In the Cross of Christ I Glory for Good Friday, A.D. 2018

In the Cross
I’m very pleased to announce the uploading yesterday of the AIC Seasonal Video series, In the Cross of Christ I Glory just in time for Good Friday in A.D. 2018.   The program is a video version of the Noon to 3 P.M. Good Friday program I presented at my former parish before my retirement from the pulpit ministry.  Although the actual program was spread across a three-hour timespan, the actual spoken content ran to less than one hour.  To keep the video version within reasonable time limits, the 2018 A.D, video version is presented in two parts.   Part One (32 min) includes the Opening Prayers, Introduction, and the First through the Fourth words.  Part Two (26 min) includes the Fifth, Sixth and Seventh words plus the Closing Remarks.

Watch Part 1.   Listen to the Podcast of Part 1.

Watch Part 2.   Listen to the Podcast of Part 2.

In the Cross-Slide12-revIn the earlier podcast versions I read both the Verse and the Response lines and said the Amen.  In the new video version, I enlisted the help of the congregation at Holy Cross Reformed Episcopal Church in North Chesterfield, VA.  I thank them for their enthusiastic participation.   They and I speak the opening Confession (left), repeated at the start of each section); the opening Verse and Response that includes the Lord’s Prayer; the  internal transition Verse and Response (see below) in each of the seven parts; the closing Verse and Response which includes the Nicene Creed; and, throughout, the Amen for each prayer.    To enhance the viewing experience and make it as much as possible like participation in the original 3-hour program, I have inserted an Intermission slide betweenIn the Cross-Title-Intermission each of the sections, with the instruction to pause the video. Each transition slides notes the starting time of the next section.

The program is built upon the solid foundation laid in 1946 A.D. by the Most Rev. William Moody, Bishop of Lexington, KY, who built his work upon the early-20th C. Good Friday lessons by the eminent theologian, the Very Rev. George Moody, who headed the Episcopal Theological Seminary, Cambridge, MA.  To this wonderful base of spiritual-minded prayers (about half of which were composed by Bp. Moody) and reflections upon the lessons of Good Friday, I added, in the mini-homilies in each section, the interpretations of the great Eastern Church fathers, including St. John Chrysostom (John the Golden Mouth); St. Gregory of Nyssa; and St. Athanasius of Alexandria.

In the Cross-Slide23The video version includes 117 slides, each with an illustration.  There are about 48 different illustrations, ranging from the oldest known representation of the Crucifixion from around the mid-6th C. in Northern Mesopotamia (part of modern Syria), to mosaics, frescoes, watercolors, engravings, and paintings from the 6th through the 18th C. in the Western and Eastern Church artistic traditions; and, from the 19th C., stained glass windows.  One of these windows, a stunningly-beautiful piece at St. Gertrude’s Church, Stockholm, Sweden, is used as the transition slide that marks the start of the Verse and Response for each part of the program.  For the Confession slide, I inserted a Christ Pantokrator mosaic (top left) from the Hagia Sophia at Constantinople commissioned by the Byzantine Emperor Justininian in the 6th C.  The picture credit lines are not mentioned in the narrative, both to save time and to avoid distraction from the meaning of the text and the solemn mood of the presentation.

I hope you will share links to this presentation with friends, family, business associates, and others with an interest in hearing traditional Christian teaching and interpretation.

As always, I thank you for your interest in and support for this Internet-based ministry.  May the Lord bless you in all that you do in His Name.  Amen.  Glory be to God for all things! Amen!

Lent A.D. 2018 – Episode Three

Lent-Slide60Episode Three in the AIC Seasonal Video series, Lent A.D. 2018, was uploaded this morning to our You Tube and Podbean channels.   The focus of the episode is Fifth Sunday in Lent (Passion Sunday), Sixth Sunday in Lent (Palm Sunday), and Holy Week (Monday before Easter through Easter Even).  The text includes historical background plus commentary on all the Collects, Epistle, “For the Epistle” and Gospel readings plus a selection of seasonal music from The St. Chrysostom Hymnal.

I pay special tribute to St. Helen, mother of Emperor Constantine, through whose vigorous efforts the historical and artistic connections between the Holy Land and the Church Universal was restored and many new churches built in Jerusalem and Bethlehem.  It was through her efforts that Christian pilgrimages to the Holy Land began.  The remains of the Churches she built provide the foundations for later churches on the same sites, including the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem and the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.

