In keeping with my goal to publish resources for hymn study as my family needs them, I am happy to present this year’s hymn study booklet edition.
This year, we will be studying the resurrectional troparia (apolytikia) in our homeschool. In addition, some of us in our home sing in the choir and want to memorize which tone is which (there are 8 tones in Russian-style Orthodox music), so I am providing a mnemonic aide to each tone with the packet this year.
It was so interesting to me that, as I typed out the words to the resurrectional troparia, which we sing every single Sunday (in rotation), and that I have been singing for 20 years now, I actually noticed things that I hadn’t paid any attention to before. If I had a question about what something meant, I started digging so I could find the answers and put those in the parent notes pages.
Because I was limited not only by the number of weeks in the school year, but also by the fact that there are 8 tones, I arranged it so that each tone is sung for three weeks, with a final three weeks at the end of the school year for review.
Here’s the plan:
Weeks 1-4: Tone 1 Resurrectional Troparia and the Troparia for Theophany as the Memory Aid
Weeks 5-8: Tone 2 Resurrectional Troparia and the Troparia for the Myrrhbearing Women (which begins “The angel came to the myrrhbearing women…”)
Weeks 9-12: Tone 3 Resurrectional Troparia and the Troparia for the Nativity of Christ
Weeks 13-16: Tone 4 Resurrectional Troparia and the Troparia for St. John of the Ladder
Weeks 17-20: Tone 5 Resurrectional Troparia and the Troparia for the Beheading of John the Baptist
Weeks 21-24: Tone 6 Resurrectional Troparia and the Troparia for Ascension
Weeks 25-28: Tone 7 Resurrectional Troparia and the Troparia for the Transfiguration
Weeks 29-32: Tone 8 Resurrectional Troparia and the Troparia for Pentecost
Weeks 33-36: Review of all Previous Troparia
If you want to purchase the booklet with all the links for sheet music and videos as well as pages with hand motions and explanations for the memory aid hymns I chose, you can do that at my Etsy shop.