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
Getting ready for the Thanksgiving feast next week and the start of preparations for Christmas forced me into long hours at the computer updating both the videos and podcast versions of the Great “O” Antiphons (December 18th to December 24th) and the Twelve Days of Christmas (December 25th to January 5th). These videos are archived on the Digital Library page at the AIC web site, where they can be accessed 24/7 throughout the year. Visit the Digital Library
Not only did the Twelve Days of Christmas get a new name (formerly Reflections on the Twelve Days of Christmas), but also a new look, new graphics, and new music, with a different Christmas Carol for each of the twelve days from December 25th through January 4th. The Great “O” Antiphons received a makeover, with a fresher, cleaner look and improvements to the sound quality. As with previous versions, the voices in the Antiphon responses are Dr. Paul Hubbard and his sons Joel and John, all of St. Andrew Anglican Church, Richmond, and St. Timothy Anglican, Poquoson, and my wife Corkie.
In 2016 A.D., the AIC will introduce additional Seasonal Videos, starting with Epiphany: The Season, available in early January. This series (in either 2 or 3 episodes) will offer an explanation of the Church meaning of “Epiphany” (not the same as the everyday meaning), a primer on the history of the season, and commentary on how the season is celebrated in the 1928 Book of Common Prayer, including discussion of the teaching themes for each of the six Sundays and Epiphany Day. Later in the year, similar videos will be available for “Gesima”, Lent, Easter, and Trinity seasons.
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