I received notice via email this morning that Christmas: The Nativity of Our Lord in Scripture, Art & Christian Tradition is now available through my Amazon Author Central page (linked from this site at the bottom of the Welcome page.
Vacation News & Corrected Christmas Book Cover
My wife and I just returned from a very relaxing vacation at our daughter’s rental house in Frisco, N.C. The house is called Sounds Frisky. rented through Surf or Sound Realty. It is the last house on the last street in Frisco before crossing the road along Sandy Bay on NC 12 headed toward Hatteras Village. Above are two views from the 3rd floor deck. The first view sweeps from the view south toward the Atlantic Ocean and runs 180 degrees toward the northward view across Pamlico Sound. Sandy Bay and Hatteras village are straight ahead from the right center. The second view is from the back deck (with a 90 degree turn, showing more of Pamlico Sound starting the with private beach (and private dock) behind the house toward Buxton (site of Hatteras Light) and Avon.
Upon our return I discovered an error in the cover of Christmas: The Nativity of Our Lord in Scripture, Art & Christian Tradition, the newest publication of the AIC Bookstore. The correct cover was used earlier in this blog but the first potential cover, a stained glass window by F. X. Zettler in Stockholm, Sweden, was used in the first edition. The actual cover is a much bigger window, at a location not disclosed by the photographer, showing many more scenes of the Nativity. I have corrected the book, which should be available again in the next couple of days. Apologies for the error.
Finally, I’ve been working on the first homilies in the new series focused on the Psalm reading appointed for Morning Prayer. I hope that I can find an example of historic art to be posted on this blog annoucing each Podcast.
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New Podcast Homilies for Church Year 2022-2023
A new Church Year begins on First Sunday in Advent, which is always the Sunday closest to Nov. 30th, the Feast of St. Andrew. With the start of the new Church Year, I will introduce a new series of Podcast Homilies for Morning Prayer. Since each of the existing Podcast Homilies on this site includes references to the appointed Epistle or “For the Epistle” reading, these new homilies will be focused on themes found in the appointed Psalm reading for the day in the 1928 Book of Common Prayer. In this new series I will explore both the theological and historical importance of each set of Psalm verses, especially looking for verses traditionally considered as evidence of Christ in the Psalms.
These new Podcast Homilies will be produced beginning in early November, but will only appear in conjunction with the appropriate Sunday. My plan is to stay about four weeks ahead of the calendar. Where possible, the homilies will include art work from the many English Psalters of the period around the 10th to the 15th C. This rich treasure of Christian art is rarely seen in the 21st C. Their appearance is made possible by the digitization of the collections of major libraries in England, the United States and continental Europe. I will use illumnations from several of these Psalters in the upcoming AIC Bookstore Publication, Easter: The Resurrection of Our Lord in Scripture, Art & Christian Tradition.
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