Watch the Video of Episode Three.    Listen to the Podcast of Episode Three.

In the Cross-Title-Part1An offshoot arising out of the production of Episode Three was an idea that came to mind very, very early in the morning a few weeks ago.  I pondered it carefully and when I got up and went to my Mac I tried to assemble my thoughts on how to implement the idea.   When I retired from the pulpit ministry a few years ago, I had intended to make the 3-hour presentation for Good Friday, In the Cross of Christ I Glory, into an AIC Seasonal Video presentation.  Other projects (podcasts, videos and books)  overwhelmed me and I just never got around to it.   In the Cross of Christ I Glory has been available only in the Podcast Homily versions recorded in 2014-2015 A.D. and presented in eight parts.  The program was built upon the foundation of a 1946 A.D. presentation for Good Friday by Bishop William Moody, which I augmented with comments by the Very Rev. George Hodges from his Good Friday services and lectures from 1904 A.D.  To this base I added material for the mini-homilies accompanying the seven words from the Cross from the homilies of St. John Chrysostom and St. Gregory of Nyssa.

In the Cross of Christ I Glory will be offered as a video in two parts (to keep each video under 30 minutes).  Viewers will see 117 slides illustrated with nearly four dozen icons, frescoes, mosaics, engravings, watercolors, and paintings from the mid-6th C. to the late 19th C.   The program is presented in nine parts, separated by INTERMISSION slides so that viewers can simulate the entire 3-hr (Noon to 3 PM) experience of the original program.  The sound track will include not only my voice narration of the script but also voices for the “all saying together” portions and the responses.   The slides are now complete and the voice recording is scheduled for next week.  There’s still a lot to be done to coordinate the voices and the pictures, but, baring any technical glitches,  I expect to have the work complete and ready to view on or before Palm Sunday.

As always, thank you for your interest in and support for this Internet-based ministry.   Please consider sharing the content with friends, neighbors, fellow-parishioners and others.  You can subscribe to the Blog by clicking the “Follow Anglican Internet Church” tab in the righthand column.    Please also take some time to explore the rest of our Web Site.  All our videos are linked from the Digital Library page.  Other pages are dedicated to Podcast Homilies.  The Podcast Archive page has links to the voice track of all our videos.  The Virtual Bookstore link takes you to my Amazon Author Central page, where you can find out prices and availability for all 12 of the AIC Bookstore catalogue.

May the Lord bless you in all that you do in His holy Name!  Amen!  Glory be to God for all things! Amen.


Episode Seven – The War on Christianity

WOC-Slide96aWith Episode Seven in The War on Christianity I conclude my discussion of the Te Deum Laudamus in its function as a First Line of Defense for any Christian in the world’s on-going battle with Christianity.  The focus of the discussion is Part Two (“Thou art the King of Glory: though “numbered with thy saints in glory everlasting”) and Part Three (“O Lord save thy people” through “let me never be confounded”).  I close the episode with an exploration of the Scriptural origin and usage of “confounded,” especially in the sense of its meaning as not letting oneself get led away from Christian Truth.

Watch Episode Seven.     Listen to Episode Seven.

Readers of the blog should be pleased to learn that I’ve completed all but the recording of Episode Three, the final episode, in Lent A.D. 2018, which is focused on Passion Sunday, Palm Sunday and Holy Week (including Easter Eve).  I hope to get the recording finished next week and, barring any technical glitches, get it uploaded by the end of the week or the first of the following week.

In the Cross-Slide1In other news, I’ve decided to produce a video version of In the Cross of Christ I Glory, the three-hour Good Friday meditations I developed and used in my former parish.  The videos will be produced in however many parts are required to keep each episode to under 35 minutes.  There will be Intermission slides between each of the segments so that viewers can pause the video until the appropriate hour.  There will be no separate podcast versions, since Podcasts of an earlier version are already available from the Podcast Homilies page:

  • Opening Sentences, Prayers and Responses (12:00 Noon)
  • Introduction (12:10 P.M.)
  • First Word (12:30 P.M.)
  • Second Word (12:50 P.M.)
  • Third Word (1:10 P.M.)
  • Fourth Word (1:35 P.M.)
  • Fifth Word (1:55 P.M.)
  • Sixth Word (2:15 P.M.)
  • Seventh Word (2:35 P.M.)
  • Closing Prayers (2:50 P.M.)

