Byzantine Music and the Psaltic Art


An essential part of worship in the church's liturgical life is the Psaltic Art. The chanters, along with the choir, lead the people to Eucharistic worship. With the readings of the Old and New Testament, the people are taught the Word of God. With the psalms and the hymns of the church the people are taught how to glorify God. "I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have my being. May my meditation be sweet to Him; I will be glad in the Lord" (Ps. 104). The mission of the Annunciation Cathedral Byzantine Music Ministry is to spread and teach the Psaltic Art to all people, and to hand this tradition off to the next of generations. All members of the community, our youth, and our young adults, are invited to join in prayer at the chant stand on Sundays and Feast Day services, to participate and learn about this life-giving liturgical tradition. 

Services are offered every Sunday, with Orthros (Matins) beginning at 8:30 am, followed by the Divine Liturgy at 10:00 am. Please refer to our parish calendar and Bulletin regarding weekday services and Feast Day dates. 


 Meet our Chanter

Philippos Gurguliatos is a native of Massachusetts. He is a rising senior at Hellenic College Holy Cross, with plans to graduate with a bachelor's degree in Religious Studies and Education. Philippos has studied and completed the Byzantine Music Curriculum at Hellenic College Holy Cross, under the instruction of Fr. Romanos Karanos, and has received the GOA Certificate of Byzantine Music. Philippos is an active member of the Archdiocesan Byzantine Choir and Hellenic College Holy Cross Byzantine Choir. Currently, Philippos is enrolled in Σχολειον Ψαλτικης in Athens, Greece, pursuing a diploma in Byzantine Music. As the chanter of The Annunciation Cathedral in Boston, Philippos looks to continue his work in the Psaltic Art for years to come.