Sunday, 30 December 2012

Byzantine Christmas Carol - In Arabic!

I stumbled across this lovely thing while searching for plainchant on Youtube: a very interesting change fromWestern liturgical chants. The video also includes some lovely images.
Please remember in your prayers the Christians of the Middle East, both those of the Oriental Catholic Rites, and also our separated brethren of the Eastern Churches, especially those who are suffering persecution or war at this time.


  1. Have you thought about adding St Charles the Martyr to the sidebar of your blog? I was actually rather disappointed (though not surprised) that the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham was placed under the patronage of a man who, were he alive today, would undoubtedly join the Orthodox Church, and in any case was absorbed into the Roman Rite; rather than godly King Charles, who was offered his life and his throne if he would abolish episcopacy, but chose martyrdom instead.

    One of the Martyrs of England unsung by Rome...

  2. Patricius,
    Good to hear from you, and may I wish you a happy Christmas. Thank you for your interesting contribution: I do not, however, think that I will be adding King Charles I to my sidebar in the forseabke future.

    God bless and best wishes,

  3. Why not? In the spirit of reverence for Anglican tradition in the light of Anglicanorum coetibus (treasures worthy to be shared, and all that) I'd have thought that an Anglican saint might fit the bill. Fr Charles-Roux of St Etheldreda's, Ely Place has no qualms about the sanctity of King Charles, being patron of the Society of King Charles the Martyr.

  4. Patricius,
    Thank you again for your comments. While I note that some prominant Catholics are patrons of the SKCM, I still have serious qualms about honouring King Charles I as a saint. Please have a look at the rather interesting comment thread from this Anglo-Catholic blog post of a couple of years ago, and you may get some idea of the controversies that exist.
    I particularly like the comment by Peter Karl J. Perkins (about the fourth one down) where he refers to English recusants joking that King Charles died for the faith, but unfortunately it was the wrong one.
    I suspect, Patricie, that we will have to agree to differ over this one for the time being.


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