The Twelve Days of Christmas – A.D. 2018-2019 Edition

All twelve episodes in the revised and improved AIC Seasonal Video series, The Twelve Days of Christmas, are now online in both video and podcast formats.  The finished works represent the fourth version of this series that I began at Christmas A.D. 2013.  The new versions incorporate many examples of religious art not used in previous versions, most dating from the 10th to 15th C.  The video links are shown below.  Podcast versions are linked from the Podcast Archive page.  Each episode opens with its own version of the title page below.  With the completion of this series I have completed or updated all our Seasonal Video series (listed on the Digital Library page in order of their appearance in the Church Calendar.  The title illustration is a 12th C. fresco of the Visit of the Maji from the Cappadocia region of Turkish Asia Minor.

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First Day of Christmas – Dec. 25th – LOVE
Second Day of Christmas – Dec. 26th – FORGIVENESS
Third Day of Christmas – Dec. 27th – PEACE
Fourth Day of Christmas – Dec. 28th – COMPASSION
Fifth Day of Christmas – Dec. 29th – OBEDIENCE
Sixth Day of Christmas – Dec. 30th – JOY
Seventh Day of Christmas – Dec. 31st – FAMILY
Eighth Day of Christmas – Jan. 1st – CHURCH
Ninth Day of Christmas – Jan. 2nd – ANGELS
Tenth Day of Christmas – Jan. 3rd – COMMANDMENTS
Eleventh Day of Christmas – Jan. 4th – GLORIFYING GOD
Twelfth Day of Christmas – Jan. 5th – GRACE & FAITH

Merry Christmas to all from the Anglican Internet Church.

Next year we’ll bring you revised versions of all 45 episodes in our New Testament: Gospels series and more revised versions of the Podcast Homilies  (revisions already complete through Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany).

 

Lessons & Carols for Christmas Eve

Lessons and Carols-2018-Slide3The revised version of our unique Christmas Eve video, Lessons & Carols for Christmas Eve is now available in video and podcast format.  Many of the “new” historic Church art images added to our other programs have been incorporated, as well as new voice responses for the opening words, which repeat the closing antiphons for the companion series, The Great “O” Antiphons (also now available in seven revised episodes linked from the Digital Library and Podcast Archive pages.  My thanks to Fr. Ken Mills and his congregation at Holy Cross Anglican, Midlothian, VA for providing the voice responses.

Watch the video

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My next Blog posting is about the revised edition of The Twelve Days of Christmas, which is now available through links on the Digital Library and Podcast Archive pages.

Fourth Sunday in Advent: The First Gift of Christmas

My revised Podcast Homily for Fourth Sunday in Advent, on the theme “The First Gift of Christmas,” is available on the Podcast Homilies page. The revised version includes cross-references to other relevant material elsewhere on this site.

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Later today or tomorrow I will be posting links to the new versions of two AIC Seasonal Video series: Lessons and Carols for Christmas Eve and The Twelve Days of Christmas.

Revised Great “O” Antiphons Series

Yesterday I uploaded all seven revised episodes of our Seasonal Video series, The Great “O” Antiphons.  The series is available in video through our YouTube channel and in podcast versions through links on the Podcast Archive page.   The A.D. 2018 revisions modify the presentations style, introduce many of the examples of Church art, especially those from Western Europe between the 9th and the 15th C., and offer new voice responses.    Each episode includes a hymn.

The series follows the model of the original service from the Latin tradition in the 12th C.  After 9th centuries., there still is no better teaching service offering instruction in the Christian Faith.

Dec. 18th – O Sapientia (Wisdom)
Dec. 19th – O Adonai (Lord)
Dec. 20th – O Radix Jesse (Root of Jesse)
Dec. 21st – O Clavis David (Key of David)
Dec. 22nd – O Oriens (Dayspring)
Dec. 23rd – O Rex Gentium (King of Nations)
Dec. 24th – O Emmanuel (God with us)

Visit the Digital Library page for the videos

Visit the Podcast Archive page for the podcasts.

Later this will I will release the new Podcast Homily for Fourth Sunday in Advent and the new version of Lessons & Carols for Christmas Eve.

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

Third Sunday in Advent – Rejoice in the Love of God

My revised and extended Podcast Homily for Third Sunday in Advent is now available.  It is another of the themed-homilies for Advent Season, in this instance, Rejoice in the Love of God.  Third Sunday in Advent is represented in the traditional Advent Wreath by a rose-colored candle.  Visitors may benefit from the companion AIC Seasonal Video series, Advent: a Season of Penitence & Preparation. Episode Two features commentary on the Collect, Epistle and Gospel readings for Third Sunday in Advent as well as the Fourth Sunday in Advent.

