I’ve been very busy assembling material for the planned Podast Homilies for Morning Prayer series. So far, I have material for the first four Podcasts, all for the Sundays in Advent. Since the Podcasts are audio files, I’ve decided to prepare visual material as companions to the MP3 podcasts. For each Podcast Homily I will post a Blog entry with illustrations/illuminations based on the actual Psalm that is read in the Podcast or closely-related material. For this blog, I thought to provide readers with a glimpse of the quality of material I have assembled.
In the illuminated Psalters that were popular in continental Europe and England beginning around the second half of the 9th C., most of the illuminations were focused on events in only a select, small number of Psalms. Among the most common were Psalms 1, 23, 27, 39, 44, 52, 69, 80, 97, 110, 138 and 145. Many of these mark the traditional start of each of the five books of the Psalms. The numbers can be very confusing. The Vulgate Bible, the official Bible of the Roman Catholic Church since the Council of Trent, merged Psalms 8 and 9 into a single Psalm, which has the effect of making Psalms 10 t0 150 be off by one number compared to the Book of Common Prayer version. Some libraries mark the pages with Vulgate numbers but others use the English system, and one can only be certain by comparing the opening words in Latin in the BCP with the document.
It’s early days for the project but I expect to publish the Homily for First Sunday in Advent, which in 2022 is Nov. 27th, about a week before the official start of Advent and then publish one per week through the season, hopefully always being one month ahead of need!
The AIC Bookstore’s publication for this Fall and early Winter, Christmas: The Nativity of Our Lord in Scripture, Art & Christian Tradition is now available in paperback (8.5 x 8.5″ 112 illustrations in 172 pages) using the link to my Amazon Author Central page: https://amazon.com/author/ronald-e-shibley. Royalties from all AIC publications are contributed to the AIC.
Thank you for you continuing interest and support. Glory be to God for all things! Amen!