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A video for Easter, or 'Pascha', the greatest day of the Christian year, and the most important day of history. The visuals are inspired by John 20:3-4. Our deepest thanks to our collaborators around the world who provided us with readings of the Orthodox Easter Troparion in Russian, Hungarian, Japanese, French, German, Swahili, Arabic, Norwegian, Serbian, Greek, Lugandan, Swedish, Spanish and Romanian. Voices provided by Daria, Fr Gergely, Masatoshi John, Alexandra, Denisa, James, Fr Quartos, Marian, Fr Kyrill, Banayiodis, Jonas, Maria and Marie. Also thanks to Luiza and Nicole. And special thanks to Mike for the epic lighting in the final shot. The text is believed to have been written by St Romanos the Melodist in the 6th century. Christ is Risen!
In honour of St Lazarus, whose story is told in the Bible (John 11:1-45). Filmed at Kerepesi Cemetery in Budapest, Hungary Full Poem: Where is the darkness of which I heard? Where’s the sting of death we fear?The curtains rolled back at His word Till I found myself standing here The sunlight warm and rich and real, My own eyes shining in its light. The air I breathe, the wind I feel, The rush of every sound and sight. At the words of the Messiah I rose up, the world to meet And a warning shot was fired, Death must ready for defeat. Death could not hold a mortal man And it shall not hold the King. I heard His call, to Him I ran, O death where is thy sting. O death, your threat is null and void. You will become a doorway to the skies.He warned you, you would be destroyed, When He said, “Lazarus, arise.” Read the full story at: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+11%3A1-45&version=NKJV Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thebrosrobinson
For valour in the face of danger. Inspired by St. George - Saint George lived in the Middle East at the end of the third century. He was an officer in the Roman army and was martyred for his faith around the year 303. Today he is remembered as the patron saint of England and Georgia (both countries bear the Cross of St George on their flags), cities such as Beirut and Moscow, as well as of soldiers and farmers. --- There are tales I hear of days most dire of heroes, of battles, of dragon fire. But heroism is a narrow road, a path of pain not oft bestowed for there one holds to truth in the face of lies and stands to stare death in the eyes. It is a path soaked through with sweat and tears, that weaves through dungeons to the points of spears. Where worldly honour is dragged through mud and the price of valour is payed in blood. Yet the resolve resounds through the tormentor’s worst and the tormentor tires of torment first For the hero rises time and again the war to win and truth defend. In perils and poison to choose to fight, and in the coals and flames to find the light, by such are the flames of honour fanned, And on such shoulders do the kingdom’s stand. The furnace of valour grows not cold, And so long as it burns, so shall the tales be told. --- Created by a total of two people in a garage during the Covid lockdown Made with support from our friends at Transfigure Media: http://transfiguremedia.com Follow The Brothers Robinson on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/thebrosrobinson Official Selection: Spiritus Short Film Award 2020
Liga - Romanian Christmas Carol Documentary
The story of a Romanian youth group keeping ancient Christmas traditions alive. Through the power of song and through their faith, they bring joy to thousands across Transylvania with beautiful carols and stunning national costumes. Filmed over the month of December 2019, this documentary is a rare look into the Orthodox Christian culture of Romania, and features carols that have never been shown to an English speaking audience. To find out more about the Romanian Christmas carollers visit the Facebook page for Liga Studentilor din Cluj: https://www.facebook.com/LigaCluj To watch the complete Christmas concert for more Romanian Christmas songs from 2019: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjZLxRvAaIk For more information, photos and details follow the filmmakers, The Brothers Robinson on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thebrosrobinson
A poem inspired by the unusual and powerful fifth century story of Saint Mary of Egypt. She is remembered in the Orthodox Church annually on the first of April, and on the Fifth Sunday of Great Lent. Her story of abandoning a life of sin for one of asceticism has inspired the Church for centuries. To read one version of her story: https://www.oca.org/saints/lives/2022/04/01/100963-venerable-mary-of-egypt Another: https://orthodoxwiki.org/Mary_of_Egypt Or to watch a short video about her life: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBXvDuNElB8 The icon featured is by the hand of Brian Matthew Whirledge, and is used with permission. To see Brian's work: https://www.brianwhirledge.com FULL POEM: Banished from the world of man, Skin burnished by the desert sands A new life wrenched from a sinner’s grave And from the hollow pleasures of the self-enslaved Where once a shadow danced in a shallow soul A light shines from an eternal coal May eons pass as the light within Just brightens through those cracks of skin And the refined purity of those desert skies Only build the beauty reflected in Zosimas’ eyes May those tattered rags of royalty A sign of wealth forever be As each new age walks a flowing river To meet the immortally forgiven.
The Canonisation of Stanislav
A special event in honour of a rare hero, this is the canonisation of Saint Stanislav Nasadil, a 20th century martyr. This truly unique event was filmed at the Cathedral of the Dormition & St. John the Merciful, in Košice, Slovakia, 2019. Our special thanks to the kindness of our friend Jozka for the hospitality! Errata: We incorrectly said that Stanislav was from Slovakia. This was of course before Slovakia was a country, but his hometown was actually in the modern day Czech Republic. ALSO (we're imperfect) the date of the Divine Liturgy is of course supposed to read as the 9th, not the 8th, which was Vespers the night before To read more about Stanislav: https://orthochristian.com/121838.html https://www.ob-eparchie.cz/2019/07/11/svaty-novomucednik-jerej-stanislav-nasadil-licko-jesenicky/ The official website of the Czech & Slovakian church: (in Czech) https://www.pp-eparchie.cz (in Slovakian) https://orthodox.sk To follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thebrosrobinson
Magi (Christmas Sci-Fi Film)
Three travellers journey across the galaxy, following a star to a tiny planet, for a small, hidden and yet cosmic event. Released on 7th January 2022 for Christmas Day as celebrated on the old calendar by Christians in Russia, Egypt, Serbia, and in other countries. Starring the voices of Brandon Talley, Ban Vanezi, and Andrew Robinson Follow us on FB: https://www.facebook.com/thebrosrobinson The Nativity Troparion (an ancient Christian hymn for Christmas): Your Nativity, O Christ our God, has shone to the world the Light of knowledge! For by it, they who worshipped the stars, were taught by a Star to worship You, the Sun of Righteousness, and to know You, the Dayspring from on High. O Lord, glory to You!
Be Still and Know
A short video in honour of St Patrick of Ireland. It features one of his famous quotes, which itself quotes and delves deeper into Psalm 46 verse 10. Featuring our friend Daria Illina and filmed at the ruins of the 13th century Dominican Monastery on Margit Island, Budapest. Follow us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/thebrosrobinson/ Read the entirety of Psalm 46 here: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+46&version=NKJV With thanks to Carli Lewis for her graphic design help!
A short glimpse into Oasa Monastery
Filmed during our visit to the Romanian Orthodox monastery of Oasa in central Transylvania, July 2018. We were there for a youth camp and for the monastery’s annual celebration on the feast of St. Panteleimon. One of the most remote monasteries in Romania, it still attracts pilgrims and visitors of all ages all year round. It’s a place of peace, prayer and ministry, and surrounded by some of the most beautiful natural scenery on the planet. Follow the monastery online here: https://www.facebook.com/SfantaManastireOasa And follow us here: https://www.facebook.com/thebrosrobinson Filmed during the Tabăra Internațională at Mănăstirea Oașa, Iulie 2018 with the blessing of Father Silvan, abbot of Oasa.