We finally end the Christmas season with the Feast of the Nativity using the Julian Calendar. We wish you who celebrate today a wonderful Christmas and a very prosperous 2017!
[Music] Fairuz – Christmas Songs From Syria فيروز أغاني الميلاد
An early Christmas present for my friends on the Gregorian calendar, courtesy of Fairuz.
[Music] Measuring The Sound Of Angels Singing
UCLA professor Sharon Gerstel’s work in studying how Byzantine church architecture helped to enhance the sound of liturgical chants was featured at UCLA’s Newsroom blog.
[Music] Abir Nehme – Ya Mariam
One of Lebanon’s jewels, Abir Nehme is singing here in Syriac.
[Music] Mizar – Svjat Dreams
Behind only Laibach and Bijelo Dugme (White Button), Mizar were the most powerful name in the Balkan rock music scene, and crossed over into Darkwave with ease. This is a cover of The Eurhythmics’ classic hit, “Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This,” done with a heavy dose of Byzantine goth.
[Music] Ivan Kozlovskiy – Ukrainian Christmas Carols (rec.1947)
We drift gently into the Nativity with a few Ukrainian Christmas Carols performed by tenor Ivan Kozlovskiy and orchestra.
[Music] Chorus Archdiocese of Tripoli and Koura and Surroundings Orthodox – Give Thanks Unto The Lord
An appropriate piece for the Thanksgiving holiday. May you all have a wonderful one with family and friends by your side.
[Film] The Silent Angel (Teaser)
Dobri Dobrev is perhaps one of the most beautiful human beings on the planet. A Bulgarian Orthodox Christian, deaf from a bombing attack during World War II, he has become a living saint, showing the sort of humility that has gained him admirers even from the atheist world.
Grandpa Dobri, as he is known to those whom he sees in his trips to the city daily, is the subject of the documentary, The Silent Angel. Consider watching it when it comes to your area.
The good will is just and true. Everything in it is good. We must not lie, nor steal, nor commit adultery. We must love each other as God loves us.
[Sample] Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble – Wintersongs
Kitka come as an absolute surprise to my ears. A group of American women who do justice to the Eastern Orthodox choral music of Russia, Bulgaria, Romania and other locales, they treat the material with reverence and sing in a nearly angelic manner. One of the best choral collections I’ve heard in some time.