I was kind of shocked to learn today of the death of the incredibly talented Irish singer Dolores O’Riordan at the age of just 46.
Several days ago I posted a video of an interview with Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church conducted over Russian TV. The interview aired live on January 7–Russian Orthodox Christmas Day. What I posted was only a four and a half minute segment that had been translated into English–this of an interview which ran on for more than half and hour–but in that segment Kirill expressed the view that “evil is not viable,” and that “systems where the evil is dominant cannot survive.”
The feature image that Russia Today selected when it uploaded this video is quite cheesy, but the comments by Russian Patriarch Kirill are actually quite powerful and relevant.
Orthodox Christians in Russia celebrate Christmas on January 7. There is a 40-day Lent preceding Christmas Day. On the eve of the significant event, orthodox observers attend liturgies in churches all over the country that last well into the early hours of the morning.
The main mass in Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior is led by Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, the Head of the Russian Orthodox Church.
Commentary is provided by Sergei Brun, academic fellow at the Museum of the Russian Icon in Moscow, and RT journalist Daniel Bushell.
The insanity sweeping Western countries just got a little bit crazier and more insane. Less than a week after Christmas, news has come out that a Swedish church has published an advertisement in which it refers to Jesus using a gender-neutral pronoun.
This beautiful Christmas carol originated in Austria, in the small town of Oberndorf bei Salzburg, where it was composed by Franz Xaver Gruber set to lyrics by Joseph Mohr. The year of composition has been given as 1818–almost exactly 200 years ago. Silent Night has been recorded by a large number of singers and performers , and in 2011 was declared an expression of “intangible cultural heritage” by UNESCO.
The Little Drummer Boy was written by Katherine Kennicott Davis in 1941. Davis was a school teacher, pianist and classical music composer. Born in St. Joseph, Missouri in 1892, she attended Wellesley College and the New England Conservatory of Music; she taught music at the Concord Academy in Concord, Massachusetts, and at the Shady Hill School for Girls in Philadelphia.