Presvytera Vassi Makris Haros is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Art, Architecture & Planning and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. She is the owner, designer and photographer of V’s Cardbox, In Service and Love. a greeting card company featuring cards with an Orthodox voice. She strongly feels that experiencing the Orthodox Faith through the church’s cyclical calendar of feasts and fasts is a gift that is too often overlooked.
Christ is Born! Glorify Him!
In honor of our Orthodox brothers and sisters celebrating Christmas according to the Julian Calendar, here is an lovely animation of the Nativity story by film maker Michael Aldashin*.
In this short film, set to Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G Major, there are no words.
Aldashin follows the Nativity story of Christ’s birth from the Annunciation to the census in Bethlehem to the Heralding Angels. There are Three Kings, a manger, shepherds and a baby Jesus.
Aldashin also adds a few artistic privileges. He demonstrates the Angel’s cry of “Peace on Earth, Good Will to All” with random acts of kindness as the angel breaks up a fight between the shepherds, stops a lion from eating a bunny, and scolds fishermen from catching fish, instructing them to release it.
I imagine they are part of the Slavic culture or folklore. Feel free to comment below if you are familiar with these customs.
This sweet movie is a good teaching tool for little children.
*Michael Aldashin – one of the leading filmmakers in the studio “Pilot”. All of his films have earned success in many countries at various international festivals. The film “Christmas”, shot in 1997 in the same year won the award for best director and the first place in the professional ranking of the All-Russian animation festival in Tarusa; ICF “Goldfish” in Moscow – the prize for the best professional film for children. He was also awarded as the best animated film at the International Film Festival “Message to Man” in St. Petersburg, he won the Special Jury Prize and the prize “Krokpressi” ICF “Krok” in Kiev, the prize of “Golden Dove” in Leipzig and was nominated for the prize of the Russian Academy “Nika”. (According to the information on YOUTUBE and the Translation websites.)
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