Orthodox Christian Music for the Nativity of Our Lord

by 1389 on December 24, 2007

in 1389 (blog admin), Africa, Balkans, Caucasus, Christianity, Christmas, Greece, India, music, Orthodox Christianity, Russia, video and film

Many, many videos here!

Be sure to scroll all the way through!

Romanian Christmas Carol #1

Sung by the psaltic choir of the Romanian Patriarchy

Romanian Christmas Carol #2

Romanian Christmas Carol #3

Romanian Christmas Carol #4

Romanian Christmas Carol #5

Greek Orthodox Choir of St. John of Damascus

About Orthodox Christianity

Why we Orthodox Christians pray?

Bishop Christodoulos of the Holy Metropolis Greek Orthodox Church discusses the purpose of Orthodox Christian prayer.

Christian Orthodox Faith Around the World

“This is a video I made about our awesome Orthodoxy. This video goes through a lot of different Christian Orthodox churches from all around the world. Some pictures of Christian Orthodox churches are from nations like Serbia, Greece, Russia, Syria, Georgia, Armenia, Ukraine, Jordan, India, Japan, Ethiopia and lots more…Also, some famous Christian Orthodox individuals!”

The Orthodox Church – A Visual Journey

This video presents some sights and sounds of the Orthodox Church.

The Orthodox Church in Mexico

“Photos that I found of the Orthodox Church in Mexico. The music is chanted by the Choir of St. Georges Cathedral in Mexico.”

When do Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas?

That depends upon the country, or in the US, the archdiocese. There are several different Orthodox jurisdictions in the United States. This is for historical reasons – they were founded here at different times by missionaries and immigrants from Orthodox Christian countries. While each jurisdiction is in communion with the others in terms of doctrine and religious observance, each jurisdiction preserves its own customs inherited from its country of origin. These include traditional celebrations of holidays and saints’ days, liturgy and music in different languages, foods served on feast days, and so forth.

It is important to point out that one need not be a member of any particular ethnic group to attend services or to join. Everyone is welcome, without regard to race, color, or national origin.

One of the major differences is the use of the old (Julian) calendar versus the new (Gregorian) calendar to determine when feast days are to be celebrated. The Orthodox faith is decentralized to the extent that this is a matter for each jurisdiction to decide. For instance, the Serbian Orthodox Church uses the old calendar, so that December 25 in the old calendar falls on January 7 in the new calendar (the calendar that we use every day for secular purposes). The Greek Orthodox Church, the Antiochian Orthodox Church, and the Orthodox Church in America (OCA), all celebrate Christmas according to the new calendar (December 25).

The Icon of the Nativity of Our Lord

Icon of the Nativity of Our Lord - Novgorod School, 15th Century

Interpretation of the Nativity Icon:

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