Friday, April 22, 2011

Jesus Of Nazerath

A movie filmed in 1977 that depicts the life of Jesus Christ using the Gospel accounts. This is probably one of the best movies ever made about Yah'shua (Jesus). The movie is true to the Gospels with virtually no change from what the Bible says.

This movie is very difficult to find and it is 6:16 hours long. Rarely during the movie do any of the actors portraying Jesus blink their eyes. Director 'Franco Zeffirelli' decided on this as a means of creating a subconscious visual mystique about the character that not only differentiated him from all other characters, but is eerily effective.


http://youtu.be/_rG5wcgWsHE - FULL MOVIE


For better (e.g., St. Francis of Assisi, Mother Teresa) and, unfortunately, for worse (the crusades, the Inquisition), the past two millenia of Western Civilization have been predominantly Christocentric. Jesus of Nazaretth has inspired countless artists, sculptors, architects, composers, theologians, and writers, and over the last 2,000 years more cultural artifacts are devoted to the story of his life than that of any other individual.
The exact date for the birth of Jesus of Nazareth is uncertain, but we know it could not have been after 4 B.C. (Some scholars date his birth as early as 7 B.C.) He grew from boy to man in Nazareth in Galilee, though the New Testatement tells us almost nothing of his youth. His career and teaching are recorded in the Gospels, the first four books of the New Testament. Drawn to the preaching of John the Baptist, Jesus was baptized by John in the Jordan river and began his three-year public ministry.
He became an itinerant rabbi (teacher), gathering a small company of associates (disciples or Apostles) and a larger company of followers, and travelled in Galilee, Tyre, Sidon and finally to Jerusalem over a period of about three years. There he was arrested and brought to trial in the administration of the Roman procurator Pontius Pilate, probably in the year 29 A.D (or possibly 33 A.D.). He was condemned to die by crucifixion. Upon his death, his followers left for their homes, but quickly regathered in Jerusalem, being convinced that Jesus was raised from the dead, or resurrected.
http://www.culturalresources.com/Jesus.html
http://www.morethings.com/god_and_country/jesus/jesus_photo_gallery22.htm



Happy Easter - Kalo Paskha




Easter (Old EnglishĒostreGreekΠάσχαPaskhaAramaic and Hebrewפֶּסחא‎ Pasḥa,) is the central feast in the Christian liturgical year.[1] According to the Canonical gospels,Jesus rose from the dead on the third day after his crucifixion. His resurrection is celebrated on Easter Day or Easter Sunday[2] (also Resurrection Day or Resurrection Sunday). The chronology of his death and resurrection is variously interpreted to be between AD 26 and 36, traditionally 33.
Easter marks the end of Lent, a forty-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance. The last week of the Lent is called Holy Week, and it contains Good Friday, commemorating thecrucifixion and death of Jesus. Easter is followed by fifty-day period called Eastertide or the Easter Season, ending with Pentecost Sunday.
Easter is a moveable feast, meaning it is not fixed in relation to the civil calendar. It occurs during the spring, in March or April; the method for determining the date of Easter Sunday is complex, based on lunisolar calendar.
Easter is linked to the Jewish Passover by much of its symbolism, as well as by its position in the calendar. In many European languages, the words for "Easter" and "Passover" are etymologically related or homonymous.[3] The term "Pascha", from the same root, is also used in English to refer to Easter.
Easter customs vary across the Christian world, but decorating Easter eggs is a common motif. In the Western world, customs such as egg hunting and Easter Bunny extend from the domain of church, and often have a secular character.





Easter in Leonidio

A unique and spectacular Easter custom has been revived in the small town of Leonidio in Arcadia Prefecture, southern Greece.
At the stroke of midnight on Easter Sunday, the sky will be lit up by hundreds of multicolored hot air balloons that will offer a captivating spectacle as they rise into the horizon for 30-40 minutes before burning out or disappearing over the sea or the nearby forest.
They are handmade by the local people and the town's five parishes compete with each other to keep up in the air as many balloons as possible for the longest period of time.


The streets of Greece and Greek Orthodox communities throughout the world ring with happy voices sharing Chroniá Pollá! - Easter Wishes...





Easter time, from the carnivals that come before the Lenten fast through Holy Week and the celebrations of Easter, is a special season in Greece.
Greek Orthodox Easter 2011
Since the date of the Greek Orthodox Easter is based on a modified Julian calendar and the Western world uses the Gregorian calendar, the festivities sometimes do not usually occur at the same time as other Christian Easter celebrations.
Sometimes the two dating systems happily collide, however. In 2011 Greek Orthodox Easter is celebrated on the same day as Easter in the Western church this year — on Sunday, April 24 — although marked by unique traditions that make Easter in Greece different than Easter celebrations in other lands.
http://www.chiff.com/a/easter-greece.htm
http://www.holidaycorfu.org/greek_easter/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/orttodox/galleries/72157624112535297
http://youtu.be/LEFOfcw0hzY

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Jean Simmons -Never be afraid to fail. Every time you get up in the morning, you are ahead.

