Saints 2 – Gregory Nazianzen and John Chrysostom

GregoryNaz-Chora-wiki.jpgTwo new episodes in The Lives of the Saints (Second Series) were uploaded this week. Episode Nine celebrates the life and contributions to the Church Universal of St. Gregory Nazianzen, whose Feast Day is Jan. 25th.  St. Gregory is also known by two other names:  St. Gregory the Theologian and Gregory Nazianzus, which recognizes the name of his jurisdiction as Bishop in Asia Minor (now southeastern Turkey).

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The illustration is a Byzantine Orthodox mosaic, possibly 12th-13th C., of St. Gregory at Chora Church, Istanbul, wearing the regalia of an Eastern Church Bishop and carrying a golden and jewelled Gospel books.  This is the same church featured on the Home page at our Web Site.  It was originally known as Church of the Saviour in the Field (or Outside the Walls) and is now a museum.

St. Gregory is little known in the modern Western Church.  Roman Catholics would recognize him as one of the four “Doctors” of the Church (with his friend Basil of Caesarea, plus Athanasius and John Chrysostom).  He is one of only three men officially called “Theologian” in the Eastern Church, with St. John the Evangelist and Symeon the New Theologian.  He was granted the title at the Fourth Ecumenical Council at Chalcedon in 451 A.D.

His fame is based largely on his Five Theological Orations, delivered at Constantinople circa 378 A.D. and his testimony at the Second Ecumenical Council at Constantinople in 381 A.D.), all of which attempt to provide the Scriptural foundation of the doctrine of the Holy Trinity, especially the equality of the Holy Spirit with God the Father and God the Son.  In the episode I explain the theft of his remains in 1204 A.D. and their return to Eastern Church jurisdiction in November 2006 A.D.

John Chrysostom-Byz Mosaic.jpgEpisode Nine celebrates the life of the AIC’s patron saint, John Chrysostom, which literally means John the Golden Mouth.  He was perhaps the most gifted pulpit orator of the Church in the first 1,000 years of Christianity.  He left behind an enormous legacy of homilies on Genesis and the Psalms as well as the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, all the epistles of St. Paul, and St. Luke’s Acts of the Apostles.  He served the Church first at Antioch, the second See of the early Church, and later as the 12th Bishop of Constantinople, the last of the five early Sees of the Church.  St. John was forced from office by Empress Eudoxia in 403 A.D.  He returned briefly, owing to the strong public outcry against his expulsion, but was exiled a second and final time around 405 A.D.  He died in exile in 407 A.D.  HIs last words were: “Glory be to God for all things!”  His remains, along with those of Gregory Nazainzen, were stolen in 1204 A.D. during the Fourth Crusade.  For centuries, they remained in St. Peter’s Basilica (first the old one and then the current one). They were returned by Pope Benedict XVI in time for the Feast of St. Andrew in November 2006 A.D.

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In Episode Ten, to be released either this weekend or early next week, I will read the seven Nocturne Prayers traditionally associated with him and a selection from his extensive writings.

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Glory be to God for all things!  Amen!


Saints 2 – St. Anthony of Egypt

St. Anthony of Egypt, from Visitations with Saints Nicholas and Anthony, circa 1480 A.D., National Gallery, Washington, D.C.

Episode Seven in The Lives of the SaintsSecond Series is focused on the life of the first Christian monastic, St. Anthony of Egypt, whose Feast Day is Jan. 17th.   Curiously, the same printing house which produces all the AIC Bookstore Publications for us,, a division of Amazon, recently published a paperback edition of St. Athanasius’ biography of Anthony, The Life of St. Anthony.   Readers will notice that I have used the modern, Western Church spelling “Anthony.”

The episode includes a Coptic icon, probably from around the 9th C. of St. Anthony and St. Paul the Hermit, two 16th C. paintings of the Temptation of Anthony, a 17th C. painting of St. Anthony and the Blessed Virgin Mary, a modern photograph of the Monastery of St. Anthony, and the 15th C. oil on panel by Piero di Cosimo, which is on exhibit at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

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The next episode in the series, to be posted on or before January 25th, celebrates the life and contributions to the Church of St. Gregory Nazianzen (also called Gregory Nazianzus), one of the most important contributors to the Christian understanding of the Holy Trinity.

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Lives of the Saints 2 – New Episodes

Gregory of Nyssa

Just in time for January 10th, I have uploaded two new episodes in The Lives of the Saints = Second Series.  Episode Five honors the Blessed William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury and Martyr in the 17th C. at the start of the English Civil War.   Episode Six recognizes the life and contributions of one of the great Cappadocian Fathers of the 4th Century, Gregory of Nyssa (pronounced NISS-Uh).

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The next episode in the series, honoring St. Anthony of Egypt will be available on or before his Feast Day, January 17th.


The AIC Bookstore grew by one book this week with the publication of The 1928 Book of Common PrayerService Book Edition in both paperback and Kindle Editions.  These are linked from the AIC Web Site.   The 1928 B.C.P. Service Book Edition includes the text of the church’s primary liturgies: Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer, Penitential Office (Ash Wednesday), Litany, and Holy Communion, plus the entire text of the Psalter; plus the collection of Prayers and Thanksgivings and Family Prayers.  This paperback version is intended to help new parishes put prayers books in the pews at a cost about half the average price of the standard edition.

William Laud

Yet another addition to the Bookstore advanced a step this week with the submission of a a proof edition of The Writing Prophets of the Old Testament.  The final version includes 62 illustrations presented in 128 full color pages.  The Companion Video series is now in production, with the first episode expected before the end of January.

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May the Lord bless you in all that you do in His Name.  Amen.