Liturgical Music

Antiphon from Siggiewi, Malta
Ad S. Nicolaum, Latin hymn from 1617
Beati Nicolai: Congaudentes exsultemus, popular liturgical sequence dating back to the 11th century
Mass of St Nicholas, Joseph Haydn
  • Apolytikion of St. Nicholas

    Music by Sir John Tavener
    IKON Records IKO 9007,

    Short selection of Orthodox chant on a full recording of the "Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom"

  • Apolytikion of Our Holy Father Nicholas of Myra in Lycia (Wonder-worker)

    Music by Sir John Tavener
    Chester Music, Special Order Edition, copy in Sir Tavener's hand written notation,
    Strict rule of faith, and in age of meekness, of self-discipline teacher,
    You've revealed to your flock the things of truth:
    For this you acquired the highest humility, the richest poverty.
    Holy Father Nicholas, Pray to Christ God to save our souls

    Written in 1988 at the request of Nicholas Tuckett, specifically for a recording made by the Kastalsky Chamber Choir in London. "Apolytikion" is a Greek word meaning dismissal hymn. The text is a brief extolling of the saint's virtues followed by the invocation "Holy Father Nicholas, pray to Christ God to save our souls", at which point the music changes from flowing melodiousness to a powerful expanding chord which then contracts again, to end on an octave.
    —Ivan Moody

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  • Good and Faithful Servant

    Choir of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church
    Archpriest Stephan Meholick, Director,
    San Anselmo, California

    This collection of liturgical music around the church year includes St. Nicholas Lítia verse, St. Nicholas Kontakion, and St. Nicholas Exapostilarion.

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  • Great Vespers of Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker

    The Schola Cantorum of Saint Peter the Apostle
    J. Michael Thompson, Director,
    The Byzantine Catholic Seminary of SS Cyril and Methodius

    The Great Vespers includes hymnody, and an intercessory procession connected with the Saint Nicholas.
    Complete text and audio files

    Purchase from Byzantine Seminary Press

  • The St. Nicholas Service (Rite A)

    The Choirs of St Mary's Collegiate Church, Warwick, England
    Music by Simon Lole,
    Regent: REGCD107
    Gloria, Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnus Dei

    Composer's note: Based on ideas used at Croydon Parish Church and sets Rite A words in a simple and approachable way.

  • Jubilee Mass in Honor of Saint Nicholas

    Music by Flor Peeters
    Choral Score, Edition Peters No. 66289, C. F. Peters Corporation, New York,
    for Mixed Voices and Organ
    Settings for Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Benedictus, and Agnus Dei

    Setting of the western eucharistic rite, dedicated to the honor of St. Nicholas.

  • St. Nikolaus Messe

    Music by Alfred Hochedlinger; text by Leopold Wandl
    Alfred Hochedlinger Zeitgemäße Kirchenmusik, 1992, 2013
    Mauthausen, Austria
    Complete Mass for mixed (SATB) choir, choral score with organ
    Score samples

    The text is by Upper Austrian dialect poet Leopold Wandl; both author and composer were born in Mauthausen and the Mass premiered on Ascension 1992 in the Pfarrkirche St. Nikolaus, Mauthausen. The Mass has text variations for St. Nicholas, St. Hubert, Christmas, and a "neutral" version. The Mass includes, Introit, Opening song, Kyrie, Gloria, Hallelujah, Bidding, Offertory, Sanctus, Agnus Dei, Benediction, with some congregational singing; available for SABT and organ and wind quartet.

    Purchase from Alfred Hochedlinger Zeitgemäße Kirchenmusik

  • Mass in Honor of Saint Nicholas in G Major

    Music by Franz Joseph Haydn
    Choral Score, Kalmus K 06242, Warner Bros. Publications,
    for Soli, Chorus and Orchestra with Latiin text
    Settings for Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Benedictus, and Agnus

    Powerful setting of the western eucharistic rite, dedicated to the honor of St. Nicholas;
    many recordings available

  • Sainteté Russe: Russian Holiness Orthodox Chants

    Chœur Saint Nicolas
    Studio SM D2543/SM 62,
    One Nicholas selection: Tropaire a Saint Nicolas

  • Russia: Popular and Traditional Songs

    Chœr Svetylène
    Harmonia Mundi CD RUS 788167,
    Includes Verset spirituel de Saint Nicolas, a short spiritual verse to Saint Nicholas:

    Whoever loves Saint Nicholas,
    whoever serves Saint Nicholas

  • Akathist to St. Nicholas

    Chanted in English by Dr. Jane M. de Vyver
    Firebird Productions, audio tape A-11,
    Tape #4: A Treasury of Orthodox Christian Prayers, Vol. 2

    Each Akathist is an extended hymn-prayer of veneration, thanksgiving, and petition, in 13 sections

  • Moleiben and Akathist to St. Nicholas the Wonderworker:

    with the ringing of church bells
    St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Howell, New Jersey,
    St. Herman's Conference 1997
    CD SHC975

    The Moleiben is a service of thanksgiving

    Purchase from Orthodox Christian Recorded Books

  • There is Joy in Bethlehem: Orthodox Hymns of the Nativity

    The Fellowship of St. John the Divine Choir

    This collection of hymns for Advent and Nativity includes the Troparion for Saint Nicholas and the traditional Russian Hymn To Saint Nicholas.

  • Hymns of Praise (Troparia and Kontakia): For Sunday School and Choir

    Traditional Melodies Transmitted and Arranged by James C. Meena, Priest
    The Syrian-Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of New York and All North America,
    Second Edition 1964
    Music notation

    Includes the Troparion for Saint Nicholas—Dec. 6 TONE 4

    Purchase from Self-Ruled Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese Publications Dept

  • Greatly Rejoice: Orthodox Christmas Hymns and Carols

    St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church Choir, Bethlehem Pennsylvania
    Includes O, who loves Nicholas the Saintly and the short Bells of Saint Nicholas

  • Myron Melodikon – Orthros for St. Nicholas

    Chanter's Choir of St. Nicholas
    Sabbas Kenanides AB041,

    The service for Orthros (Greek Matins) for the Feast of St. Nicholas. Traditional contemporary Byzantine chant of thirteen selections for the service.

  • We Are Guarded by Thy Cross . . . Church Chants and Old Ukrainian Canticles

    Children's Choir of St. Elija Orthodox Church, Kyiv
    We Are Guarded by Thy Cross . . . Church Chants and Old Ukrainian Canticles,

    The first children's choir in the Ukraine in over 100 years. Selections include the Canticle to Saint Nicholas.

  • Missa Sancti Nicolai

    Nicholas O'Neill
    Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnus Dei
    Musical notation PDF

    For Nicholas Gale, Thomas Wilson, and the gentlemen and boys of St George's Cathedral Southwark

  • Akathist to St. Nicholas the Wonderworker

    Ss. Andrew and Vladimir Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral,
    Kyiv, Ukraine

    Akathist to Saint Nicholas chanted in Church Slavonic.

  • Saint Nicholas: Archbishop of Myra in Lycia
    The Renown of Fathers

    TROPOS Byzantine Choir
    Centre for the Study of the Art of Chant, 2008
    Athens, Greece
    Text in Greek and English
    Small hard bound book with CD

    Nine tracks in honor of St. Nicholas, many published for the first time; book contains an address by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, information about Saint Nicholas, description, commentary on, and poetry texts of the chants, illustrated by icons from Mount Athos

Antiphon and Hymn to St. Nicholas from Siggiewi, Malta

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