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Upon successful completion of their program, Seminary students are granted the Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy. For further information, click on the "Philosophy Program" link. St. Basil Seminary also offers a unique Ukrainian and Byzantine sequence of courses as follows:


Mu 101 Elementary Liturgical Chant I 0 credit

Introduction to the Byzantine-Ukrainian (Galician) tonal system; common responses to the Divine Liturgy, Resurrectional troparia and prokimena; common devotional hymns. (Each course utilizes texts in Church Slavonic, Ukrainian, and English.)


Mu 102 Elementary Liturgical Chant II 0 credit

Continuation of the basics of the tonal system: Common responses to Vespers, Samohlasny tones and introductory verses; Presanctified Liturgy, Liturgy of St. Basil the Great; seasonal devotional hymns.


Mu 201 Intermediate Liturgical Chant I 0 credit

Chanting of Scriptural readings, Requiem services; Bulgarian tones and frequently used Podobny; continuation of common and seasonal devotional hymns.


Mu 202 Intermediate Liturgical Chant II 0 credi

Chanting of seasonal and occasional offices. Special consideration is given to Jerusalem and Paschal Matins, Christmas and Jordan Compline. Seasonal hymns from Bohohlasnyk, time permitting.


Hi 403 Ukrainian Catholic Church History 3 credits

A study of the history of the Ukrainian Catholic Church; the flourishing of the Church in western Ukraine under the Hapsburgs; the Church under the Communist regime; the Ukrainian Catholic Church in the diaspora.


Gk 101 Elementary Greek I 3 credits

Inflections, vocabulary, syntax. Elementary Greek II Continuation of Gk 101. Reading from biblical and contemporary texts.


La 101 Elementary Latin I 3 credits

Ecclesiastical inflections, vocabulary and syntax. Readings drawn from appropriate texts. Relevant topics in Roman culture.


La 102 Elementary Latin II 3 credits

Readings in Ecclesiastical Latin.


Sl 301 Introduction to Church Slavonic 3 credits

Cyrillic alphabet; Church Slavonic phonetics; pronunciation; grammatical forms. Sentence construction; grammatical forms; study of liturgical texts, especially the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom.


Uk 101 Elementary Ukrainian I 3 credits

Introduction to the alphabet characters; Phonetics; Pronunciation; Intonation; Fundamental grammatical forms.


Uk 102 Elementary Ukrainian II 3 credits

Emphasis on reading in Ukrainian language; vocabulary building and conversation.


Uk 302 Modern Ukrainian Literature I 3 credits

Principal authors studied are: Kotliarevskyj; Shevchenko, Vovckok, P. Kulish, Franko, Ukrainca, Oles, Kotsiubynskyi and Stefanyk; Ukrainian emigre literature.


Uk 303 Modern Ukrainian Literature II 3 credits

Principal authors studied are: Tychyna, Rylsky, Bazhan, M. Kulish, Zerov, Pluzhnyk, Anovs’kyi, Khvylovyi, Pidmohylnyi, Symonenko, Vinhranovskyi, Yanovskyi, Kocherha, Kostenko, and Drach.


Re 101 Introduction to the Old Testament 3 credits

The teaching of the Magisterium regarding the OT; the OT canon; the historicity of the OT books; a survey of the main events of OT history; answers to common objections; salvation history; Old Covenant; promise of the Messiah.


Re 105 Basic Christian Doctrine I 3 credits

Introduction to the basic teachings of the Catholic Church: Christ the Truth: all the articles of the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed; and Christ the Life: the sacraments, Divine Liturgy-Mass, sacramentals, prayer, devotions, and liturgical services.


Re 106 Basic Christian Doctrine II 3 credits

Introduction to the basic teachings of the Catholic Church: Christ the Way: The two great commandments, the commandments of God and Church, the spiritual and corporal works of mercy, the evangelical counsels, and vocations.


Re 303 Divine Worship 3 credits

Liturgical theology; nature of worship; the people of God as a worship community; laws of the liturgical celebration; the history and development of the Byzantine Liturgy; the comparative approach to the understanding of the Liturgy in the Byzantine Church; Liturgical commentaries and liturgical instructions.


Re 404 Catechetics 3 credits

General principles of learning applied to religious education; organizing and conducting parish catechetical programs; examination of texts.


Eparchy of Stamford: St. Basil SeminaryCantors Program


Liturgical worship is at the heart of Ukrainian Catholic Church life, and by it the faithful are spiritually fed and enriched. The experience of worship shapes our ecclesiastical identity and is a cornerstone of spiritual formation. At the same time, our contemporary liturgical life in the United States of America is lacking well educated and experienced cantors.


Therefore, it is necessary to establish training in both musical and rubrical dimensions of worship. In the Cantors Program students will be trained in the theory and practice of the Divine Liturgy and the daily, festal, and seasonal cycle of services, thus providing the necessary framework for understanding and learning patterns of the liturgical office. It is expected that this liturgical framework, together with parish participation in the cycle of services, will prepare cantors to sing with beauty and majesty in their respective parish communities. Each course utilizes texts in Church Slavonic, Ukrainian, and English.


Suggested sequence of courses in the Cantors Program:


Mu 101 Elementary Liturgical Chant I


Mu 102 Elementary Liturgical Chant II


Mu 201 Intermediate Liturgical Chant I


Mu 202 Intermediate Liturgical Chant II


Rubrical dimension:

Typicon; Order of Services (Ordo Celebrationis); Liturgical Instructions; laws of liturgical celebration; historical development of the Byzantine-Ukrainian Office; the origin of liturgical year; its cycles: daily, weekly, paschal; the Liturgical Hours as a school of prayer.