Episodes of Catholic sound experiment the Holy Agony.
(From the 2022.08.20 release of all episodes in one file.)
00:01:35① You’re Gonna Die
00:55:20② Father, Worker, Terror of Demons
01:45:40③ If It’s a Symbol, to Hell With It!
02:33:55④ The Woman Clothed with the Sun
03:28:00⑤ Defend Us in Battle
04:49:43⑥ Remember That You Are Dust
(“The Holy Agony was Jess and John.”)
John Dios and Jessica meditate on mortality and the First Sorrowful Mystery in the time of the extremely real pandemic.
Featuring Br. B, a friendly handyman, Gabriel, Eleanor, and music by John, Wafers 3D, and Bri of Many Rooms.
John and Jess do the work of honoring their fathers.
@plainte_calme, Br. B,
@token_blue, music by Wafers 3D, with a guest appearance by the Dios kids.
Jessica and John experience miraculous visions while trying to understand the mystery of the Body and Blood of Christ. Featuring music by
@plainte_calme, Carmelittles, and Wafers 3D.
“And a great sign appeared in heaven: A woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars”
– The Apocalypse of St. John, Chapter 12
Featuring Br. B,
@_selfoptimizer; music by Wafers 3D.
Jessica and John turn the sword on themselves and declare war on that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, enlisting St. Michael and a heavenly host:
In this very special crossover episode, John and Jessica pray for the poor souls in purgatory and make a visit to the Perfume Nationalist, where they meditate on the four last things (Death, Judgement, Heaven, Hell) with Jack (
@lotus__point) and Orant (
@0rt_nt_per). Music is a full original setting of the Latin requiem mass by John Dios.
The full conversation with Jack and Ortant can be found [on the Perfume Nationalist].
Featuring poetry by Hayden (
@ghostofolson), a Psalm reading by Elanor (
@follyb4god), and remembrances by
@joshuaofgr, Fr. John Maria Devaney.
Eulogy for Ry written by
@tintagelpot, read by
Join John Dios and friends for the official Holy Agony Midsummer’s Eve party. Among the guests who stop by to throw false idols into the bonfire are Dan X. Thrall and Cult Wine Grinch. Featuring original music by Mike Griswold. (2021.06.23)
John Dios explains the meaning of the Christmas to his kids during a walk through the woods of Southern New England, then brings them to the mall where he slips into a hallucinatory reverie and is visited by the many ghosts of Christmas Twitter. After attaining MANDATORY JOLLINESS, the Dios Family returns home to a small-town Christmas-tree lighting and musical finale. (2021.12.18)
Family & friends join me in the swamps of New England for song, cheer and DEEP DARK CRINGE. Warm up with us by the fire on the darkest day of the year. Featuring:
and MANY MORE. (2022.12.20–21)
As told to the Tales from the Mall podcast:
Really the six proper episodes were all kind of like we had planned them all out. There was an arc that had started at the beginning talking about covid and people being afraid of death, and then we ended with an episode about death and people we knew who we were dead and people we knew on Twitter talked about family members who had died. So it was kind of a closed[‑loop] project....
We had a device with the Holy Agony where it corresponded with the Catholic liturgical calendar. The idea was it would keep us on target. We’d keep moving, because you have to meet a date. You’re gonna to do something like the Feast of St. Michael or whatever – you can’t release it two weeks after the Feast of St. Michael. You have to get your ass in gear and do it. So it worked.
And then we kind of... we didn’t really have, after we did the first six episodes, we didn’t have a battle plan that we agreed on. And so we both just – you know, I wanted to do smaller episodic stuff and I started doing it, just doing solo episodes a little bit here and there. And [she] had this big grand plan, which was probably more than she could manage with her schedule and all the stuff she had going on. So it turned into a situation where we didn’t have any coherent vision. I was just doing stuff on my own here and there and not promoting it much, and she was stuck on trying to make something and not getting anywhere....