Tag Archive | Hymnody

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Orthodox Chorister Doesn’t Like “When Augustus Ruled”

TACOMA, Wash. – In a move that has sent shock waves through spleens north and south of the Mason-Dixon line, tenor Bob “Reader Alexiy (Alexiy the Tsarevich and Passion-Bearer (or Martyr, Depending Upon Whom You Ask))” Bridges of Holy Redirection Orthodox Church’s choir complained that he didn’t like the traditional Orthodox Christmas hymn, “When Augustus […]

February 11 Saints of the Day – Theodora the Empress and Cædmon

On this day in 1942, the first gold record was presented to Glenn Miller for “Chattanooga Choo Choo.” This was about a week after he won an award from the Shinola company for the condition of his shoes. Our eastern saint today is Theodora the Empress (d. 867). After the restoration of icons in 787, […]

January 28 Saints of the Day – Ephraim the Syrian and Thomas Aquinas

On this day in 1820, Fabian Gottlieb Thaddeus von Bellingshausen discovered Antarctica, making it the first continent “discovered” by a European that someone didn’t already live on. East of the Stettin-to-Trieste line, Ephraim the Syrian (ca. 306 – 373) is venerated today. Sired by a pagan priest in Nisibis (now split between Nusaybin, Turkey, and […]

Even Wordier St. Basil’s Liturgy Discovered

First published September 20, 2002 ISTANBUL – In a discovery which is sure to send shock waves through shock-wave-permeable materials both north and south of the Golden Horn, an unnamed American musicologist discovered the text of an even wordier Liturgy of St. Basil this week in the basement of Hagia Sophia (Church of the Holy […]