Episode Seven in The Nicene Creed series has been revised, in both the video and podcast versions to correct the omission of a sentence regarding the Council of Constantinople (381 A.D.). The new material is about 5 minutes shorter than the previous version, a change largely accomplished by omitting duplicate material and by speaking a little faster! The old versions have been removed from the archive at our web site, at our Podbean site, and at YouTube.
For those who watched the previous version, you will already know that it was at the Council of Constantinople that the description of Jesus Christ in the second paragraph was given more detail and the phrase “who kingdom shall have no end” was added at the end of the paragraph. The latter change was made to clarify the Church’s position on the interpretation of Revelation.
The Fathers at Constantinople also added a final paragraph which included a clarification concerning the equality of the Holy Spirit with the other two divine persons of the Holy Trinity. The foremost advocate of said equality was Basil of Caesarea in Cappadocia, author of On the Holy Spirit, written about 10 years before the Council met. Since St. Basil died about 2 years before the Council met, it fell to his younger brother, St. Gregory of Nyssa, a strong Trinitarian Christian who also had written about the Holy Spirit, to put St. Basil’s work before the Council. The adoption of the Holy Spirit language was perhaps the greatest public achievement of St. Gregory of Nyssa. St. Gregory will be the subject of Episode Five in The Lives of the Saints, Second Series, which will be available just before January 10th.
Reflecting the continued popularity of the 1928 B.C.P. among traditional Anglicans — and the decreasing likelihood that Anglicans can agree on a replacement, I am at work adapting the St. Chrysostom Edition of the 1928 B.C.P. used at my former parish. It will be formatted for use as an alternate Service Book including the full text of Morning and Evening Prayer, the Litany, the Penitential Office for Ash Wednesday, and Holy Communion; plus Psalter and the Family Prayers. It will retain all the rubrics from the 1928 B.C.P. My thinking is that this smaller paperback version will be less bulky and less expensive for parishes than the full version of the 1928 book and will make it possible for everyone in attendance to have access to the full text.
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