A.D. 2012 Advent Wreath. Photo by Kettelenden. Public Domain.

Listen to the Podcast Homily.

Watch the Video of Episode Two in the Advent series

Listen to the Podcast of Episode Two

Preview of 2019 A.D. Projects

Great new changes are coming next year.  Instead of investing a lot of time and energy in a proposed Nativity book, I’ve decided to upgrade our existing 45-episode Bible Study Video series.   The Bible Study video series began as live streaming-video programs broadcast from my former parish nearly a decade ago.  Since the original version was produced, the AIC’s style of videos has changed dramatically, both in content and in appearance on the screen.   In addition, the new version will eliminate all obsolete references to persons, places and programs which are no longer relevant to the AIC’s online ministry.

For the new series, which as you see, has a new, more accurate title, the programs will incorporate the new style made possible by a change in software and the broadening of the AIC’s library of historic art.  We now have access to almost 1,000 images, including illuminations, icons, mosaics, frescoes, paintings, engravings, etchings and historic documents the oldest dating to the 3rd century.    The image in the title slide is the first page from the Gospel of St. John from a late 9th C.-early 10th C. illuminated Gospel made in Belgium.   The book is known by many names, the Coronation Gospels, the Athelstan Gospels and the Cotton Gospels.  Inprincipio is Latin for “In the beginning…”, the opening words of St. John’s prelude to this unique Gospel account.  The original is in the digital collections of the British Library, London, England.

Another major change to be incorporated into the revised Bible Study series is internal cross-referencing to Other AIC Resources on the same topics, words, phrases or theological concepts, including our Christian Education and Seasonal Videos; Podcast Homilies (also being revised and expanded in 2019 A.D.), and the AIC Bookstore Publications.   My objective is to help viewers take full advantage of the resources provided through the AIC Web Site, most of which are offered free of charge.   

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

Podcast Homilies Redux

I have now finished Phase I of the rebuilding of the Podcast Homilies page I announced in October.  Viewers and listeners will now find new links to freshly-recorded versions of my four theme-word or theme-phrase homilies for the Four Sundays in Advent; plus new Podcast Homilies for Christmas Day, First Sunday after Christmas Day, and Second Sunday after Christmas Day; and revised homilies for Epiphany (Day) and all six Sundays after Epiphany.  Within each homily are internal cross-references to Other AIC Resources on the same words, readings, topics or phrases.

These Other AIC Resources include:

  • Seasonal Videos:  our now-complete array of Seasonal Videos beginning with our two episode series, Advent: a Season of Penitence & Preparation, and ending with our nine episode series, Trinitytide: the Teaching Season.  Seasonal Videos are linked from the Digital Library page, displayed in order of the seasons on the Anglican Church Calendar.
  • Bible Study Videos:   both our Bible Study Video series, New Testament: Gospels (presented in 44 episodes) and Revelation presented in 28 episodes.  New episodes in the New Testament series will be recorded during late Winter and Spring, 2019 A.D.  Bible Study videos are linked from the Bible Study page.
  • Christian Education Videos: These include The Nicene Creed (presented in eight episodes), The Lord’s Prayer (presented in two episodes), The Lives of the Saints (presented in two series); and the on-going series The War on Christianity.  Christian Education Videos are linked from the Digital Library page, following the Seasonal Video links.
  • AIC Bookstore Publications:  all our books are available by special order from commercial bookstores and through the Virtual Bookstore link on the Home Page, which connects viewers to my Amazon Author page.  There will likely be one new books added in 2019 A.D., a Nativity account using the complete text from the Gospels of St. Matthew and St. Luke, illustrated with many of the historic works of art which were used for the Seasonal Video series.

Phase 2 in the rebuild, to be completed in January A.D. 2019, will include revised Podcast Homilies, with internal cross-references, for Gesima (Pre-Lent); Lent; and Easter.   The texts for all three seasons have been written and need only a final review before recording.  Texts for Good Friday remain unchanged, since they were revised in Spring A.D. 2018.   Phase 3, to be completed in February A.D. 2019, will include Podcast Homilies for Whitsunday/Pentecost, Trinity Sunday and the Sundays after Trinity.   The texts for Trinity season are only in the early stage of editing.   Both Phase 2 and Phase 3 will be work to be accomplished in the cold, dark and wet days of Winter in Virginia, when working on the yard, garden and house cannot be comfortably accomplished.

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Christmas: the Nativity of Our Lord – Episode Two

 

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The Holy Family Flees to Egypt, miniature in colored inks and gilt on paper, Book of Hours, c. 1430 A.D. Netherlands. MSS Additional 50005, British Library, London, England,  Perspective correction applied.

