An Award-Winning Russian Animated Film about Christmas

An Award-Winning Russian Animated Film about Christmas

Mikhail Aldashin, a Russian filmmaker, produced “Rozhdestvo” (Christmas) in 1996, winning several awards that year at various Russian and international festivals. Set to the Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G Major, the film is an otherwise silent portrayal of the Christmas story, told with child-like simplicity and occasional fantastical whimsy....

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5 Things You Didn’t Know about Orthodox Christmas

5 Things You Didn’t Know about Orthodox Christmas

A recent article from CBC/Radio-Canada, titled “5 Things You Didn’t Know about Orthodox Christmas,” highlighted the Christmas traditions of a Ukrainian Orthodox Christian family in Canada. The article’s list of five traditions provides a succinct overview of some of Orthodoxy’s most popular ecclesial and cultural practices for Christmastide. The article...

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One-Man Band Sings St. Raphael Kontakion A Capella

One-Man Band Sings St. Raphael Kontakion A Capella

Tyler Mancuso sings the Kontakion of St. Rapahael as a one-man A Capella choir, and the results are staggering. Tyler has been recognized by the Ellen Degeneres show, Yahoo, and even MSN—bringing the light of Christ, through the music of our Orthodox Hymns, to the world. St. Raphael of Brooklyn...

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Orthodox Christians Prepare to Celebrate Christmas as Bitter Cold Strikes Russia

Orthodox Christians Prepare to Celebrate Christmas as Bitter Cold Strikes Russia

Teeth-chattering weather descended on Russia on Christmas Eve, with temperatures falling to -25C in Moscow and -35C in the remote region of Yakutia, as hundreds of thousands of believers are expected to attend Midnight Liturgy in the capital and elsewhere. Believers in Jerusalem are also getting ready for a rare...

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Saint Romanos the Melodist

Saint Romanos the Melodist

Like many saints who lived long ago, we don’t know much about St. Romanos the Melodist, and what we might know isn’t agreed on by all scholars.   We aren’t sure his parents were Christian. There are some experts who think he may have been from a Jewish family. He...

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