Православные литургические ресурсы – Orthodox Liturgical Resources

This Web site has been inspired by several parts of my life and is a product of my personal and professional interests, particularly as an Orthodox Christian educator, ethnomusicologist and "amateur" liturgist. For some time I have felt a need to organize my notes from personal studies and written projects, in order to pass these on to the world at large. There is simply no need of storing this information in filing cabinets and in electronic archives if no one will ever benefit from what God has granted me the strength and wit to write about. After all, if we do not dedicate our talents, skills and labours to God and to His Holy Church, then we are but hiding our "talents" and will receive no return on our investment. With this in mind, I freely and humbly offer back to God what He has given me.

SYNAXIS.INFO attempts to provide resources for a number of intimately related fields of study:

item OLD-RITE is the home of the Archive of Russian Old Ritualist Resources, and is devoted to the study of pre-Nikonian Russian liturgics and spirituality (pre-1667 A.D.), as preserved by the Russian Old Believers.

item TRADITION is an expansive collection of resources covering a variety of subjects: Canon Law, Bible (The Divine Scriptures), Orthodox Education Materials (Catechism), Iconography, Orthodox Literature and Homilies, Hagiography (Lives of the Saints), Spiritual Life, and Miscellaneous.

item AZBUKA (ALPHABET) provides resources for: Church Slavonic Language and Orthodox Fonts .

item LITURGICS is dedicated to providing resources for those who are liturgists (clergy, choir directors, ecclesiarchs/ustavshchiki, scholars, etc.) and all who are interested in Eastern Orthodox Christian liturgics. (PLEASE NOTE: The Typicon Translation Project has been temporarily suspended, and is being maintained by two of its former members. Some of the material from this project has been incorporated into this website.)

item PSALOM is the home of the Traditional Eastern Orthodox Chant Documentation Project. It is a space for Orthodox musicologists, as a research tool, an archive of original source materials, and a place for guest musicologists to make their writings available to their colleagues. Of great importance to the Orthodox music community is the ability to identify and become familiar with all the various regional chanting systems, which is one of the prime goals of the Chant Documentation Project.

item KRYLOS is the home of the Library of Znamenny Chant. It is a resource for presenting traditional Znamenny Chant in neumatic notations, both in graphic and database formats.

TECHNICAL NOTES: Even though I am a somewhat experienced Web site designer, I have decided to keep graphics and design at a bare minimum, with a focus upon simplicity, clarity, and rapid access to pages. The majority of HTML pages at this web site have the Windows CP-1251 Russian encoding. For pages in English, the average reader will not notice a difference, but this process will allow all pages with Cyrillic text to be viewed properly. Some pages may contain text in both languages. I apologize to all readers who cannot read Russian, but I simply do not have the time, energy and translations skills necessary to maintain a fully bilingual Web site.

Throughout the Web site there are links to sources on other Web sites. Over time I will attempt to contact the Webmasters of some of the sites that host valuable materials (particularly in Russia) and request permission to mirror that information directly on this site. The reason for this is because several excellent Web sites which have lacked sufficient funding have disappeared or moved to other servers and not been found again (which is indeed very frustrating). The more Web sites that host and archive valuable information, the better the chances of ensuring its survival.

DISCLAIMER: This Web site is owned by Nikita Simmons, a Russian Orthodox Old Believer living in Woodburn, Oregon, U.S.A. Despite my jurisdictional affiliation, I wish to stress that this web site has no official ties or endorsement with any ecclesiastical jurisdiction, nor is it intended as a place of propaganda or controversy. The sole intent and purpose of this Web site is RESEARCH. If there is any personal agenda, I will state here that I am a fairly conservative traditionalist in matters of Orthodox beliefs and practices, and I try to avoid any modernist and unrealistic or unfounded "reconstructionist" approaches to the Orthodox Faith. Therefore, on this Web site most texts of hymns and prayers will contain traditional liturgical English (thee/thou) as opposed to modern translations ("you-who" style). Russian Old Rite liturgical texts will be found in the Old-Rite section of this Web site, while texts of the Russian New Rite (post-Nikonian) and the received Greek Byzantine Rite will be found at the LITURGICS site; the presence of both traditions on my web site is merely for research and comparison, and visitors to my site should not draw any unwarranted conclusions from this.

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