Episode Three in the AIC Seasonal Video series, Lent A.D. 2018, was uploaded this morning to our You Tube and Podbean channels. The focus of the episode is Fifth Sunday in Lent (Passion Sunday), Sixth Sunday in Lent (Palm Sunday), and Holy Week (Monday before Easter through Easter Even). The text includes historical background plus commentary on all the Collects, Epistle, “For the Epistle” and Gospel readings plus a selection of seasonal music from The St. Chrysostom Hymnal.
I pay special tribute to St. Helen, mother of Emperor Constantine, through whose vigorous efforts the historical and artistic connections between the Holy Land and the Church Universal was restored and many new churches built in Jerusalem and Bethlehem. It was through her efforts that Christian pilgrimages to the Holy Land began. The remains of the Churches she built provide the foundations for later churches on the same sites, including the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem and the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.
Watch the Video of Episode Three. Listen to the Podcast of Episode Three.
An offshoot arising out of the production of Episode Three was an idea that came to mind very, very early in the morning a few weeks ago. I pondered it carefully and when I got up and went to my Mac I tried to assemble my thoughts on how to implement the idea. When I retired from the pulpit ministry a few years ago, I had intended to make the 3-hour presentation for Good Friday, In the Cross of Christ I Glory, into an AIC Seasonal Video presentation. Other projects (podcasts, videos and books) overwhelmed me and I just never got around to it. In the Cross of Christ I Glory has been available only in the Podcast Homily versions recorded in 2014-2015 A.D. and presented in eight parts. The program was built upon the foundation of a 1946 A.D. presentation for Good Friday by Bishop William Moody, which I augmented with comments by the Very Rev. George Hodges from his Good Friday services and lectures from 1904 A.D. To this base I added material for the mini-homilies accompanying the seven words from the Cross from the homilies of St. John Chrysostom and St. Gregory of Nyssa.
In the Cross of Christ I Glory will be offered as a video in two parts (to keep each video under 30 minutes). Viewers will see 117 slides illustrated with nearly four dozen icons, frescoes, mosaics, engravings, watercolors, and paintings from the mid-6th C. to the late 19th C. The program is presented in nine parts, separated by INTERMISSION slides so that viewers can simulate the entire 3-hr (Noon to 3 PM) experience of the original program. The sound track will include not only my voice narration of the script but also voices for the “all saying together” portions and the responses. The slides are now complete and the voice recording is scheduled for next week. There’s still a lot to be done to coordinate the voices and the pictures, but, baring any technical glitches, I expect to have the work complete and ready to view on or before Palm Sunday.
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