Today, while taking a break, I came across some very intriguing articles that I share with you all here. I realize that is not why one comes to this site typically, but in this case, I hope you’ll excuse that and be willing to read these. I also must admit I found a couple of these from Facebook postings by a couple friends of mine.
The first discusses some archaeological finds in Iraq. It also highlights the problem of the dwindling population of Christians, especially since the Iraq war:
The second is a fascinating piece discussing the Greek influence on Western chant and hymnography. Not only is there influence within the Roman Catholic tradition but also Lutheran hymnography. I hope choir directors and others read this and find it to be of interest.
This is a fascinating collection of Tsarist Russia on the eve of the war:
I hope to find the time to write up an actual post in the near future.