Episode Five in The Lives of the Saints – First Series, focused on the life and contributions to the Church Universal of St. Paul, was uploaded on January 25th, the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. In addition to the familiar unfinished icon by the celebrated Russian icon painter Andre Rublev, I’ve included a 14th C. mosaic at Chora Church, Istanbul (formerly Constantinople) and an early 20th C. mosaic from Romania; and photographs of the exterior and interior of the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, Rome, the place of St. Paul’s remains. The Basilica was completed in 1823 replacing an earlier building partially destroyed in a fire. The earliest Church on the site dates to the 3rd or 4th C. Watch the video on our You Tube channel. The podcast version is available using the new Podbean gadget on the Digital Library page at the AIC website. Or by clicking here The new Podbean Gadget is powered by html5 and also has a new look and feel. I’ve also updated the content and appearance of the Digital Library page.
Slides have been prepared for Episode 6 (St. Matthias – Feb 24), Episode 7 (St. Mark – Apr 25), Episode 8 (Sts. Philip & James the Less), and Episode 9 (St. Barnabas – Jun 11). These await the recording of the sound track and the making of the videos on the AIC’s iPad. Episode 6 will be released on Feb 24, with the others on their appropriate dates.
These episodes are not academic exercises but attempts to make the lives of these who sacrificed for the Church Universal more real for modern audiences, for many of whom the saints are distant images unrelated to their lives in the 21st C. With the War on Christianity going on each and every day, with murders, bombings and other atrocities largely uncovered by the popular media, knowledge of and undestanding of the early Church’s teachings becomes more vital to the survival of the Christian Faith.
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