Saturday, February 18th, is the Feast Day of St. Simeon of Jerusalem. Episode Twelve in The Lives of the Saints – Second Series honors his devoted work in leading the church in the 1st Century. The illustration is a Russian Orthodox icon showing him in bishop’s garb against gold background. The location and date was not specified by the public domain source. This is a short episode, owing to the lack of material about St. Simeon.
I’ve finished the script and slides for several additional episodes in the series, including St. Thomas Aquinas (Mar 8); St. Gregory the Great (Mar 12), St. John Climacus (Mar 30), and St. Athanasius of Alexandria (May 2) and am trying to wrap up the text and slides for St. Basil of Caesarea (June 14). I’ve bought additional royalty-free photographs for several of these episodes. The ones for the St. Athanasius episode are remarkable, with the wonderful blues and whites used by the Byzantine and Greek artists in the 9th C. and later.
On the AIC Bookstore front there is excellent news this week. My proofreader has finished with The Writing Prophets of the Old Testament. Those readers who have used page designing software will be familiar with the problem of text continuation into later pages. Well, in the section on Daniel the continuation went haywire, with several pages out of correct order, making reading a challenge. Also, there was insufficient clarity on my part about exactly where the non-canonical verses fit into the chronology in the canonical version of Daniel. All these problems were fixed and the chapter on Daniel returned for further checking. I am hopeful the second proofing will be completed by early next week, making publication possible before the end of February.
I remain hopeful that the proofing of 2nd Edition of The Prayer Book Psalter: History, Text & Commentary will be finished this month as well. The proofreader is a different person than the one who is working on the Prophets book. There are many more source citations to be checked, since the book is so much longer. For the second edition I changed type faces and sizes and added cross references to other AIC Bookstore publications which have been produced since the original book was finished in 2014. The book also has a new cover using the white lettering on black background which I introduced last year for other books.
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