Musing, News, and the Past

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johanoosterman:

Black manuscripts - actually on parchment that was painted black - are amongst the rarest manuscripts we have. At the end of the fifteenth century at the court of Burgundy they were popular for a while. Well known is the black hours in the Morgan Library, but barely known is the black manuscript in Brussels (KB 9085) with dance melodies. On a black ground the notes were drawn in silver while the text was written in gold. Underneath the golden text, silvery letters indicate the dance steps.

johanoosterman:

Black manuscripts - actually on parchment that was painted black - are amongst the rarest manuscripts we have. At the end of the fifteenth century at the court of Burgundy they were popular for a while. Well known is the black hours in the Morgan Library, but barely known is the black manuscript in Brussels (KB 9085) with dance melodies. On a black ground the notes were drawn in silver while the text was written in gold. Underneath the golden text, silvery letters indicate the dance steps.

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Five Middle Eastern Patriarchs Visit North Iraq in Solidarity With Christians

theorthodoxbritreturns:

Five patriarchs of Middle Eastern Churches visited north Iraq yesterday to support the Assyrian Christians, who have been driven from their homes and villages by the Islamic State (ISIS) and whose religious institutions have been destroyed and occupied.

The Patriarchs were:

  • Maronite Patriarch Mar Bechara Boutros AlRai
  • Patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox Church Ignatius Ephrem II Karim
  • Chaldean Patriarch Mar Louis Rafael Sako
  • Greek Catholic Patriarch Gregorius III Lahham
  • Syriac Catholic Patriarch Mor Ignatius Joseph III Youna

The delegation was flown to Arbel in a private jet donated by the former president of the Industrialists Association, Jacques Sarraf.

Accompanying the Patriarchs were Harith Shihab, member of the Islamic-Christian dialogue committee, Father Paul Karam, head of Caritas Lebanon, Monsignor Joseph AlBawary, Director of the Catholic Information Center and Father Abdo Abu Kasem.

The delegation was received at the airport by the KRG Minister of Interior Karim Sinjari, the Governor of Arbel Nozad Hadi and a number of officials.

The Delegation’s first stop was the city of Ankawa, where 70,000 Assyrians have sought refuge, swelling the city’s population to 100,000. The next stop was the headquarters of the Chaldean Diocese and Syriac Orthodox Archdiocese in Arbel, where the delegation was briefed on the situation of the refugees.

The mission of the Patriarchs is to assess the state of the refugees from Mosul and the Nineveh Plain and to formulate a plan to deliver aid, as well as pressure Western and Middle Eastern governments to commit to returning the refugees to their homes.

The Patriarchs offered prayers as they visited the refugees and together recited the Lord’s Prayer in Syriac (Aramaic), the language of Jesus Christ.

Patriarch AlRai said the Assyrian Christian refugees are the indigenous people and he does not call them a minority, because this is their land and they must return to it.

Absent from the delegation was the Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East, His Holiness Dinkha IV, who could not travel because of ill health.

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Endurance of pain, in the name of wisdom and justice, to secure order for our own future comfort and the comfort of our family and friends, is courage. On the other hand, to leave things lying in confusion around us; to let alien forces come into our domain and encamp there in insolent defiance of ourselves and our friends, is a shameful confession that things are stronger than we. To be thus conquered by dead material things is as ignominious a defeat as can come to a man. The man who can be conquered by things is a coward in the strict ethical sense of the term; that is, he lacks the strength of will to bear the incidental pains which his personal and social interests put upon him.
William De Witt Hyde (via zerogate)

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speakfriendandenter:

Top 10 Non-Disney Animated Films

[3] . The Secret of Kells (2009)

This was easily the hardest one of these to pick scenes to gif because every single frame of this movie is so beautiful. It’s filled with this specific type of imagery that.. I really don’t know how to describe. It’s very 2D, and they use it to amazing effect. Every single bit of this movie is wondrous, new, refreshing to look at that I’m always a bit disappointed every time I finish watching it. I always want more of this world, more of this imagery and animation. There’s literally nothing else like it, and not just in what there is to look at. The story, based on Irish folklore, is also extremely different, and you just get so absorbed in all of it. It’s all so unique, in fact, that from a distance the movie seems almost odd. However, it has the tiniest, most perfect amount of modernization to the characters and humor that just drives it home, making it impossible not to fall in love with. I’m never anything short of awestruck by it every single time I watch it.

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After telling Prince Caspian of his true identity, Doctor Cornelius drops down onto one knee and kisses his hand. People are not equal; among them, some are meant to serve, others to command. Animals are below people and perhaps have their own hierarchy. The Narnia stories show a complete acceptance of the Tao, of the conventional and traditional moral code. Humanity, courage, loyalty, honesty, kindness, and unselfishness are virtues. Children who might perhaps object to the code if they were taught it in churches and schools accept it easily and naturally when they see it practiced by the characters they love. They are learning morality in the best and perhaps only effective way.
Jack: A Life of C. S. Lewis by George Sayer (via the-last-crusade)