The newest AIC Bookstore Publication, Christmas: The Nativity of Our Lord in Scripture, Art & Christian Tradition is now available on my Amazon Author Central page. The book, printed in our 8.5″ x 8.5″ format, has 113 illustrations from 586 A.D. to the 21st C. displayed in 172 pages. With each sale, a royalty of $8.11 will be contributed to the AIC.
I’ve selected images from major collections of Christian art in the United States, England, Wales, Sweden, Germany, France, Bulgaria, Italy, Russia, Austria, and Netherlands. In the book’s preface I thank specific libraries for their assistance in providing high resolution images.
The book is organized into five parts. Part I is focused on St. Luke’s pre-Nativity narrative (Luke 1:1-80). Part II is focused on St. Luke’s Nativity narrative (Luke 2:1-40). Part III is focused on St. Matthew’s Nativity narrative (Matthew 1:1-25; 2:1-12). The focus in Part IV is the Great “O” Antiphons, a 12th C. celebration of the final days of Advent, and the Twelve Days of Christmas, with a key theme word for the twelve days from Christmas Day to Epiphany Eve. Part V includes Christmas traditions from around the world, with special focus on the “Real” St. Nicholas, the influence of Charles Dickens and how the season is celebrated in many countries.
In other Great News, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Bradford Peterson to the Board of Directors of the AIC. He is among the earliest supporters of my online ministry which started with live broadcasting of Holy Communion from my parish in Richmond VA in 2010 and podcasts of homilies. Mr. Peterson is a former prosecutor, public defender and counsel for the Guardian ad Litem program of the Florida Keys. His energies outside the law are devoted to at-risk youth literacy, to homeless outreach, and to the Proof Beyond Reasonable Doubt.org online thesis. He is blessed by his wonderful daughter, Iris, and enjoys the natural environs both on land and at sea, not excluding from youth onwards the habitats of Everglades National Park. He resides in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
One final item: a companion book to the Christmas volume is being prepared for Easter 2023.
As always, thank you for your interest and support. Glory be to God for all things! Amen!