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Saints Gone Before

An audio-book podcast in 10-20 minute episodes. Readings will come from Christian texts across the history of the church, from sermons to treatises to hymns to letters and more. Unless otherwise noted, readings are performed by Adam Christman and Jonathan McCormick. All readings are public domain documents. The theme song is "37 Echoes" by Dan-o of Danosongs.com. This is a companion podcast to our show on church history called "An Oral History of the Church"!
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Dec 26, 2016

We have a slew of Christmas carols for you this time that we found of special interest. This episode was tougher to get recorded since the reader was sick as a dog at the time! Please forgive any low energy he had this time around.

Next episode, we'll have something from the background of the Protestant Reformation that you may find interesting. The Reformation sees its 500th anniversary in 2017, so this next text is the beginning of a long series of episodes featuring Reformation texts.

Do you have questions, or any suggestions for us to read? E-mail us at churchhistorypodcast@gmail.com, or tweet us @OralHistoryPod.

Dec 19, 2016

In the spirit of Christmas, we're reading lesser-known Christmas carols here on Saints Gone Before. Here are their names and other data, in the order they were read.

“On Christmas Night All Christians Sing,” from Henry Bramley and John Stainer’s Christmas Carols New and Old (1878), using c. 1870 lyrics.

“Come All You Worthy Gentlemen,” aka the Somerset Carol. First collected by Cecil Sharp in Folk Songs from Somerset (second edition, 1909) from a Mr. Rapsey at the turn of the 20th century.

“In the Bleak Midwinter,” based on an 1870s poem by Christina Rosetti.

“The Truth Sent From Above,” or “The Shropshire Carol,” also collected by Cecil Sharp, comes from Mr. Seth Vandrell and Mr. Samuel Bradley of Donninglon Wood of Shropshire, England, at the turn of the 20th century.

Come back for part 2, next Monday!

Do you have questions, or any suggestions for us to read? E-mail us at churchhistorypodcast@gmail.com, or tweet us @OralHistoryPod.

Merry Christmas!

Dec 12, 2016

Saints Gone Before is a weekly audiobook style podcast in 10-20 minute episodes where we read Christian texts from across the history of the church. Some readings will be sermons, others will be letters, or hymns, or prayers, or books. All of them are public domain.

This episode features The Didache, chapters 9-16, which completes this 2nd century text.

Next time: Christmas hymns! (Spoken, not sung!)

Dec 2, 2016

Saints Gone Before is a weekly audiobook style podcast in 10-20 minute episodes where we read Christian texts from across the history of the church. Some readings will be sermons, others will be letters, or hymns, or prayers, or books. All of them are public domain.

Our inaugural episode features the first half of an early Christian work called "The Didache." It is essentially an early church manual helping congregations know best practices for baptism, etc., as well as some chapters on ethical teaching.

Enjoy! We'll be back next week with the second half of the Didache.

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