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John M. Kelly Library

Documentaries: Eastern Christianity

The Kelly Library collects resources to support the Faculty of Theology's Diploma in Eastern Christian Studies

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The Akathist Hymn: Salutations to the Virgin

BX375 .A55 A64 1989 VHS
29 minutes
The role of the Theotokos (Mother of God) as intercessor in the Orthodox Church. Describes the origins of the Akathist Hymn and other liturgical hymns dedicated to Mary.

Ancient Russian Icons = Drevnerusskai`a ikona

N8189 .R8 A5 2002 VHS
25 minutes; released 1997
A documentary about the role of icons in traditional Russian Orthodox life based on the collections of the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow.

Andrei Rublev

ND699 .R8 A65 1998 DVD
185 minutes
The story of the 15th century icon painter who survives the cruelties of medieval Russia and creates works of art. In Russian with English subtitles.

The Andrei Rublev Icon Museum

N8189 .R82 M6 2008 DVD
18 minutes; released 1991
A documentary about the Savior-Andronikov Monastery in Moscow and its museum of icons.

Ascent to Heaven

BX664 .B4 A8 2001 DVD
30 minutes
A documentary about the Bethlehem Cave, the highest Orthodox church in the world.

The Bible in the Orthodox Church

BS476 .B495 1992 VHS
29 minutes
Metropolitan Demetrios of Vresthena and Father Theodore Stylianopoulos discuss the use of Scripture in the Orthodox Church. Part of the Holy Cross Live series.

Bridge to the East

DF521 .R8 1991 VHS
54 minutes
The life and work of Stephen Runciman, one of the foremost Byzantine scholars of the twentieth century.

Byzantium: The Lost Empire

DR481 .B99 2007 DVD
2 discs, 208 minutes
A Learning Channel documentary on the Byzantine Empire, shot on location in nine countries.

Chants of Orthodox Easter

M2100.2 .C4 2001 DVD
45 minutes

Church and Life Issues

QH332 .C4 1992 VHS
29 minutes
Father Stanley Harakas and Father Nicholas Krommydas discuss how the Orthodox Church responds to various moral issues such as abortion and euthanasia. Part of the Holy Cross Live series.

Contemplating Icons

BX577.5 .C65 1989 VHS
50 minutes
An introduction to the important role of icons in Byzantine Christianity.

A Conversation with Bishop Kallistos Ware

BX747.9 .W3 C6 1995 VHS
80 minutes

Creation as God's Gift

BT695.5 .W37 2004 VHS
29 minutes
Bishop Kallistos Ware lectures on Orthodoxy and the ecological crisis.

The Defense of Orthodoxy

BX738 .G75 S33 2006 DVD
5 hours
Orthodox apologist, Frank Schaeffer, addresses how Orthodoxy is different from Catholicism and Protestantism, how Orthodoxy is particularly relevant to modern America, and why Orthodoxy must remain faithful to tradition.

Ecclesia: The Art of the Orthodox Church

BV150 .E3 1992 VHS
29 minutes
Metropolitan Gerasimos of Abydos and Father Alkiviadis Calivas discuss the place of icons in the Orthodox Church. Part of the Holy Cross Live series.

Divine Liturgy of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America

BX355 .A5 G74 1999 VHS
113 minutes
Hierarchal Divine Liturgy, Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Archbishop Demetrios of America September 19, 1999, New York City.

A Guided Journey of Faith

BX4711.962 .G8 1989 VHS
105 minutes
The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom as celebrated in the Byzantine Ruthenian rite. Includes a voice-over commentary. Videotaped in 1997 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Byzantine Catholic Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The History and Holy Sacraments of Orthodox Christianity

Parts 1-3 The Beginnings, Byzantium, A Hidden Treasure: BX290 .H578 1994 DVD
Part 4 Baptism and Chrismation: BX378 .B3 H36 1993 DVD
Part 6 Penance: BX378 .C6 P45 1993 DVD
Part 7 Holy Matrimony: BX378 .M2 H64 1993 DVD
Part 8 Holy Unction: BX378 .U5 H64 1994 DVD

7 (28 minute) episodes
A documentary about the history, traditions, and sacraments of the Orthodox Church.

Holy Image, Holy Space: Icons and Frescoes from Greece

N8189 .G72 H6 1989 DVD
2 (30 minute) episodes
Filmed at the Walters Art Gallery in Baltimore, Maryland, this documentary focuses on icons as objects of religious worship and artistic achievement.

