My Podcast Homily for Fourth Sunday after Epiphany has been posted and is now available using links on the Podcast Homilies-Morning Prayer page and the Welcome page. The focus of the homily is on Psalm 66, Jubilate Deo, a Psalm attributed to King David. The illustration is from the Bohun Psalter and Hours, prepared in southeast England, most likely London, in the 3rd Quarter, 14th C. for Humphrey Bohun, Earl of Hereford (Ms. Egerton 3277, Folio 44v, British Library, London, England), showing the last half of Psalm 66 at the top and the start of Psalm 67 with an illuminated capital letter at left center and the start of Psalm 78 at bottom left.
In our new book, The Prayer Book Psalter: Picture Book Edition, the Psalm is also illustrated with three illuminations from the Stuttgart Psalter, made in the Scriptorium, Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Pres, Parish, circa 820, probably under the patronage of the new Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne (Latin: Carolus Magnus). Charlemagne was crowned at Rome on Christmas Day, 800 A.D. with his teacher and religious mentor Alcuin of York at his side. Charlemagne, King of the Franks since 1768, had first met Alcuin in Parma, Italy, around 781. He appointed Alcuin as Abbot of the monastery of St. Martin, Tours, France, in 1796 and placed him in charge of the religious education of the members of the king’s court at Aachen.
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