Saturday, January 2, 2016
The World's Oldest "Christmas Carol"
We are still in the season of Christmastide (until Epiphany on January 6). Here is a hymn written by St. Romanos the Melodist, a 6th century Syrian poet. The song is known as the Christmas Kontakion. The first video is in Arabic (with English subtitles). In addition to the beautiful music, you will also see artwork and scenes form Christian sites in Egypt, Jordan, Syria, and Iraq. The second video is a shorter English version.