sunday online recording in English from St Antony Monastery
The Psalmody of Advent (with icons, longer download)
The Psalmody of Advent (text only, shorter download)
Coptic Hymns--Text from Diocese of the Southern United States
Downloadable Syrian liturgical texts (English translation in zip files)
Syrian Orthodox Prayer Book (English translation)
Explanation of the Syrian Liturgy (Qurbana) with link to video of Liturgy
For information on the historical development of various lectionaries
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