Hymn, Melody and Ikon in our Liturgical Tradition

Course Information
TitleΎμνος, μέλος και εικόνα στη Λειτουργική μας παράδοση / Hymn, Melody and Ikon in our Liturgical Tradition
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorGeorgios Xeilas
Course ID600014146

Programme of Study: Anamorfōméno PPS Tmīmatos THeologías (2020)

Registered students: 10
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective CoursesSpring-3

Class Information
Academic Year2020 – 2021
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID

Class Schedule

HallΕξ αποστάσεως (900)
CalendarΔευτέρα 18:00 έως 21:00
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Knowledge Deepening / Consolidation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Examination)
  • Italian (Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, students should be able to: -Define basic terms of ecclesiastical hymnography -Classify development stages of ecclesiastical hymnography -Distinguish the types of hymns, their inclusion in the divine Worship and their theological interpretation -Record the evolution and importance of Byzantine music, -Recognize the species of the member -Specify the implicit relationship between the anthem and the member as well as the implicit relationship between anthem and member and -Describe the functional dimension of the Byzantine icon and its place in the Temple, to evaluate the importance of its worship, its Eucharistic importance and the hymnographic references to it -Value the role of Liturgical Tradition within the context of Theology
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Respect natural environment
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
This course studies the terminology and development of ecclesiastical hymnography, the types of hymns, their incorporation in Divine Worship and their theological interpretation. It explores the development and importance of Byzantine music, the types of melody as well as the ineffable relationship between hymn and melody. It also examines the liturgical dimension of the Byzantine icon, such as its place in the Church, the significance of its veneration, its Eucharistic importance and the hymnographic references to it.
hymnography, hymn, Byzantine music, Byzantine icon, melody
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
a) use of the computer and the projector for the presentation of slides, hymns with sound and announcements concerning the subsections of the course b) use of the internet and search for topics related to the courses of the course
Course Organization
Reading Assigment170.7
Written assigments160.6
Student Assessment
Students are asked, in writing and orally, questions about the topics developed in the lesson. It is assessed whether they clearly give their answers and whether they can develop a personal critical attitude towards what they have studied.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
1. Παναγιώτη Ι. Σκαλτσή,<<Μυσταγωγία εστί τα τελούμενα.Ερμηνευτικά Υπομνήματα της Θείας Λειτουργίας κατά τον 19ο αι.(Σειρά Λειτουργικά και Υμνολογικά Παράλληλα),εκδ.Κυριακίδη ,Θεσσαλονίκη 2020. 2. Παναγιώτης Τρεμπέλας, Εκλογή Ελληνικής Ορθοδόξου Υμνογραφίας, εκδ. «Ο Σωτήρ», Αθήνα 2007.
Additional bibliography for study
1.Θεοχάρη Δετοράκη,Βυζαντινή Υμνογραφία(Πανεπιστημιακές Παραδόσεις),Ηράκλειο 1997. 2.Θεοδώρου Ξύδη,Βυζαντινή Υμνογραφία ,εκδ.Νικόδημος,1978. 3.Συμεών Κούτσα(Αρχιμ.,νυν Μητρ.Νέας Σμύρνης),Οι Καταβασίες των Δεσποτικών και Θεομητορικών Εορτών,κείμενο,μετάφραση,σχόλια,εκδ.,<<Τέρτιος>>,Κατερίνη 1994. 4.Ιωάννου Χρ.Κωνσταντινίδου,Υμνολογία,έκδ.Γ',Αθήναι 1981. 5.Παναγιώτη Κ.Χρήστου,Θεολογικά Μελετήματα.Υμνογραφικά.,Θεσσαλονίκη 1981.
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