Thanks to several correspondents for bringing this video to our attention. I actually came across it last week during my semi-monthly peregrinations on the ever-delightful Byzantine, Tx but because of time constraints, I dropped the ball and failed to post it. My fault pure and simple and a big thank you to those who kept it au courrant on Monomakhos. (Keep up the good work!)
Anyway, it’s seemed to generate some positive buzz and I must say that it is a joy to watch. I think you’ll agree.
Having said that, I am mightily impressed with the vision and technical expertise of the evangelism department over at ROCOR. Clearly, they have their act together. (Diocese of the South, are you listening?) There’s an old Greek saying that “the fish rots from the head.” The converse to this however must be that the body is invigorated from the head and if the eyes are ever-fixated on Christ, then we can expect wonderful things to happen.
When people are on fire for the Lord, creativity such the likes the world has never seen gets unleashed. (Think Gothic cathedrals, Byzantine iconography, Russian chant for starters). We have seen these past few years how the resurgence of the Russian Orthodox Church has reinvigorated Christianity worldwide. Here we can see it in action in our little corner of the world — Dixie.
Did I mention that the production values are excellent?
P.S. I don’t want anybody giving me any nonsense about racism and such. Show me that one spot on earth that hasn’t been infected by it. Then show me that spot in which the people have repented of it. It’s only happened in America. And anyway, if Christianity is to have a fighting chance in this country, it’s going to begin in places like South Carolina and it’s going to happen because Orthodox jurisdictions are going to become part of the historic American nation — and not worry endlessly about what the Patriarchates of Ruritania and Bulbania feel about the correct way to make pirogi.
So if any Greek or Lebanese Southerners are upset because they weren’t included, they need to complain to their bishops. As for those of us in the Diocese of the South who are caught on the outside looking in, one way to get with the program is to stop putting out letters praising pseudo-Schmemannite pseudo-conciliarity and actually start doing what the Venerable Dmitri taught us. This video is a reproach to us above all else.