In my regular hunt on youtube for something spiritually satisfying and nothing to do with cats playing tricks I discovered a number of catechetical lectures. This video below is part of a seven part boot camp which is an introduction to the Orthodox Faith by Fr. Barnabas, the parish priest at Sts. Raphael, Nicholas, and Irene Greek Orthodox Church in Cumming, GA.
I have not finished watching all six videos, however, this introductory one struck me quite heavily as Father Barnabas began with his journey to Orthodoxy. While my own journey was not as flamboyant and did not contain any Benny Hinn references (except when I picked the wrong channel early in the morning) the feeling of something deeper than pinnacle points of being “saved” and a lack of rhythm were revealing of similarities in my own confusion as a Christian through to my early 20’s.
Recommended. You can find the entire series here.
Another youtube find for those who don’t get to see the “behind the scenes”. Rarely do many people get to see a consecration of a church. For information read through the following english version of the consecration service.
From the eadiocese website:
Published on Jul 25, 2013
Великое освящение Ольгинского храма – Джексон, шт. Нью-Джерси США
In 2013, the Eastern American Diocese commemorates the 75th anniversary of the founding of St. Vladimir Memorial Church in Jackson, NJ. The church was founded in 1938, with the laying of the cornerstone taking place in 1940. Throughout the long years, during which the majestic Memorial Church was being built, the divine serves were held in the relatively humble lower church named in honor of the Holy Equal-of-the-Apostles Grand Princess Olga — foremother of the Russian princes and the first among them to accept Orthodoxy. This year, in honor of the Memorial Church’s jubilee, as well as the 1025th anniversary of the Baptism of Russia, the First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, gave his blessing to perform the Great Consecration of the lower church.
On Tuesday the 23rd and Wednesday the 24th of July, on the very feast day of St. Olga, Metropolitan Hilarion visited Jackson and led the divine services (Metropolitan Hilarion is also the rector of the Memorial Church.) On Wednesday morning, after the greeting of the Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God — Protectress of the Russian Diaspora — the rite of the Great Consecration was performed, followed by the Divine Liturgy.
From a Russian market place . . .
From the mother land, full Paschal services at Christ the Saviour Cathedral. How you can run Pascha when you have a plethora of Metropolitans, Priests and Bishops. Absolutely beautiful! Enjoy
On the night of 4 to 5 May at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill celebrated Easter services – the midnight office, the procession, Easter Matins, and the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom.
В ночь с 4 на 5 мая в кафедральном соборном Храме Христа Спасителя Святейший Патриарх Московский и всея Руси Кирилл совершил Пасхальные богослужения — полунощницу, крестный ход, Пасхальную заутреню и Божественную литургию свт. Иоанна Златоуста.
On March 16, 2013, Archimandrite Luke (Murianka), Abbot of Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY, gave an interview to Media Office correspondent Michael Kazmierczak about the meaning of Great Lent.
From the Eastern American Diocese YouTube Channel
Sharing some video footage from the services of our Patronal Feast Day recently as recorded by some of our parishioners. As usual our choir sounded fantastic but you can remove my obvious bias and have a look for yourselves!