Lass mich deinen Mund küssen!

29 August, 2009


It seemed appropriate, somehow, on the Commemoration of the Beheading of St John the Baptist, to watch this production of Salome, possibly the greatest film version of an opera yet. Stratas could never have sung this in the theater, so we only have this, and what an actress she is! Salome, Herodias, Herod, all so vile and repulsive, and Bernd Weikl sings a magnificent Jokanaan. What music!

Wo ist er, dessen Sündenbecher
jetzt voll ist?
Wo ist er, der eines Tages
im Angesicht alles Volkes
in einem Silbermantel sterben wird?
Heisst ihn herkommen,
auf dass er die Stimme Dessen höre,
der in den Wüsten
und in den Häusern
der Könige gekündet hat.


Beheading of the Forerunner

29 August, 2009


St Mark 6:22-29

22And when the daughter of the said Herodias came in, and danced, and pleased Herod and them that sat with him, the king said unto the damsel, Ask of me whatsoever thou wilt, and I will give it thee.

23And he sware unto her, Whatsoever thou shalt ask of me, I will give it thee, unto the half of my kingdom.

24And she went forth, and said unto her mother, What shall I ask? And she said, The head of John the Baptist.

25And she came in straightway with haste unto the king, and asked, saying, I will that thou give me by and by in a charger the head of John the Baptist.

26And the king was exceeding sorry; yet for his oath’s sake, and for their sakes which sat with him, he would not reject her.

27And immediately the king sent an executioner, and commanded his head to be brought: and he went and beheaded him in the prison,

28And brought his head in a charger, and gave it to the damsel: and the damsel gave it to her mother.

29And when his disciples heard of it, they came and took up his corpse, and laid it in a tomb.

Orthodox turtle, er, tortoise

28 August, 2009

Moo gets his own blog!

Inside the cover

23 August, 2009

of the bulletin, right above the welcome statement.

To receive Holy Communion, one must be an Orthodox Christian who has prepared by prayer, by fasting, and by a recent confession of sin, according to the direction of one’s spiritual father.


21 August, 2009

Seen the redesigned ACROD site yet? Check out the virtual church tour in the prayer corner, and note the admirable liturgical music section, which yes, I will add to my liturgical music page when I get the time.

Yes, I’m back

21 August, 2009

but the semester starts next week, and I’m getting this class ready. I’ll return.

Quick Trip

12 August, 2009

Going to Bloomington (Indiana) tomorrow, coming back Sunday. I may or may not get around to blogging. We’ll see.