Friday, November 02, 2007

New Online Video Service

HT to Catholic World News for an article about a new Christian Video service called GodTube. The website intends to provide an alternative to the popular YouTube and is designed in in similar fashion, but with Christian videos. While some of the material is decidedly anti-Catholic (so caution is in order) and a few videos are mocking (Weird Al Yankovic, etc. have not been pulled - I guess they haven't noticed these yet), I have found a few good videos. Amongst them, the below video featuring the Vespers Hymn O Joyful Light sung in Arabic. Beautiful! (The text in English is below the video.)

O Joyful Light of the holy glory of the Father immortal: heavenly, holy, blessed Jesus Christ! Since we have come to the setting of the sun and have seen the evening light, we praise God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. It is proper for You to be praised at all times by fitting melodies. O Son of God, Giver of Life, therefore the world glorifies You!

And here is the same hymn in Greek (although not the more popular tune used in most parishes)!

Finally, as a bonus, a nice Arabic language description of the traditional Byzantine Iconistasion. Perhaps someone with better Arabic skills will send me a translation of the written commentary (although it's fairly easy to see what is intended). On the other hand, I might post a description and reflection on the Iconistasion in the near future.

PS, Blessed All Souls Day to our Roman brethren! And a belated Blessed All Saints Day as well. (Byzantine Catholics and Orthodox celebrate All Saints Day on the Sunday after Pentecost and commemorate All Souls on the Saturdays of Great Lent and other occasions.)

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