The long-delayed Episode Six in the AIC Christian Education video series The War on Christianity is now online in both video and podcast versions. Subtitled “The First Line of Defense,” the episode is focused on Part One of the Te Deum Laudamus canticle (from the opening sentence to “also the Holy Ghost, the Comforter”). The episode includes a summary of the canticle’s history and a verse-by-verse commentary on its meaning and Scriptural warrant, with illustrations from the 6th through the 21st C. This powerful and inspiring Canticle is the first suggested Canticle (or “Hymn” in the rubric in page 10) following the First Lesson in Morning Prayer.
The Te Deum Laudamus, so named after its first words in Latin, meaning We praise Thee, O God, is among the very best summaries of the most essential doctrines of Christianity — everything from angels, cherubim and seraphim; martyrs and apostles; to the Holy Spirit. The slides include an annotated version of the text with emphasis and pause indicators. To save time in the presentation, the text is read rather than chanted. This episode is the first of several on the concept of understanding the teachings of the Church as the best “first line of defense” for individual Christians in the secular world’s on-going War on Christianity.
Episode Seven, focused on Parts Two and Three, will be uploaded later in February or in the first full week of March.
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