It may be simplistic, but you could sum up my two marriages by saying that, when I wanted to be a wife, Jimmy [Stewart Granger] would say: 'I just want you to be pretty.' And when I wanted to cook, Richard would say: 'Forget the cooking. You've been trained to act – so act!' Most people thought I was helpless – a clinger and a butterfly – during my first marriage. It was Richard Brooks who saw what was wrong and tried to make me stand on my own two feet. I'd whine: 'I'm afraid.' And he'd say: 'Never be afraid to fail. Every time you get up in the morning, you are ahead.'


















Her Hollywood career was more prolific than distinguished. She possessed the cool English reserve that intrigues many Americans. With few outward signs of inward passion, she represented a mystery and a challenge. Many English actresses, from Deborah Kerr to Julie Andrews, have enjoyed long and profitable careers by exploiting that very uncertainty. These actresses were so genteel that Hollywood felt instinctively that they must be treated as queens or virgins. For her part, Jean Simmons certainly was — several times. She played the future Virgin Queen in Young Bess (1953) and a Salvation Army lass in Guys and Dolls (1955).
And yet, underlying these whiter-than-white roles, there were sneaking suspicions. Could she really be so spotless? Might not there be skeletons lurking in the Simmons cupboard? In her private life, there was plenty to raise late-1940s eyebrows. Stewart Granger, who was to become her first husband, was still married to Elspeth March when they first associated off-screen.
For many years, Hollywood was unsure how to cast her. Should it play to her traditional image as a patrician? It did so in such films as The Robe (1953) and Désirée (1954), as a high-born aristocrat opposite Marlon Brando’s Napoleon. Or should it hint at hidden depths? Angel Face (1953) and The Many Loves of Hilda Crane (1956) leant in that direction.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/culture-obituaries/film-obituaries/7061131/Jean-Simmons.html

Spartacus "a Thracian of Nomadic stock"

Spartacus (Greek: Σπάρτακος, Spártakos; Latin: Spartacus[1]) (c. 109 BC – 71 BC) was the most notable leader of the slaves in the Third Servile War, a major slave uprising against the Roman Republic. Little is known about Spartacus beyond the events of the war, and surviving historical accounts are sometimes contradictory and may not always be reliable. He was an accomplished military leader.

Spartacus' struggle, often seen as oppressed people fighting for their freedom against a slave-owning aristocracy, has found new meaning for modern writers since the 19th century. The rebellion of Spartacus has proven inspirational to many modern literary and political writers, making Spartacus a folk hero among cultures both ancient and modern.

The ancient sources agree that Spartacus was a Thracian. Plutarch describes him as "a Thracian of Nomadic stock".[2] Appian says he was "a Thracian by birth, who had once served as a soldier with the Romans, but had since been a prisoner and sold for a Gladiator".[3] Florus (2.8.8) described him as one "who from Thracian mercenary, had become a Roman soldier, of a soldier a deserter and robber, and afterwards, from consideration of his strength, a gladiator".[4] Some authors refer to the Thracian tribe of the Maedi,[5] which in historic times occupied the area on the southwestern fringes of Thrace (present day south-western Bulgaria).[6][7][8] Plutarch also writes that Spartacus's wife, a prophetess of the Maedi tribe, was enslaved with him.

Wikipedia



This equation running through the dialogue of Varinia and Spartacus - between love and knowledge, and desire and tenderness, and reverence and yearning for advancement, and freedom and a burning urgency to intermingle their beings - this is a ravishing demonstration of the higher purposes of our life. Beautiful :-)

FULL MOVIE IN PARTS

Surrey Leader - Cadman no replacement for her husband

Surrey Leader - Cadman no replacement for her husband

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Justin better than his dad: Maggie Trudeau


Question for Justin Trudean, son of the former Prime Minister of Canada, Pierre Elliot Trudean.
"In what way are you better than your father?" he is asked.

"Well, I think I'm more of a people's person. My dad liked people, but sometimes in little doses."


Toronto Sun quote first quoted April 3, 2011

Shaking his hand tonight, Justin's eyes did all the talking, I was speechless as he stood before me, he has an enormous energy that leaps and transcends his fathers reputation, his is magnetic and charming as he walks through the crowd and makes every effort to speak to every supporter and shake their hand. Growing up in a very Liberal household, I grew up with Trudeau mania and my Papou's strong liberal opinion. I like Justin, I think he has what it takes to bring  grace and charm back into politics, with time and more experience under his belt, if he learns to work the crowd on the podium as he does one on one........he has the potential for making his father proud in a very big way. Following in his fathers footsteps???........TIME WILL TELL.

