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Recognition and Acknowledgement

One of the best scenes in Cantonese opera, from the 1959 film 《帝女花》 (The Flower Princess). The male protagonist, betrothed to the Ming dynasty princess shortly before the emperor’s suicide before rebel forces, now in the new Qing dynasty recognizes a Daoist nun as his once intended, tries to persuade her to acknowledge their relationship.

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A Carol for the Feast of St Stephen

Performed by Magpie Lane.

Saint Stephen was a holy man
Endued with heavenly might,
And many wonders he did work
All in the people’s sight;
And by the holy Spirit of God,
Which did his heart inflame,
He spared not, in every place,
To preach God’s holy Name.

O man, do never faint nor fear,
When God the truth shall try;
But mark how Stephen, for Christ’s sake,
Was a-willing for to die.

Before the elders he was brought,
His answer for to make,
But they could not the spirit withstand
Whereby this man did speak.
While this was told, the multitude
Beholding him aright,
His comely face began to shine
Most like an angel bright.

Then Stephen did put forth his voice,
And he did first unfold
The wond’rous works which God had wrought
E’en for their fathers old;
That they thereby might plainly know
Christ Jesus should be he
That from the burden of the law
Should quit us frank and free.

But, oh! quoth he, you wicked men,
Which of your fathers all
Did not the prophets persecute,
And keep in woeful thrall?
But when they heard him so to say,
Upon him they all ran,
And there without the city gates
They stoned this holy man.

There he most meekly on his knees
To God did pray at large
Desiring that he should not lay
This sin unto their charge;
Then yielding up his soul to God,
Who had it dearly bought,
He lost his life, and his body then
To the grave was seemly brought.

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For the Worship of the Holy Wisdom of God

Psalm 118 sung in the Shrine of the Holy Wisdom of God.

One day, perhaps, the Hagia Sophia will be returned to the pure worship of Jesus Christ, the word and the wisdom of God, together with the Father and the Holy Ghost. The Muslims, for their worship, have the Süleymaniye Mosque and Sultan Ahmet Mosque; but in this most populous city of Europe the word of God must be heard, and the gospel of Jesus Christ must be proclaimed, to the glory of God and the salvation of the people. May the prayers of the Church and the witness of her evangelists and martyrs, by the merits of Christ our Lord, win back the heart of Constantinople.

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The Church of the East in China


I want to learn more about the Church’s first arrival in China, before the Jesuits. I also insist on finding out about the 景教’s formulation of original sin which this video denies.