The videos will include many illustrations of the events of Good Friday and images associated with the source of the prayers, including stained glass windows, icons, frescoes, mosaics, and engravings from the 6th through the late 19th C.   In this way I can share with viewers much of the catalogue of public domain and royalty-free images I have assembled since launching the AIC effort in 2010 A.D.

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Glory be to God for all things!  Amen!


Episode 6 – The War on Christianity

WOC-Slide80The long-delayed Episode Six in the AIC Christian Education video series The War on Christianity is now online in both video and podcast versions.   Subtitled “The First Line of Defense,” the episode is focused on Part One of the Te Deum Laudamus canticle (from the opening sentence to “also the Holy Ghost, the Comforter”).  The episode includes a summary of the canticle’s history and a verse-by-verse commentary on its meaning and Scriptural warrant, with illustrations from the 6th through the 21st C.  This powerful and inspiring Canticle is the first suggested Canticle (or “Hymn” in the rubric in page 10) following the First Lesson in Morning Prayer.

The Te Deum Laudamus, so named after its first words in Latin, meaning We praise Thee, O God, is among the very best summaries of the most essential doctrines of Christianity — everything from angels, cherubim and seraphim; martyrs and apostles; to the Holy Spirit.   The slides include an annotated version of the text with emphasis and pause indicators.  To save time in the presentation, the text is read rather than chanted.   This episode is the first of several on the concept of understanding the teachings of the Church as the best “first line of defense” for individual Christians in the secular world’s on-going War on Christianity.

Watch Episode Six.    Listen to the Podcast of Episode Six.

Episode Seven, focused on Parts Two and Three, will be uploaded later in February or in the first full week of March.

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May God bless you in all that you do in His Name.  Glory be to God for all tings! Amen!



Lent AD 2018 – Episode Two

Lent-Slide47Episode Two in the AIC Seasonal Video series, Lent A.D. 2018, is now available on our YouTube channel.  The subjects of Episode Two are other commemorations of Lent (Lenten meals, prayers and music) and the Collects, Epistle and Gospel readings, and suggested seasonal music, for First Sunday in Lent through and including the Fourth Sunday in Lent.  I’ve found some additional illustrations, including a stained glass window of St. Paul in East Anglia, England (above, left), to which I applied perspective correction.   I used this one because, since all four epistle readings are from the writings of St. Paul, I was running out of images not previously used (either in Episode One or in other AIC Video series).  Also in the episode is a Russian Orthodox icon of St. Paul in flowing robes from the 18th C., from the iconostasis at the Church of the Transfiguration, Kizhi Monastery, Karelia, Russia.  The music suggestions come from the AIC Bookstore publication, The St. Chrysostom Hymnal, which include hymns either not in the 1940 Hymnal or which are in it but set to different tunes.

Watch the Video.    Listen to the Podcast Version of Episode Two

I am already working on Episode Three, which will be the final episode in the series.  It will be focused on Passiontide, including the Fifth Sunday in Lent (Passion Sunday), Sixth Sunday in Lent (Palm Sunday) and Maundy Thursday (Holy Thursday).  The episode, due for release before Passion Sunday, will include many illustrations not commonly seen in the Western Church, including mosaics, frescoes and icons.   The multi-part AIC service for Good Friday, In the Cross of Christ I Glory, is already available in Podcast version and in written form in another AIC Bookstore publication, Occasional Services for Anglican Worship (pp. 75-101).  The eight podcasts are linked from the Podcast Homilies page.  The book is linked from the Virtual Bookstore tab at the bottom on the home page.

The next AIC Seasonal Video series is Easter: From Easter to Ascension, for which I have developed a special graphic featuring a 16th C. icon of the Resurrection.

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If you have not already done so, I urge readers to attend an Ash Wednesday service today and receive the Imposition of Ashes.

May God bless you in all that you do in His Name.  Glory be to God for all things!  Amen.

