Joseph of Arimathea & Bookstore Updates

Lamentation over the dead Christ-Perugino-1495Episode 19 in The Lives of the SaintsSecond Series, focused on the life of St. Joseph of Arimathea is now available in both video and podcast versions.  Finding a good graphic for St. Joseph was a challenge, since there are so few icons, mosaics or paintings of him.   The Byzantine icon, Descent from the Cross (14th C., Agia Marina, Kalapanagiotis, Cyprus shows the scene well.  But the most striking is Lamentation Over the Dead Christ, painted in oil on canvas by Pietro Perugino in 1495 A.D. and which is now displayed at the Pitta Palace, Florence, Italy, provides the most famous depiction.  From it many have extracted the head of St. Joseph, who kneels at the feet of Jesus.

Joseph of Arimethea-Tissot.jpgAnother image of Joseph of Arimathea is from the Life of Christ series of sketches in charcoal and watercolor by French artist James Tissot, now in the collection of the Brooklyn Museum, which has made them available in the public domain.  In Tissot’s work the subject is much more clearly of Semetic origins (compared to the Europeanized image painted by Perugino and typical of Western Church art).

The episode runs not quite 12 minutes.

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After many delays the Second Edition of The Prayer Book Psalter: History, Text and Commentary is now available in both paperback and Kindle versions.  You can purchase either or both versions (discount offered for purchasers of both versions) using the two Virtual Bookstore links at the AIC web site’s Home page.   The revised edition features larger illustrations in the Introduction, text formatting changes in the Psalter text and commentary section, and much new content which relates the text and commentary to all the other AIC Bookstore publications and the AIC Digital Library.  I have also added the Psalm’s first words in Latin, using the spellings from the 1928 B.C.P. text.  Another new feature is an primer on the method used in preparing the Prayer Book Usage sections, which follow the text of each of the 150 Psalms.   I had been working on the upgrade for almost a year and am very pleased to see this finished work available to the general public.

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Sts. Cyril & Methodius and The Garden in June Video

This has been an eventful week.  Revisions of two of our books have been sent to the printer, awaiting production of finished proofs and two new videos are available on our You Tube channel.

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Portion of a 19th C. mural of Sts. Cyril and Methodius holding the Cyrillic alphabet. Monastery of the Holy Mother of God, Troyan, Bulgaria. Public domain.

Episode Eighteen in The Lives of the Saints – Second Series, celebrating Saints Cyril and Methodius was uploaded last night.   The running time is just over 15 minutes.

Labelled in the 19th C. by Roman Catholic Pope Leo XIII as Apostles of the Slavs and known in the Eastern Church as “Enlighteners of the Slavs,” these two men created a new alphabet and produced Bible translations which brought the New Testament and much of the Old to the Slavic peoples in south central and Eastern Europe for the first time.

Working before the split between Rome and Constantinople that still plagues Christianity, Cyril and Methodius enjoyed the support of both jurisdictions.

The episode includes many illustration to usually seen in the Western Church.  The two saints are honored in the East and the West by the naming of churches and monasteries.

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Regular readers of this blog know that I am a great fan, if not to say, a fanatical one, of the latest developments in the world of petunias, especially those produced as Supertunias and the trademarked and patented line known as Surfinias.  Last month AIC Videos offered a 3-minute glimpse of my garden and its features.  To demonstrate the spectacular growth the my trailing petunias I produced a 1-minute update showing the growth.

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