Trinity Sunday and New Testament – Episode 45

There have been moments when I did not think I would ever be able to complete the New Testament: Gospels and Epistles series, but it is now finished.  Episode Forty-five completes the study with the final four of five Unique Events in the Gospel of St. John:  Restoration of the Adulterous Woman; Foot Washing; Scriptural Warrant for the Sacrament of Confession/Penance; and Jesus’ post-Resurrection Breakfast by the sea with the eleven Disciples.  Illustrations for the episode include work by Gustav Dore’ (from Dore’s English Bible); James Tissot; a 6th C. mosaic at Ravenna, Italy and another at the Hagia Sophia, Constantinople/Istanbul; a 16th C. Russian Orthodox icon in the Pskov tradition; and the ICHTHYS logo that was inspired, in part, by St. John’s account of the post-Resurrection breakfast.

16th Century Russian Orthodox icon of Jesus Washing the Disciples' Feet painting in the Pskov tradition.  St. Peter points to his own head.
16th Century Russian Orthodox icon of Jesus Washing the Disciples’ Feet in the Pskov tradition. St. Peter points to his own head.

The episode is available in both QuickTime movie/video and Podcast formats.     Watch Episode 45.   Listen to Episode 45. Continue reading “Trinity Sunday and New Testament – Episode 45”

Whitsunday-Pentecost A.D. 2015

For this coming Sunday the Podcast Homily focuses on explaining the traditional Church understanding and teaching concerning the Holy Spirit, based upon the first of the two Collect-Epistle-Gospel combinations in the 1928 Book of Common Prayer.  Listen to the Podcast Homily

15th Century Eastern Orthodox Icon of Pentecost as described by St. Luke in Acts 2:1-11
15th Century Eastern Orthodox Icon of Pentecost as described by St. Luke in Acts 2:1-11

For most of the AIC Podcast Homilies (each linked from the Podcast Homilies page at the AIC web site (, the homilies explain the actual Epistle and Gospel readings (in this case Acts 2:1-11 and John 14:15-31).   Continue reading “Whitsunday-Pentecost A.D. 2015”

Sunday After Ascension

Greetings.   Corkie and I took several days off last week, making a mid-week visit to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, where it was hot one day, warm one day (with wind off the land side bringing flies), and downright cold one day (with a roaring wind off the ocean).  We enjoyed visits to some of our favorite dining spots:  Sam & Omie’s (great for breakfast), Ortega’Z (the Cubano sandwich for lunch), the Rundown Cafe (a Caribbean term that does not describe the state of the place) for a late afternoon lunch/dinner), and Tortuga’s Lie (another Caribbean term meaning a place and not a falsehood) for a late night dinner.  The Volvo XC90 AWD did very well going up and down all those perfectly flat roads.  We got back in time to help grandson Jaoob celebrate his 10th birthday.

I have posted a Podcast Homily for Sunday After Ascension, focusing on the two readings, 1 Peter 4:7-11. which is more New Testament wisdom, and John 15:26 to 16:4, part of the final discourses with the Disciples on Maundy Thursday in which the compassionate Christ warns the Disciples the fate that awaits them because they followed Him.   Listen to the Podcast Homily.

If your local parish did not offer a service for Ascension Day (Thursday), you can find the complete Ascension Day service I read at my former parish, including the text and music for A Hymn of Glory Let Us Sing, the Venerable Bede’s written description of what the Apostles saw from Acts 1 at my Amazon author page in the AIC Bookstore publication, Occasional Services for Anglican Worship:   Visit the Amazon page.

A 16th Century Orthodox Church icon of the Ascension from Bulgaria.
A 16th Century Orthodox Church icon of the Ascension from Bulgaria.

The 16th Century Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox icon for Ascension displays the amazed Apostles watching Jesus rise in a blue aura, with an angel on each side.  The background is rich, bright gold with a darker gold border.  Note the legends above the angels which contain traditional symbols of Christ.

In the 8th Century, the Venerable Bede, the distinguished first historian of the Church in England which gives us our only view of the Church as it existed at that time, wrote A Hymn of Glory Let Us Sing which remains the model for Ascension Day music, especially in the Anglican and Lutheran traditions.  Sung to the German tune, Lasst Uns Erfreuen. the hymn has seven verses with seven alleluias (a double halleluia at the end of the first stanza of each verses and a five-part Alleluia chorus following each verse.

Verses 1 and 5:

A hymn of glory let us sing;
New songs thro’out the world shall ring;
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Christ by a road before untrod,
Ascendeth to the throne of God.
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

O risen Christ, ascended Lord,
All praise to Thee let earth accord,
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Who art, while endless ages run,
With Father and with Spirit One.
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Have a glorious Sunday After Ascension celebrating Christ’s return to the Father from Whom He descended at His Nativity.

Fifth Sunday After Easter and New Testament: Episode 44

The weather in the Richmond area has been wonderful, with cool nights and warm days, modest amounts of rainfall and not much wind.  I’ve been busy removing snake strawberries and wild violets out of my back yard with a hand tool (since all the chemicals which will get rid of both will also kill the abundant growth of clover which keeps the yard looking green!

