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Chant and art


A palate cleanser. While the Latin Church is under this ferocious persecution by the devil, there are still places where God and the Incarnate Word are honoured.


(The wooden sound at the beginning is the monk hammering on a wooden plank, a replacement of bells which were prohibited during Islamic occupation. The hammering of the plank took its place among the great objects of monastic art. Best example I’ve ever come across of making lemons into lemonade.)


It’s called a “semantron”. I love those cool Greek names.


Monastic Compline, to make you homesick. (Or maybe it’s just me.)

(Oh yeah, it’s just me.)

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4 thoughts on “Chant and art”

  1. Lucy O'Brien says:

    I think Gregorian chant is such a different and holy form by comparison. Its hard not to be irritated by the thick metrical pulse of the Orthodox music. It sounds like folk music in form. Though pleasant sounding in harmony It never really takes flight for me.

  2. Fr. Nikiforos says:

    The wooden plank (Semantron) that is struck at the beginning of services is believed to have been used by Noah to summon the animals and humans into the ark for their salvation. the Church being the New Ark has the same imagery. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semantron

  3. Michael Dowd says:

    Thanks Hilary. These are the sounds God likes best.

  4. Amateur Brain Surgeon says:

    The wooden sound at the beginning is the monk hammering on a wooden plank, a replacement of bells which were prohibited during Islamic occupation

    Mahometans putatively worship the same God as does the true religion but Mahometnas definitely do not worship religious liberty.

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