In this Advent Season, when Christians prepare themselves for both the first and second/final coming of our Lord and Saviour, we should understand what the Christian Faith is about. No matter what a certain unnamed politician says, Christianity is not a religion which includes “bedrock” teachings of all other religions. It is the source of the Christian Truth found in the Gospel accounts of the divine origin, Incarnation, life, teachings, Crucifixion, Death on the Cross, Resurrection and promise of Life Everlasting in the divine Kingdom of the Father of the only-begotten Son of God.
I’ve been working on the preliminary plans for a new series of Seasonal Videos and a separate series of Teaching Videos which will be produced in A.D. 2016. The first in the Seasonal Videos series is a two episode series on Epiphany. Episode One will include discusssion of the difference between the religious and the secular meaning of “Epiphany” and a primer on the history of the season. Episode Two will show how the season is used in the 1928 Book of Common Prayer, with commentary on the Collect, Epistle and Gospel readings, and hymns unique to the season. There will be separate programs later in the year for theGesima/Lent; Easter to Ascension; Whitsunday/Pentecost & Trinity seasons.
The second series in preparation is The Lives of the Saints, a series of commentaries on the Christian Saints, starting with the Prayer Book saints, followed by Other Saints (Western) and Other Saints (Eastern), which I created for my former parish, St. John Chrysostom Anglican.
The third series, The Lord’s Prayer: Phrase-by-phrase, is a revival of a series I did for our now-closed UStream channel of streaming videos. The series should be available in February or March.
One final item for this week’s blog: I have placed ads for the Lessons & Carols for Christmas Eve and The Twelve Days of Christmas videos with VirtueOnline (www.Virtueonline.org) for the month of December. These will be replaced by an ad for the Epiphany series in January.
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