A lot has been happening at the AIC.
First, 0ur application for IRS Section 501(c)(3) public charity has been approved. We are categorized as “Religious Media & Communications.” This classification better suits our actual operation since we do not offer in-person worship in a fixed location. Nothing changes as a result of this new classification. In fact, we’ll be doing even more to provide access to theologically-reliable teaching material.
Second, the previously-announced Podcast Homilies for Morning Prayer series is progressing very rapidly. With the help of several libraries in the United States, England and continental Europe I have searched for examples of illuminated Psalters, Books of Hours and other print vehicles with “historiated” first letters and representations of scenes in or associated with each Psalm. I have selected one or more examples, which will be posted weekly in this Blog as each Podcast is released, for all the Sundays, plus Christmas Day, Epiphany Day and Ascension Day. The series will include a reading of the text of each Psalm and a brief reference to the First and Second Lessons in the Lectionary. The Podcasts for First, Second and Third Sunday in Advent have been recorded. The scripts for Fourth Sunday in Advent through Sunday After Ascension have been written and edited.
Third, I’ve started work on a companion Video program in which I will display some of the most outstanding examples of Scriptural illumination associated with the Psalms. The video also will include examples from Psalms that are not read in Morning Prayer. I have not yet selected the music for the series, or for the Podcast Homilies. Suggestions are welcome. Send them to me at email@example.com. I am hopeful that the video can be completed before Nov. 27, the first day of Advent, but, if not, early in the month of December. At left is an example of an illumination for Psalm 96 from the Book of Hours of Maria of Burgundy, produced in 1477, for which I am seeking from the Austrian National Library a higher-resolution image. The image is from Wikipedia Commons and is a copy of an illustration in a book about said Psalter.
Psalm 96 Book of Hours of Maria of Burgundy, circa 1477
Austrian National Library, Vienna, Austria
copy from Wikipedia Commons:
(Stundenbuch der Maria von Burgund Wien cod. 1857 Engel.jpg ). Maria (also called Mary) married the Hapsburg Emperor Maximillian I in the year the book was completed.
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Glory be to God for all things! Amen!