The Sarabite: Towards an Aesthetic Christianity

There is a continuous attraction, beginning with God, going to the world, and ending at last with God, an attraction which returns to the same place where it began as though in a kind of circle. -Marsilio Ficino

Friday, October 27, 2006

If You've Never Heard Coptic Chant Before....

This is your chance. Someone posted this on YouTube. I have been to this monastery in Yermo, CA many times. This is an entrance of a bishop into the monastery

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At 3:02 PM, Blogger Sean said...

I'm not sure if this was the same visit, but I think I was actually there that day (if not this visit, then another) and I had dinner with the Bishop. I don't think he was quite clear on what I was I doing there... frankly, neither was I. I just stopped by to say 'hi' to Brother Theodore and got dragged into the whole thing.

Talk about "a sense of unreality."

 
At 7:29 PM, Blogger JGurrea said...

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At 7:31 PM, Blogger JGurrea said...

Arturo,

I think this is Bishop Serapion. He was one of the hierarchs at the last Coptic college conference I went to in Destin. I eventually became Chalcedonian Eastern Orthodox, but I was actually exposed to Oriental Orthodoxy (of the Syrian and Coptic varieties) before Eastern Orthodoxy, and I still attend the same Monday night Coptic Bible study that originally got me into Christian history and eventually into Orthodoxy. This month Abouna Timotheus is covering Nehemiah.

When my fellow Byzantine Orthodox brethren ask me if I prefer Eastern liturgies to Western, I can give them a definitive "yes" with the full knowledge that, in my case, "Eastern" does not just mean "Constantinopolitan". The Armenian, Coptic, Syriac, Indian, and Ethiopian traditions also have much to teach us, and I'll always be thankful that the first written prayers out of a prayer book that this ex-Baptist recited were read out of a Coptic Agpeya, not a Greek or Russian prayer book. God bless the Alexandrian Church.

-Julio

P.S. Thank you for the comment on my latest thread. I feel better now, thanks to you.

 

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