Holy Wednesday and Holy Thursday

BX376.35 .H64 H6 2000 VHS
105 minutes
Holy Wednesday at St. Paul Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Hempstead, NY, and Holy Thursday at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Jamaica, NY. An explanation of the rituals is provided.

How to Make an Orthodox Prayer Rope

BX382 .D4 1995 DVD
120 minutes; released 1995
An instructional video on making prayer ropes used by Byzantine Christians as an aid in reciting the Jesus Prayer.

How to Make Orthodox Prosfora

BX378 .C5 D4 2002 DVD
83 minutes
A documentary about making the bread used for the Divine Liturgy.

Iakovos: A Legacy

BX738 .G79 I3 1996 VHS
58 minutes
A documentary on Archbishop Iakovos who served for over forty years as the head of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North and South America.

Iconography, Sts. Volodymyr & Olha Church

N6995 .U5 I32 1990 VHS
30 minutes
A documentary about the decoration of a Byzantine church in Chicago. In Ukrainian and English.

An Introduction to the Eastern Catholic Churches, A Brief Explanation of the Eastern Catholic Churches

BX4710.34 .I52 2007z DVD
38 minutes
Two programs (10 minutes and 28 minutes) giving basic historical and theological information on the formation of the Eastern Catholic Churches.

A Light Still Bright: The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople

BX410 .L5 1989 DVD
58 minutes
Takes the viewer through the ancient and sacred grounds of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the magnificent Byzantine worship sites which constitute the place Greek Orthodox Christians around the world view as the seat of their spiritual leader, the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople. Focuses on the role of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, particularly in light of the recent changes in eastern Europe.

Many Though One

BX4710.34 .M35 1992 VHS
28 minutes
Clergy and lay people in Egypt explain the practices and beliefs associated with their respective Latin, Armenian, Maronite, Greek, Melkite, Chaldean, Syrian and Coptic rites.

Music for Our Souls

ML3060 .M87 1992 VHS
2 videocassettes, each 29 minutes
Father Nicholas Kastanas and Father Constantine Terss discuss the history and contemporary use of Byzantine chant. Part of the Holy Cross Live series.

My Personal Journey to Orthodoxy

BX738 .G79 S33 1996 VHS
90 minutes
Popular lay apologist Frank Schaeffer tells the story of his conversion to Orthodoxy.

The Orthodox Church and Societal Concerns

HN37 .O7 O77 1992 VHS
29 minutes
Father Stanley Harakas and Father Emanuel Clapsis discuss how the Orthodox Church addresses various social issues and problems. Part of the Holy Cross Live series.

The Orthodox Church in Dialogue

BX324 .O73 1992 VHS
29 minutes
Father Thomas Fitzgerald and Father Emanuel Clapsis discuss the relationships between Orthodox and non-Orthodox Christians. Part of the Holy Cross Live series.

Orthodox Christianity and the Fullness of Our Faith

BX 320.3 .O784 2004 DVD
approx. 24 minutes; 2004.
A brief journey through an ancient and timeless tradition. Superb introduction to the Orthodox Church for non-Orthodox friends and relatives. Highlights scenes from the liturgy and Holy Week, offering an overview of church history along with inspirational interviews with clergy and laypeople. Useful outreach tool for presentation and sale at parish festivals etc

Orthodox Evangelism

BX381 .S33 1996 VHS
2 videocassettes, total 3 hours
Popular lay apologist Frank Schaeffer speaks practically as to how to reach out to the surrounding non-Orthodox culture.

The Orthodox Way of Life

BX382 .O77 1992 1992 VHS
29 minutes
Bishop Methodios of Boston, Father Stanley Harakas, and Dr. Lewis Patsavos discuss the way Orthodoxy impacts on daily living. Part of the Holy Cross Live series.

Orthodoxy: An Ancient Faith for the Modern World

BX320.2 .O7 1992 VHS
29 minutes
Father Theodore Stylianopoulos and Father George Papademetriou discuss how Orthodoxy maintains the faith in the present day. Part of the Holy Cross Live series.

The Other Holy Land

DR429.4 .O84 2003 DVD
56 minutes
A guide to Biblical and early Christian sites in Turkey.

