Somehow, with all the other issues which needed attention this week, I completed and uploaded Episode Two in the AIC Seasonal Video series, Trinitytide: The Teaching Season. This episode is focused on the Collects and readings for Trinity Sunday, First Sunday after Trinity and Second Sunday after Trinity, plus seasonal music.
As a teaching season it should be no surprise that major doctrinal issues are covered through both the Collects and the Epistle-Gospel combinations. The season starts with a rare liturgical reading from Revelation (Revelation 4:1-11), with the heavenly voice like a trumpet inviting St. John to “come up here” for a view of events to come from a heavenly perspective and the iconic pericope from the Gospel of St. John (John 3:1-15) recounting the nighttime visit of Nicodemus.
Week Two moves along to St. John’s essay on Love (Greek: agape) (1 John 4:7-21), which is paired with St. Luke’s account of the Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus. For the latter I chose a strikingly Byzantine-style representation painted in three panels at the Benedictine Monastery on Reichenau Island in southern Germany during the mid-11th C. The dinner is shown in the top row; the fate of Lazarus (in the “Bosom of Abraham”) in the second; and the Rich Man in, fittingly, the lower tier.
In week three, the final set of readings are another of St. John’s essays on love, plus the need for putting it into action, and St. Luke’s version of the Parable of the Great Supper, delivered much earlier that the Wedding Supper account in St. Matthew’s Gospel.
I’ve also included mention of the first three of 11 hymns to the Holy Trinity in The St. Chrysostom Hymnal which are not in the venerable 1940 Hymnal. The remaining hymns will be mentioned in remaining episodes in the series.
The series continues in Episode Three with discussion of the next three Sundays after Trinity.
As always, thank you for your interest and support. May God bless you in all that you do in His Name. Amen! Glory be to God for all things! Amen!