Lent A.D. 2018 – Episode 1

Lent-Slide3The first episode in the newest AIC Seasonal Video series, Lent A.D. 2018, is now available in both video and podcast version.  The series will include three episode.  Episode One is focused on the origin and meaning of the Feast of Lent and an examination of the two services for Ash Wednesday in the 1928 Book of Common Prayer.  In Episode Two I will discuss the Collect, Episode and Gospel readings, and appropriate music for the first four Sundays in Lent.  In Episode Three, the focus will be on the final two Sundays plus a discussion of Maundy Thursday.

Episode One is illustrated with mosaics, stained glass windows and paintings from the artistic traditions of both the Western and Eastern Church.   The series on Lent will be followed later this year by separate series in the same format on Easter (up to Ascension Day) and Trinity.  When all the episodes are complete, there will be, with a lone exception, Seasonal Videos on the Digital Library page of this site on the entire Church Calendar from Advent through Trinity.  The presentation for Good Friday is available only in Podcast form on the Podcast Homilies page under the title In the Cross of Christ I Glory, offered in eight segments of about 12-15 minutes each.

Watch Episode One.        Listen to the Podcast of Episode One.

As always, thank you for your interest in and support for this Internet-based ministry aimed at helping the average lay person have access, 24/7, to theologically-sound materials in video, podcast, paperback (or Kindle) formats.  Given the secular world’s continuing assault on Christianity, these resources are needed more than ever.  My message to readers and viewers is that you are not alone.  You stand with millions of the faithful around the world.

May God bless you in all that you do in His Name!  Amen.  Glory be to God for all things! Amen!

Gesima: the Sundays in Pre-Lent – Episode Two

Gesima-Slide17Episode Two in our newest Seasonal Video series, Gesima: the Sundays in Pre-Lent, was uploaded yesterday.  The second and last episode in the series, it is focused on the Collect, Epistle and Gospel for both Sexagesima Sunday and Quinquagesima Sunday plus commentary on Shrove Tuesday, the last day before Lent.

The purpose of this series and the other Seasonal Videos that will come out later this year (including complete series on Lent, Easter and Trinity seasons) is to help Anglicans and other traditional Christians understand the rich historical legacy they’ve received since the days of the Apostles as a means of defense in the world’s War on Christianity.  I believe it is absolutely vital to the Church that 21st C. Christians do not lose their connections with the liturgies and traditions of Christianity.  There is strength and wisdom in knowing you are saying the same prayers which Christians all around the world have been saying for centuries and centuries.  All this modern desire to rephrase the historical into vague, colorless modern vocabulary, and singing hymns that call to mind an Oscar Meyer hotdog jingle rather than real spirituality, is just a way to change the meaning.  After a few years it becomes like the secret told in sequence to ten different people, with what emerges having nearly nothing similar to the original story.  Frankly, this is what makes me thankful to be an Anglican, using a nearly unchanged prayer book that is largely unaltered since 1549 A.D. and is based upon liturgies, translated into English, which had been in use in one form or another since the early centuries of Christianity.

In addition to pictures of notable Anglican Churches, the episode also includes reference to several hymns from The St. Chrysostom Hymnal suitable for Sexagesima and Quinquagesima Sundays.   Information about the Hymnal is available at our Virtual Bookstore on my Amazon Author Central page.

Watch Episode Two.       Listen to the Podcast of Episode Two

On the topic mentioned about, concerning traditional doctrine and practice:  On Monday, the Washington Times published an Op-Ed on Christianity and the risk it, and Western Civilization, face in today’s world.  I’ve linked the article below.  A must-read article from Monday, 1/29/2018 Washington Times.

Lent-Title1-smallI’ve been working on the slides and script for Episode One in the Lent A.D. 2018 seasonal video. which must be uploaded days before Ash Wednesday, 2/14.  There will be three main areas of interest in Episode One:  church meaning of the season; origin of the season; and discussion of services (Holy Communion and Penitential Office) for Ash Wednesday.    The first draft of the title/masthead is at left.   The image of a draped Cross is copyright Can Stock Photo, Inc./Robhainer.   There will be pictures of Anglican Churches around the world, especially altars, including St. Paul’s in London.  Episode Two will be focused on First, Second, Third, and Fourth Sundays in Lent.  I’m still searching for pictures to use in the series.  Any suggestions would be welcome.  Pass them along to me via email at:

As always, thank you for your interest in and support for the Anglican Internet Church.  May the Lord bless you in all that you do in His Name. Amen.  Glory be to God for all things!  Amen!