Patmos: Echoes of the Apocalypse

DF901 .P27 P37 1991 VHS
55 minutes
A documentary about the Greek island of Patmos, showing the relationship between the Book of Revelation and challenges to the environment.

Prayer and Fasting

BX376.4 .P7 1992 VHS
29 minutes
Metropolitan Demetrios of Vresthena and Father Theodore Stylianopoulos discuss various forms of spirituality in the Orthodox Church. Part of the Holy Cross Live series.

Pre-Marital Counseling for Orthodox Couples

BV 4012.27 .C66 1985 DVD
2 (35 minute) episodes
Covers almost every important aspect of marriage from an Orthodox Christian point of view.

Reflections of Glory: The Origins of Byzantine Art

N6250 .R43 1989 VHS
20 minutes
The spiritual and cultural dynamics of early Christianity that gave rise to the art of the Byzantine icon.

Romanovs

BX597 .E4 R6 2008 DVD
60 minutes; released 1992
A documentary about the life of Orthodox saint and martyr Grand Duchess Elizabeth Fedorovna, aunt of Tsar Nicholas II.

The Saints

BX4655.3 .S256 2008z DVD
17 (30 minute) episodes
Biographies of the following saints: Anthony, Athanasius, Basil, Catherine, Constantine, Demetrios, Dionysius, George, Haralambos, Helen, John the Baptist, John Chrysostom, the Archangel Michael, Nektarios, Nicholas, Peter, Paul.

Saints: Fathers and Mothers of the Church

BX380 .S3 1992 VHS
29 minutes
Dr. George Bebis discusses the role of saints in the Orthodox Church. Part of the Holy Cross Live series.

The Seven Churches of Revelation Rediscovered

BS 2825.2 .S484 1999 DVD
40 minutes
Host David Nunn takes viewers to Turkey on a tour of the seven cities mentioned in Revelation chapters 2-3.

Silence and Glory

BX395 .P3 W37 VHS
60 minutes
Bishop Kallistos Ware lectures on the message of St. Gregory Palamas for the world today.

Steadfast and Faithful: A Martyr's Journal

BX4711.695 .V44 S743 2005 DVD
30 minutes
The life of Blessed Vasyl Velychkovsky, a Ukranian Catholic bishop, who suffered many years of persecution by the Communists.

The Syro-Malankara Liturgy

BX4713.363 .S97 2005 DVD
60 minutes
The Divine Liturgy (Holy Qurbono) of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church offered on July 26, 2006, in Irondale, Alabama, by the Most Reverend Joseph Mar Thomas, Apostolic Visitator of North America and Europe.

To Write an Icon

N8188 .T6 2010 DVD
6 (60 minute) episodes
A step-by-step instructional tool on the process of creating traditional Byzantine icons.

The Transfiguration of Christ

BT410 .W37 1995 VHS
4 videocassettes, 240 minutes total
A lecture series on the transfiguration of Christ given by Orthodox theologian Bishop Kallistos Ware of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Great Britain.

The True State of the Union

BJ1581.2 .S33 1996 VHS
1200 minutes
Popular lay apologist Frank Schaeffer lectures on the current moral state of the American nation, covering such subjects as education, family life, and abortion.

Under the Protection of Grace

BX485 .P6313 1988 VHS
120 minutes
The thousand-year history of the Orthodox Church in Russia.

Where God Walked on Earth: The Monastery of Mt. Sinai

DT137 .S55 W44 1985 VHS
53 minutes
The Monastery of St. Catherine at Sinai.

Why I Converted to Orthodoxy

BX738 .G79 S339 2000 VHS
46 minutes
Popular lay apologist Frank Schaeffer tells the story of his conversion to Orthodoxy. Originally broadcast by Calvin College, Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Working as One: Clergy & Laity

BX342 .W6 1992 VHS
29 minutes
Bishop Methodios of Boston and Dr. Lewis Patsavos discuss the relationship between the ordained and the lay faithful. Part of the Holy Cross Live series.

The World of Byzantium

DF552 .H37 2001 DVD
24 (30 minute) lectures
Course description.

Worship: The Soul of Orthodoxy

BX350 .W6 1992 VHS
29 minutes
Metropolitan Demetrios of Vresthena and Father Alkiviadis Calivas discuss the primary role of liturgical worship in Orthodoxy. Part of the Holy Cross Live series.