My Greek Spirit , April 19, 2011

http://archives.cbc.ca/society/family/clips/1620/ -  Justin's Moving Eulogy for his father.

"The word multiculturalism has become synonymous in the mind of many Quebecers as being something that is imposed by English Canada," said Liberal MP Justin Trudeau, whose father — former prime minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau — made multiculturalism official government policy in 1971.
Pierre Trudeau raised his children in relative privacy in Montreal. Justin recalled fond memories of his father in a 2008 interview, saying that of all the family outings he enjoyed camping with his father the most--because "that was where our father got to be just our father—a dad in the woods.”[1] Justin studied English literature (BA , McGill University) and Education (B.Ed, University of British Columbia), eventually becoming a social studies and French teacher in Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School in Vancouver, British Columbia. He is currently completing a Master of Arts in Geography at McGill University. At his father's funeral in 2000, Justin delivered a memorable eulogy.[2]
On May 28, 2005, Justin Trudeau married Sophie Grégoire, a former model and Quebec television host. They have two children: Xavier James Trudeau (born October 18, 2007)[3] and Ella-Grace Margaret Trudeau (born February 5, 2009).[4]
Grégoire also lends her support to helping families, children and mothers. She is deeply involved in working with The Shield of Athena, a non-profit organization for victims of family violence.[8]
http://shieldofathena.com/en/

Monday, April 18, 2011

Glykeria tribute to Kazantzidis

Greek Traditional Song from Thrace, by Nektaria Karantzi (Live)

Byzantine Music

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia
Byzantine music (Greek: Βυζαντινή Μουσική) is the music of the Byzantine Empire composed to Greek texts as ceremonial, festival, or church music. Greek and foreign historians agree that the ecclesiastical tones and in general the whole system of Byzantine music is closely related to theancient Greek system. It remains the oldest genre of extant music, of which the manner of performance and (with increasing accuracy from the 5th century onwards) the names of the composers, and sometimes the particulars of each musical work's circumstances, are known.

Extent of Byzantine music culture vs. liturgical chant proper

The term Byzantine music is commonly associated with the medieval sacred chant of ChristianChurches following the Constantinopolitan Rite. The identification of "Byzantine music" with "Eastern Christian liturgical chant" is a misconception due to historical cultural reasons. Its main cause is the leading role of the Church as bearer of learning and official culture in the Eastern Roman Empire(Byzantium), a phenomenon that was not always that extreme but that was exacerbated towards the end of the empire's reign (14th century onwards) as great secular scholars migrated away from a declining Constantinople to rising western cities, bringing with them much of the learning that would spur the development of the European Renaissance. The shrinking of Greek-speaking official culture around a church nucleus was even more accentuated by political force when the official culture of the court changed after the capture of Constantinople by the Ottoman Empire on May 29, 1453.
wikipedia
More than 3,000 pages of Byzantine music in English written with this font package are available at:


Nektaria Karantzi -Greek Orthodox Christian Byzantine Music



Nektaria Karantzi (born 5 August 1978, in Greece) is a Byzantine and traditional singerfrom Greece.

Education

[edit]Legal studies

Nektaria Karantzi studied law at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and also obtained a postgraduate degree in criminal law from the University of Athens.[1] She is currently a doctoral candidate in criminal law at the University of Athens.

[edit]Music

She holds a diploma in Byzantine music from the Byzantine School of Music, and has been taught by notable tutors, including Dimitris Verykios. She is currently in training, since 2003, for traditional singing by the renowned interpreter of traditional songs, Chronis Aidonidis. In addition, she has studied thepiano and Western musical theory, and has also had voice training under the tutelage of Thanos Petrakis and Dina Goudioti.[1

Musical career

Nektaria Karantzi teaches Byzantine music at the “Central Conservatoire” of Athens.[1] She has also begun collaborating with Chronis Aidonidis in concerts and recordings.
She has participated in a series of five tapes/CDs which include the chanting of Byzantine hymns, from the age of fourteen already accompanying the blessed Elder Porphyrios. She also collaborated with Chronis Aidonidis in the recording of two albums: When Paths Meet (a double CD) and He Was Grieved.
She is part of the development group of an internet musical community in Greece, www.musicheaven.gr and is a producer at a Greek radio station.[1]
Wikipedia

Christ has Risen - Xristos Anesti - Glykeria and choir / Chronis Aidonidis - Nektaria Karantzi - Greek Orthodox music

CHRONIS AIDONIDIS -NEKTARIA KARANTZI - Greek orthodox music






it is a hymn ortthodoxs say on good friday during easter in church..........we are supposed to be simulating what women sang to Jesus when He was dead....Greeks have the tradition to sing sad songs in funerals.....but that only happens in some small villages now...!