Lives of the Saints – Episode 14 – St. Matthew

We’re having amazing weather here in Virginia.  Warm days.  Cool nights.  Lots of sunshine.  My petunia garden, this year featuring twenty different colors and patterns, loves every minute of it.  I’ve expanded my use of pedestals combined with trailing petunias to create columns of color throughout the garden.

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SAINT MATTHEW, statue by Camillo Rusconi, carved 1711-1715 A.D., Basilica of St. John Lateran, Rome.  Public domain.

This week I finished and uploaded Episode Fourteen in The Lives of the Saints, First Series – the 1928 B.C.P. Saints, which is focused on St. Matthew, whose Feast Day/Holy Day is September 21st.  The episode highlights the themes and unique content of St. Matthew’s Gospel. For the Collect for the Feast of St. Matthew I used a public domain picture of Camillo Rusconi’s early 18th C. statue at the Basilica of St. John Lateran, Rome.  As in Eastern Church icons, St. Matthew is shown holding his own Gospel book.  This statue has a liveliness unlike most of the others in the collection at St. John Lateran.  The position of the feet suggest St. Matthew is about to walk off the pedestal.

Watch the video     or    Listen to the Podcast

In other news, I expect to complete the First Series with two more episodes before moving on to the Second Series, which is focused on non-B.C.P. Saints from both the Eastern and Western Church traditions, especially the Anglican, Roman Catholic, and Eastern Orthodox.

The series on the Lord’s Prayer was delayed owing to some technical issues.  I delayed hoping to get permission to use a 29-sec. segment of a choral chant of the Trisagion Prayer from the Eastern tradition, but the organization declined to give its permission.    I am hopeful of being able to complete both episodes of that series early in May.

As always, thank you for your interest and support of The Anglican Internet Church’s online ministry.  Glory be to God for all things!  Amen!

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Fr. Shibley retired from pulpit ministry at Epiphany A.D. 2014. Since then he devotes his spare time to this online ministry producing videos, podcasts and books explaining traditional Christian theology and liturgy in layman's language with a minimum of technical or theological terms, and making them available either free or at reasonable cost.

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