Nicene Creed – Episode One

Now that I’ve finished putting together the AIC Bookstore catalogue, which now includes 12NiceneCreed-Open-72dpi publications (counting the St. Chrysostom Hymnal in 2 volumes), I’m able to turn my attention to work on the video series on The Nicene Creed. (For the full bookstore catalogue, visit our Virtual Bookstore:  https://www.amazon.com/author/ronald-e-shibley).
The Nicene Creed series will provide the historical context for the calling of the Council of Nicea (325 A.D.), which was the first of the Seven Ecumenical Councils of the Church Universal.  I will address head-on the modern accusation that creeds cause cause heresy with a summary narrative on the most important heresies that faced the Church in the first six centuries.  Five of these existed before the new emperor, Constantine, summoned the Bishops, Priest and Deacons to the remote resort city of Nicea, well away from the distractions of urban Constantinople.   The opening and closing titles feature an exceptionally fine Russian Orthodox icon of the Council of Nicea, painted in the 17th Century.  The icon includes vignettes of events in the Life of Christ, including the Crucifixion, Resurrection, Raising of the Dead, Destruction of the Gates of Hades, Ascension and many others.

In the videos, I will break the Creed into three major parts: the sections on the Father, the Son; and the Holy Spirit (inculding the summary phrases in the final paragraph.  Illustrations in Episode One include a mid-19th C. engraving of the ruins of Niceaand a newspaper photograph of the ruins of a 5th or 6th C. Basilica discovered in shallow water in Lake Iznik (formerly Lake Askania) near the west end of the city.  Each phrase of the Creed will be discussed, including the historical and Scriptural context, with many quotations from both the Old and New Testaments.

At this time I have no idea now many episodes will be needed.  The series is based upon a streaming video series I broadcast live from St. John Chrysostom Anglican Church, Richmond, Va. in 2010 and 2011 A.D.  The music for the series is Reginald Heber’s Trinitarian hymn, Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty, written in 1827 and based on Revelation 4:6-11; 5:13; 15:2-4; and Isaiah 6:1-3.  It is played on the organ by Richard Irwin to the tune Nicea, composed by John B. Dykes (1861 A.D.).  Richard’s web site for this and other wonderful Church music played in the Anglican style is http://www.hymnswithoutwords.com.

Once again, thanks to all of you who have supported the AIC online ministry.  May God continue to bless you in all that you do in His Name.  Amen!   Glory be to God for all things!  Amen!

Watch the video:  https://youtu.be/xEZf9QcOf4M

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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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