Lessons & Carols for Christmas Eve

One of my favorite memories of my former parish, St. John Chrysostom Anglican Church, is the annual Christmas Sing.  Each year I prepared a small booklet with the reading and the lyric.  These changed from year to year.  For A.D. 2015 I have expanded the range of free Seasonal Videos to include a virtual version of the Christmas Eve service which is also included in the AIC Bookstore publication, Occasional Services for Anglican Worship available at the AIC virtual Bookstore:  https://www.Amazon.com/Author/Ronald-E-Shibley.

This new video fits between the 12/24 episode (O Emmanuel) of The Great “O” Antiphons program and the 12/25 episode (First Day of Christmas) in The Twelve Days of Christmas videos.   Continue reading “Lessons & Carols for Christmas Eve”

Sunday Next Before Advent

My Podcast Homily for Sunday Next Before Advent (Stir-up Sunday) has been uploaded to the Podcast Homilies page at the AIC web site.  This completes the archive of traditional homilies for all the regular Sundays in the 1928 Book of Common Prayer.  I include a review of the secular and Scriptural origins of the “Stir-up” idea as well as commentary on the “For the Epistle” reading (Jeremiah 23:5-8) and the Gospel reading (John 6:55-14), St. John’s unique account of the Feeding of the 5,000, the sixth of seven “signs” (Greek: semeion) in St. John’s Gospel.     Listen to the Sunday Next Podcast Continue reading “Sunday Next Before Advent”

Twenty-third Sunday After Trinity

My Podcast Homily for the Twenty-third Sunday After Trinity was uploaded to the AIC’s Podbean channel this morning.   The readings are Philippians 3:17-21 and Matthew 22:15-22.  I augmented the commentary on the Gospel reading with references to Isaiah 64:8 and Psalm 138:4, 5.   The first closing prayer was a catena of my own based on Psalm 145:2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 13 and 1 (in that order).  There are only two more Sundays in the Church Calendar (Trinity 24 and Sunday Next Before Advent).  I’ve already recorded both but not uploaded them to the AIC web site.  Listen to the Trinity 23 Podcast Continue reading “Twenty-third Sunday After Trinity”