“So many brilliant and renowned theologians and teachers have graced the campus of Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary[SVOTS] over its 80-year history,” said Subdeacon Alexander [Pradeep] Hatcher, SVOTS Director of Institutional and Advancement. “We are so pleased that now you can literally hear their voices in lectures and talks that had been in danger of being lost or forgotten.”
Hundreds of old analog recordings of Father Alexander Schmemann, Father John Meyendorff, Father Thomas Hopko, Metropolitan Kallistos Ware, Sophie Koulomzin, Jaroslav Pelikan, and many, many others are now available—for the first time—in digital, online format you can listen to anywhere, anytime for free.” Cosponsored by SVOTS with assistance from the Virginia H. Farah Foundation, the recordings may be accessed by creating a free account.
“It is our dream to share with the world the voices of illustrious Orthodox Christian speakers and theologians who shed light on important aspects, historical moments, and even spiritual movements of the Orthodox Christian Church in the 20th century, especially in North America,” explained Archpriest Chad Hatfield, SVOTS President.
The quality of some recordings preserved on this site is not ideal due to the condition of source tapes as well as conditions and equipment used at the time of those recordings.
“As Orthodox Christianity is timeless, so too is the wisdom and insight of its saints and teachers, continued Subdeacon Alexander. “No matter what year it is or how long ago the digi.svots website was launched, what’s not to get excited about knowing that these precious recordings are available for the next generation and beyond?”