It’s been a very good week, with decent weather, a chance to get outdoors for at least one day, and several projects either completed or getting closer to completion.
On the video and podcast fronts, I completed and uploaded Episode Twelve in The Lives of the Saints, First Series, the 1928 B.C.P. Saints. Episode Twelve celebrates St. James the Greater, brother of St. John, whose feast day is July 25th. With so little known about St. James, this is a shorter episode, 15 minutes, but I’ve included some interesting art and other information many readers/viewers may not have seen, including this Photoshop altered version of a bas relief at the Basilica of St. Tropheme, Arles, France.
I am well into work on the Second Series, which will celebrate 35 saints from the Eastern and Western churches. Episodes should start appearing in early summer. The second episode in the new series celebrates St. John of Damascus (Dec. 4) and for the episode the very kind and generous Richard Irwin has recorded for me all three verses of St. John’s most famous hymn, The Day of Resurrection, arranged to the tune Ellacombe. Neither of the churches I attended during Easter played the tune in its wonderful, uplifting Anglican setting. Played that way it is among the most inspiring hymns in the Anglican tradition (though the tune has its origin in Germany).
The slides and script for the two-episode series, The Lord’s Prayer: Phrase-by-phrase, were completed today. I hope to record Episode One next week. For that series I am trying to get permission from a small Eastern Orthodox parish in the Midwest to let me use their choral chanting of the Trisagion Hymn, one of the oldest hymns in the Christian tradition and one which provides some context to the Third Petition (Thy will be done…as it is in heaven).
As always, thanks so much for your interest and support. May God bless you in all that you do in His Name! Glory be to God for all things! Amen!