Lives of the Saints – Second Series

The illustration is Christ Pantrokrator in the dome at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem. Photograph credit:  copyright Can Stock Photo, Inc./slavapolo.

I’ve resumed work on our newest video and podcast series, The Lives of the Saints Second Series.  The programs celebrate 35 Eastern and Western Church saints not given Holy Days in the 1928 Book of Common Prayer.   Like the First Series, these programs grew out of a series of Tuesday evening homilies at my former parish.  These “pen portraits” of the saints were intended to help parishioners to a better, fuller understanding of both the lives and death of the saints and their influence on the development of the Church Universal over the generations.  The series is not just about the gory details of martyrdom but also the contributions of the saints to theology, music and liturgy.

The SecondSeries will include 30 episodes with the first to be released on or before December 4th.  Later episodes will be released during the Church Year on or before the dates celebrated on the Church Calendar.  The music for the series, as it was in the First Series, is Horatio Nelson’s hymn, From All the Saints in Warfare, written in 1864 A.D. and played by Richard Irwin on a Church organ to the familiar tune, Aurelia (best known for its use with The Church’s One Foundation).

The format will be the same as that of the First Series, with historical background, highlights of important events, quotations from the saints (where possible), information about the resting place of any relics and a closing Collect from the 1960s edition of Lesser Feasts and Fasts.  Episodes will be illustrated (where available) with historic art, icons and frescoes.   The length of the episodes will vary greatly, depending upon the amount of information available, with the average around 15 minutes.  For the Feast of St. John Chrysostom (January 27th) the episode will be split into two parts, with the historical information in Part One and a dramatic reading of the Seven Nocturnes, prayers attributed to John the Golden Mouth and rarely heard in the Western Church, in Part Two.  Where more than one saint is celebrated on a single date, each saint will be honored in a separate episode.

Calendar of the Saints:
December 4th
Clement of Alexandria; John of Damascus
December 6th
Nicholas of Myra
December 7th
Ambrose of Milan
January 10th
William Laud; Gregory of Nyssa
January 17th
Anthony of Egypt
January 25th
Gregory Nazianzen
January 27th
John Chrysostom (presented in two Parts)
February 4th
Cornelius the Centurion
February 18th
Simeon of Jerusalem
March 8th
Thomas Aquinas
March 12
Gregory the Great
March 30
John Climacus
June 14th
Basil of Caesarea
July 11th
Cyril and Methodius
July 25th
Joseph of Arimethea
August 28th
Augustine of Hippo
September 13th
Cyprian of Carthage
September 25th
Lancelot Andrewes
September 29th
Michael/Gabriel/Raphael (Archangels)
September 30th
Jerome of Jerusalem
October 4th
Francis of Assisi
October 6th
Vincent de Paul
October 16th
The English Martyrs (Cranmer, Ridley & Latimer)
November 10th
Leo the Great
November 16th
Margaret of Scotland
November 23rd
Clement of Rome
November 25th
Catherine of Alexandria

As always, thank you for your interest in and support of The Anglican Internet Church.  May God bless you in all that you do in His Name!  Amen!   Glory be to God for all things! Amen!


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Fr. Shibley is a retired Anglican clergyman who produces unique videos, podcasts and books explaining traditional Christian theology from an Anglican perspective. All materials are in layman's language with a minimum of technical or theological terms. All are available either free or at reasonable cost. The AIC Bookstore now includes 17 publications.

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