In the last 24 hours, I have posted a Podcast Homily for Fifth Sunday After Easter (Rogation Sunday) and completed, uploaded, and linked Episode Forty-four in the Bible Study series on the AIC You Tube channel.   The Podcast homily includes discussion of more New Testament wisdom from James 1:22-27 and more from the Gospel of St. John (16:23-33), which contains Jesus’ promise not to speak in parables and His promise concerning whatever we ask of the Father in His Name.  Listen to the Podcast Homily

The Bible Study episode continues the discussion of the words Jesus’ uses to express concepts of time, on this occasion the Greek mikron, or “in a little while,” the meaning of which was very confusing to the Disciples, and hora, in this case translated as “time.”  Other topics includes two final Unique “Small” Details:  Jesus’ explanation to Pilate on the location of His Kingdom and His assignment of the Blessed Virgin Mary to the care of the “beloved Disciple” John; and the first of Five Unique Events:  the Visit of Nicodemus.  The video includes a picture of the House of Mary at Ephesus.  Watch Episode 44     Listen to the Podcast version

The Visit of Nicodemus by Franz Mayer of Munich from Paintings on Light: the Stained Glass Windows of St. Joseph’s Villa Chapel, an AIC Bookstore publication. Copyright Ronald E. Shibley

The Visit of Nicodemus is illustrated using the stained glass window by Franz Mayer of Munich at St. Joseph’s Villa Chapel, Richmond, VA, from the AIC Bookstore publication, Paintings on Light: the Stained Glass Windows of St. Joseph’s Villa Chapel.  The Mayer artist include such details as the dark blue sky with stars to suggest the evening visit described by St. John.  Jesus stands over a seated Nicodemus, whose robes are embellished with elaborate borders.  The raised right hand/arm suggests Jesus is granting a Blessing on the Pharisee who became a defender of Jesus and who brought aloe and scented herbs for His burial.

Episode Forty-four is the next-to-last episode on the Gospel of St. John before I resume production of the revised series, Revelation: an Idealist Interpretation.  The final four Unique Events are the Restoration of the Adulterous Woman; the Foot Washing of the Disciples; Jesus’ institution of the Sacrament of Confession/Penance; and His post-Resurrection meal with the remaining eleven.

The Podcast Homily includes my adaptation of a liturgical prayer of Thanksgiving from the tradition of the Maronite Catholic Church in Lebanon.   St. John Maron lived in the late 7th and early 8th Century.  The Church named in his honor uses an Eastern Rite liturgy but accepts the primacy of the Bishop of Rome in ecclesiastical matters.  It is a sign of our secular-dominated times that Christians no longer pray in this highly-respectful, reverential tone that grants to God sovereignty in all things:

GRANT US, O Lord God, that as we assemble here today, our minds released from worldly thoughts and our attention turned to Thee; we may stand in Thy presence with tranquility, offering ceaseless praise and uninterrupted thanksgiving and acknowledging the loving-kindness through which our lives are directed, ruled and protected and our souls saved; to Thee we offer praise and thanksgiving; now and ever and unto the ages of ages.  Amen.

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New Testament – Episode 43 and Fourth Sunday After Easter

Yesterday I uploaded Episode Forty-three in the New Testament: Gospels and Epistles series on our You Tube channel, continuing the study of unique content in the Gospel of St. John.  The focus this time is on John’s report of Jesus’ encounter with the Sanhedrin Council and His withdrawal into the wilderness; the two announcements of the New Commandment and exposition of the meaning of Love (agapao); the lack of any commentary on the “agony in the Garden” reported in the Synoptics and the many topics discussed instead in Chapters 14-17; .  I start the discussion of Jesus’ use of words which involve concepts of Time, starting in this episode with “Hour” (from the Greek hora), using His commentary on being “lifted up” and references ot the “ruler of this world.”   Next time I will continue with other uses of words which can be translated as time with “in a little while” (Greek micron) and “time” (also from the Greek hora).   Watch the video on You Tube    Listen to the Podcast version

Revelation-Title-largeI am hopeful that I can finish discussion of St. John’s Gospel with Episode Forty-four.  If so, I will begin work on the next installment in the You Tube version of Revelation: An Idealist Interpretation.   I had produced it program as a live feed video on the UStream system a few years ago, but, owing to the extremely poor quality of the images I deleted the whole set when I stopped using UStream at the time the parish of St. Chrysostom closed down.   The new versions are based upon the old text, but include the much-broader catalogue of images which can be inserted into the iMovie format I now use.  I hope to get started during the month of May.  In order to stay within a 20-25 minute per episode format, there will have to be many more episodes with the iMovie format.

I also uploaded to the Podcast Homilies page at the AIC Web Site, the homily for Fourth Sunday After Easter, which includes a reading from the Epistle of James and more from the Gospel of St. John, Chapter 16.  For reasons which are not clear, the Gospel reading from John is the verses which come before the verses used for the Third Sunday After Easter.  I think treating them in order would have been better, but the BCP rules.    Listen to the Podcast Homily.

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