This week, instead of my usual Weekly Update email, I’m using the blog to convey news of the latest progress in upgrading and updating the material on this web site. By the end of today, 8/20, I expect to complete the revisions to both episodes of Christmas: the Nativity of Our Lord. The series is the last of the Seasonal Videos to be upgraded in 2021. The upgrades include some replacement images and complete cross-reference to Other AIC Resources.
The remaining series that are in the process of getting upgrades are both series in The Lives of the Saints. The First Series is focused on the 1928 B.C.P. Saints, that is those eighteen names which remained on the canonical list in the first Anglican prayer book, the 1549 Book of Common Prayer. Archbishop Cranmer was under pressure concerning the whole concept of sainthood. He and his advisers decided to prune the list of saints, which had grown to enormous size over the generations, leaving only those persons actually named in Scripture. Over the generations since many names have been added to the list of canonical saints but the prayer book list had not changed. The generally-accepted (by Anglicans) list of “other saints” was printed in Lesser Feasts and Fasts. I use the 1963 edition. All the necessary changes have been made, leaving only the making of new videos. The Second Series honors 35 saints, including the three Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, who are celebrated on 28 Holy Days during the year. These come from both the Western and Eastern Church traditions. This series includes several Anglican saints, William Laud (Jan. 10), Lancelot Andrewes (Sep. 25/26), the three English Martyrs: Thomas Cranmer, Nicholas Ridley and Hugh Latimer (Oct. 16) and Margaret of Scotland (Nov. 16). If all goes well with the editing the 47 episodes in the two series could be completed and online by the middle of September.
The completion of the three video series will leave only the Podcast Homilies for the Sundays in the 1928 B.C.P. to be revised.
One final note: an error was discovered in Lessons & Carols for Christmas Eve in which the music for Good Christian Men Rejoice has two more lines than the text in the slides. A new recording has been produced and will be introduced into the video later this month,
As always, thank you for your interest and support. May God bless you in all that you do in His name. Glory be to God for all things! Amen!