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8 years ago  ::  Dec 03, 2007 - 7:28PM #1
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One of the common responses to questions about the Orthodox faith is to come and see.  Modern technology gives us the ability to extend that invitation in ways not available before. Here follows some Orthodox content available on You Tube that will allow you to see and hear and perhaps learn a little more about us.

Music: One of the first things many notice about Orthodox worship and piety is our music. It is an aural icon if you will, an ear to the keyhole of heaven.
1. A visual tour of Orthodoxy. A montage of images of icons, churches, monastics, and parishioners at worship set to the music of an Orthodox hymn.:

2. Some images of an old Orthodox cathedral set to the music of the Axion Estin and the Kyrie Elison:

3. A hymn from within the Romanian Orthodox tradition:

4. Russian Valaam Chant:

5. Bells. In the Orthodox tradition bell ringing is a liturgical art, a call to prayer for all the faithful both living and reposed, a joyful noise that invites all who worship the living God in heaven and on earth to join in worship and thanksgiving: (Optina Pustin monastery produced many Saints and Martyrs in recent history, and continued until Soviet times a great tradition of holy elders. (Christmas chime crying out "Christ is Born, Glorify Him" The harmonics of the big bells here are amazing. Be sure to read the "about this video" section on this one.)

6. Bilo, flat bells:

7. Orthodox Basso Profundo. Some of the lowest voices in the world raised to the glory of God:

8. Orthodox Paschal Hymns sung by Gaitanaros:

1. Here is a you tube series covering the history of the Orthodox church...a little on the academic lectury side of the universe but some like that sort of thing. The link is to the first in the series; the rest can be found from it. :

Teachers and teachings:
Here follows a few glimpses of some of our better contemporary teachers of the faith. Some are recently reposed and of these some were in their own time considered living saints:

1. Fr. Dimitry Staniloae:

2. Elder Cleopas. A great miracle working Romanian elder who was looked upon as a living saint. His great prayer for so many who came to him was, "May paradise/heaven consume you": On the Fear of God:
On Prayer:

3. Elder Justin Parvu of Petru Voda, on our present need:

4. An Orthodox bishop discoursing upon creation:

Worship. This is something that just must be experienced. But here is a taste:

1. Russian All Night Vigil (a combination of Vespers Compline and Matins): // (part 1) (part 2)  (As the clergy circuit the temple censing the icons the faithful are enclosed in the trail of the incense and finally they are censed themselves from before the altar showing that all the church in heaven and on earth stand united in prayer.

2 The opening words to the Divine Liturgy:

3. A Bishop vesting. Traditionally a bishop vests for the Divine Liturgy in the midst of his flock:

4. (Scenes of the Orthodox Monastic republic on Mt. Athos...the Holy Mountain and of notable recent Sts and elders and other monastics at prayer)

5. Baptism and Crismation:

6. Funeral of a bishop: ( In Orthodox theology the body is not just a shell, a temporary repository for the soul but is a part of the whole person which will be raised, reunited and transformed in the last day. Bodies of Orthodox least of Mt. Athos do not exhibit rigor mortis. Often bodies of Orthodox living saints do not decay, rather they desiccate and mummify and give off a sweet fragrance. Some exude myrrh and oil. A very few remain natural looking for many years. The skulls of priests are said to the bear the indent/mark of the cross on their skulls where they were anointed and ordained. The body of a reposed Orthodox Christian is brought into the temple and the psalms are read over them all night long.

7. An Orthodox monastic meal:

8. Paschal celebration:

That should be enough for now...not that it is by any stretch exhaustive. Please ask any question you like about anything you see. We will do our best to find you a good answer.

the unworthy seraphim
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8 years ago  ::  Dec 03, 2007 - 8:44PM #2
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I forgot to put this non you tube link in the teachers section.  It is a list of Orthodox podcasts on Ancient Faith Radio:
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7 years ago  ::  Dec 13, 2008 - 5:32PM #3
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Wow...seems more spiritual than the average CHristian denomination. Very cool.
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