Episode Two in our newest Seasonal Video series, Gesima: the Sundays in Pre-Lent, was uploaded yesterday. The second and last episode in the series, it is focused on the Collect, Epistle and Gospel for both Sexagesima Sunday and Quinquagesima Sunday plus commentary on Shrove Tuesday, the last day before Lent.
The purpose of this series and the other Seasonal Videos that will come out later this year (including complete series on Lent, Easter and Trinity seasons) is to help Anglicans and other traditional Christians understand the rich historical legacy they’ve received since the days of the Apostles as a means of defense in the world’s War on Christianity. I believe it is absolutely vital to the Church that 21st C. Christians do not lose their connections with the liturgies and traditions of Christianity. There is strength and wisdom in knowing you are saying the same prayers which Christians all around the world have been saying for centuries and centuries. All this modern desire to rephrase the historical into vague, colorless modern vocabulary, and singing hymns that call to mind an Oscar Meyer hotdog jingle rather than real spirituality, is just a way to change the meaning. After a few years it becomes like the secret told in sequence to ten different people, with what emerges having nearly nothing similar to the original story. Frankly, this is what makes me thankful to be an Anglican, using a nearly unchanged prayer book that is largely unaltered since 1549 A.D. and is based upon liturgies, translated into English, which had been in use in one form or another since the early centuries of Christianity.
In addition to pictures of notable Anglican Churches, the episode also includes reference to several hymns from The St. Chrysostom Hymnal suitable for Sexagesima and Quinquagesima Sundays. Information about the Hymnal is available at our Virtual Bookstore on my Amazon Author Central page.
On the topic mentioned about, concerning traditional doctrine and practice: On Monday, the Washington Times published an Op-Ed on Christianity and the risk it, and Western Civilization, face in today’s world. I’ve linked the article below. A must-read article from Monday, 1/29/2018 Washington Times.
I’ve been working on the slides and script for Episode One in the Lent A.D. 2018 seasonal video. which must be uploaded days before Ash Wednesday, 2/14. There will be three main areas of interest in Episode One: church meaning of the season; origin of the season; and discussion of services (Holy Communion and Penitential Office) for Ash Wednesday. The first draft of the title/masthead is at left. The image of a draped Cross is copyright Can Stock Photo, Inc./Robhainer. There will be pictures of Anglican Churches around the world, especially altars, including St. Paul’s in London. Episode Two will be focused on First, Second, Third, and Fourth Sundays in Lent. I’m still searching for pictures to use in the series. Any suggestions would be welcome. Pass them along to me via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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