Gesima: the Sundays of Pre-Lent – Episode One

Gesima-Slide2The next teaching series in the AIC Seasonal Video category, Gesima: the Sundays of Pre-Lent, begins today with Episode One.  In Episode One I discuss the origin (both the historical and language) of the name, the season’s importance for traditional Anglican worship and a discussion of the first Sunday in the season, Septuagesima Sunday, including appropriate music.

Watch the Video.     Listen to the Podcast

The series includes illustration not only of mosaics, paintings, stained glass windows and statuary, but also interior photographs of some notable Anglican churches in Bermuda, Canada and England.  I’ve also included information about a selection of hymns in The St. Chrysostom Hymnal, focused on those suitable for Opening, Sequence, Sermon and Closing hymns.

Episode Two in the series will be focused on the remaining two Sundays and on Shrove Tuesday, the last day in the season and how it is celebrated around the world.  Episode Two should be available during the week of February 5th.

The next series is focused on Lent.  I’m hopeful of completing it before Ash Wednesday.

As always, thank you for your interest in and support of the Internet-based ministry of The Anglican Internet Church.   You can help spread the word by sharing these Blog entries with friends and family.

May God bless you in all that you do in His Name!  Amen!



Epiphany: the Manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles – Episode Three

Epiphany-2018-Slide43Episode Three, the final episode, in the AIC Seasonal Video series, Epiphany: the Manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles, is now available in both video and podcast versions.   Episode Three is exclusively focused on the Second Sunday after Trinity through the Sixth Sunday after Trinity, including the complicated rules for their celebration in years with both 26 and 27 Sundays after Trinity.   For each Sunday there is a discussion of the theme of the day, the Epistle and Gospel readings, and appropriate music for the day or season.  Includes music added for the St. Chrysostom Hymnal, complete in one volume, released earlier this year.

Watch the Video.    Listen to the Podcast version.

I have started work on the “Gesima” season version which follows the same format.  I hope to have Episode One completed before Septuagesima Sunday on February 28th.

As always, thank you for your support of and interest in the Internet-based ministry of the Anglican Internet Church.  May the Lord bless you in all that you do in His Name.  Glory be to God for all things! Amen!

Epiphany: the Manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles – Episode 2

Epiphany-2018-Slide17Episode Two in the revised 2018 A.D. edition of Epiphany: the Manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles is now available both on our YouTube channel and through the episode links on the Digital Library page.   The focus of Episode Two has been changed since last week’s blog post.  The topics are Epiphany Eve, Epiphany (Day) and the First Sunday after Epiphany, including  appropriate Scripture readings from the 1928 Book of Common Prayer, the Proper for the Feast, the timeline of how and when St. Matthew’s “wise men” acquired a number and names, and seasonal music for Epiphany in The St. Chrysostom Hymnal (now available in a single volume paperback edition).

Watch the Episode Two video.    Listen to the Podcast version.

Illustrations for Episode Two include the 8th C. fresco shown above, an 11th C. mosaic, icons from the 15th to 18th C., paintings from the 15th C., statuary in a 15th C. cathedral in Spain, and stained glass windows from the 19th C. in the United States and Germany.

Episode Three, which will be uploaded during the week of January 15th, is focused on all the remaining Sundays in Epiphany season (2nd through 6th Sunday after Epiphany), their Scripture readings and Collects, appropriate seasonal music, and the prayer book’s provisions for transfer of services In years with either 26 or 27 Sundays after Trinity.

In other news, there were more attacks on Christians and upon Christianity during the Christmas and New Year holidays.  Remember that the secular forces at work in the world can only win the War on Christianity if we let them!  Fight back by continuing to read, study and learn the traditional teachings of the Church Universal.  I’ll have more to say on the topic when the next two episodes in our War on Christianity series become available, hopefully before the end of January, with Episodes Six and Seven, studies of the Te Deum Laudamus as a First Line of Defense.

As always, thank you for your interest in the online ministry of The Anglican Internet Church.  May the Lord bless you in all that you do in His Name!  Amen!  Glory be to God of all things! Amen!