Cantor

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A '''cantor''' (also called a '''chanter''' or '''psaltis''') is a lay person in [[minor orders]] who chants responses and hymns in the services of the church.  Particularly in the [[Byzantine Chant|Byzantine tradition]], the cantor in charge of doing the music for a service is referred to as the '''''protopsaltis''''', a term which may also refer to an office within a [[diocese]] or whole [[jurisdiction]].
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A '''cantor''' (also called a '''chanter'''; in Greek, Ψαλτης - '''psaltis'''; in Slavonic, Пѣвецъ - Pievets) is a lay person in [[minor orders]] who chants responses and hymns in the services of the church.  Particularly in the [[Byzantine Chant|Byzantine tradition]], the cantor in charge of doing the music for a service is referred to as the Π
 
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In modern use, the role of the cantor has been replaced in some traditions by choirs. In this setting, the cantor is sometimes considered the choir director or the person to lead in congregational singing.
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==See also==
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*[[Reader]]
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*[[Minor orders]]
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==Sources==
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*[http://www.goarch.org/en/ourfaith/articles/article8049.asp A Dictionary of Orthodox Terminology - Part 1]
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==External link==
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*[http://www.chrysostom.org/andrew/texts/Readers-and-Cantors.pdf Readers, Cantors, and Church Music in Early Eastern Christian Worship], by [[User:ASDamick|Andrew Stephen Damick]]
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*[http://pages.prodigy.net/frjohnwhiteford/readers.htm Instructions . . . For the Church Reader]
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[[Category:Church Music]]
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[[Category:Clergy]]
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Revision as of 10:08, May 3, 2006

A cantor (also called a chanter; in Greek, Ψαλτης - psaltis; in Slavonic, Пѣвецъ - Pievets) is a lay person in minor orders who chants responses and hymns in the services of the church. Particularly in the Byzantine tradition, the cantor in charge of doing the music for a service is referred to as the Π

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