Posts by Seraphim Danckaert

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The World’s Oldest Christmas Carol

Published in the middle of the 19th century, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol has captivated the English-speaking world. Hundreds of years before…

Dec 19, 2014
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A Christmas Festival in Ethiopia

David Adams is an Australian explorer and documentarian who travels the world. In a series called “Journeys to the Ends of the Earth” he spends…

Dec 19, 2014
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A Recent Miracle of St. Luke the Blessed Surgeon

Whenever OCN publishes something about St. Luke the Blessed Surgeon, people are amazed at his life and inspired by his witness. Although a Russian saint,…

Dec 18, 2014
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Metropolitan Elias: Christians Are Being Persecuted, But Love Will Prevail

His Eminence Metropolitan Elias of Tyre and Sidon delivered a short address at St. Mary Orthodox Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts after the Western Rite…

Dec 16, 2014
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Metropolitan Kallistos: The Theologian’s Task Is Never Complete

In a recent ceremony, Ss. Cyril and Methodius Theological Institute for Post-Graduate Studies in Russia bestowed a doctorate honoris causa on His Eminence…

Dec 16, 2014
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Christmas Music That Will Take You to Heaven

Although some people complain about Christmas music before Thanksgiving, Orthodox Christians have traditionally started chanting sacred hymns about Christmas…

Dec 15, 2014
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Metropolitan Kallistos Ware on the Jesus Prayer

A distinctive spiritual practice in Orthodox Christianity is the constant repetition of the “Jesus Prayer”: Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God,…

Dec 15, 2014
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An American Punk Drummer Who Is Saving Syrian Orthodox Chant

After discovering there were absolutely no recordings of some of the most ancient of all Christian chanting styles, an American punk drummer decided to…

Dec 12, 2014
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A World-Renown Doctor Turned Russian Orthodox Bishop and Saint

In 1905, a young Russian doctor volunteered to work for the Red Cross. In his memoirs he wrote: For thirteen years I worked twelve to fourteen hours a…

Dec 12, 2014
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Is This the End for Middle Eastern Christians?

A recent article by Douglas Murray in The Spectator asks a pressing question: Why are we abandoning the Middle East’s Christians to Isis? Murray’s…

Dec 11, 2014
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BBC Documentary: Art of Eternity, The Glory of Byzantium

“The Art of Eternity” is a series of three one-hour documentaries on Christian art. Hosted by Andrew Graham-Dixon and first broadcast on BBC…

Dec 10, 2014
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Rachmaninoff’s Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873 – 1943) is one of the best known Russian composers of the 20th century. His works, especially for piano and orchestra, are…

Dec 09, 2014
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