The appointed Psalm reading for Christmas Day is Psalm 89:1-30. In the Podcast Homily I explore the traditional understanding of the Psalm, especially its Christological symbolism. I’ve attached three illustrations. The first is an illumination on Psalm 89, verses 6 to 14a, from the Stuttgart Psalter, in which Christ stands at center with King David at left and two Hebrew scholars on the right. The second is the upper portion of an 11th C. mosaic of Isaiah at Neo Moni Monastery, Chios, Greece. The third is an illumination of Luke writing his Gospel from the Ada Gospels. The Podcast Homily for the series will be posted on both the Welcome/Home page and the Podcast Homilies – Morning Prayer pages by the end of the day on Friday, Dec. 23rd.
Stuttgart Psalter, circa 820 A.D., Cod. Bibl. Fol.23, Folio 103v, Wurttembergische Landesbibliothek, Stuttgart, Germany. The image is used with Psalm 89 in the AIC Bookstore Publication, The Prayer Book Psalter: Picture Book Edition, to be published early in 2023 A.D. As it stands now the book will have 448 pages with over 200 illustrations from 820 A.D. to the 16th C.
I’m also pleased to report progress on the proposed book, The Prayer Book Psalter: Picture Book Edition. Three proof copies are in circulation for purposes of proof-reading and general commentary. It seems it is possible to publish the book in a single volume. It is now possible that the book could be available earlier in A.D. 2023 than I thought possible.
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