Episode Two in the AIC Seasonal Video series, Christmas: the Nativity of Our Lord is now available in both video and podcast versions.  Episode Two is focused on the Collect, Epistle and Gospel readings for First Sunday after Christmas Day and Second Sunday after Christmas Day, plus the 17 hymns or carols of Christmas in our St. Chrysostom Hymnal and which are not in the venerable 1940 Hymnal or are arranged to different tunes.

 

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Episode Two completes the cycle of having a teaching video for every season on the Anglican Church Calendar from the start of Advent through the end of Trinity season with Sunday next before Advent.    Videos for Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Gesims (or Pre-Lent), Lent, Easter (up to Ascension), Trinity Sunday and Whitsunday plus Whitsuntide, Trinity season are now linked from the Digital Library page with Podcast versions linked from the Podcast Archive page.  All programs are displayed in calendar order, with Advent at the top and Trinity at the bottom.  The video versions include illustrations in the form of icons, frescoes, painting, murals, mosaics, paintings, etchings, photographs, illuminations, engravings and miniatures from the religious traditions of both the Western and Eastern Churches.  In each series you viewers and listeners will find cross-references to Other AIC Resources on the same topics, key words, and phrases.

In other on-going work, I’ve been updating the Podcast Homilies series, originally produced in 2015 A.D. based on 12-minutes homilies I read at my former parish.  The revised A.D. 2018 version will include additional material plus cross-referencing to Other AIC Resources on similar topics, words, or phrases, including our Seasonal, Christian Education and Bible Study videos and our AIC Bookstore Publications.   The new versions should be available well before the start of Advent season.  Also in production are revised versions of The Great “O” Antiphons for Advent; Lessons & Carols for Christmas Eve; and The Twelve Days of Christmas series.

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The Podcast Homilies Rebuild

Just a little bit of introspection today.  I thought readers might want to know what’s in store for 2019 A.D. at the AIC web site.  With the coming completion of the Seasonal Video series (with Christmas: The Nativity of Our Lord‘s Episode Two in late October), attention turns to restructuring the Podcast Homilies platform, last changed early in 2015 A.D.

The Podcast Homilies page grew out of the 12-15 minutes homilies I delivered before my retirement from pulpit ministry.  The PH series is primarily focused on the Epistle and Gospel readings for the Sundays in the 1928 Book of Common Prayer.   The restructuring will involved integrating the Podcast Homilies into the inventory of teaching material available through Other AIC Resources.    For each of the Podcast Homilies I will add mentions of where the verses cited in the script are used in the 1928 B.C.P. liturgies and also cross-referencing each homily to where the same words, phrases, concepts, subjects are treated in Other AIC materials.

When the project is complete, hopefully by late Winter 2018-2019 A,D., readers and listeners will be able to take full advantage of the greatly-enlarged library of materials available on or through the AIC Web Site.  For example: in a homily which includes a reading from the Gospel of St. Luke, there will be cross-references to where the same reading appears in our Bible Study video series New Testament: Gospels; the appropriate Seasonal Video series with episode number; appropriate Christian Education series (Nicene Creed; Lord’s Prayer; Lives of the Saints; The War on Christianity); appropriate AIC Bookstore Publications, especially Layman’s Lexicon.

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

Christmas: The Nativity of Our Lord – Episode One

Christ-Nativity & Annun-Egbert_codex-Detail1-PCAI’ve completed and uploaded Episode One in Christmas: The Nativity of Our Lord, part of the final link in our chain of teaching videos for all the seasons in the 1928 Book of Common Prayer.  The series will have two episodes.  Episode One offers discussion of the evolution of the Christmas tradition; Anglican traditions of Christmas; and discussion and reading of both the first and second set of Collect, Epistle and Gospel readings for Christmas Day.   The series is illustrated with material from the 10th through the 20th C.  The oldest is a Byzantine-style illumination of the Nativity and the Annunciation to the Shepherds from the Codex Egberti, a Gospel book prepared in the Scriptorium of the Reichenau Monastery, Reichenau, Germany, between 980 and 993 A.D. for the incumbent bishop of Trier.  I applied perspective correction to the original file.  The Codex is part of the collection at the Trier Library, Trier, Germany.

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Other illustrations include an early 11th C. illumination from the Bamberg Apocalypse; a 14th C. French depiction of the coronation of Charlesmagne at Rome in 800 A.D.; a 14th C. oil on panel of Malachi by Duccio di Buoninsegna; a 10th C. depiction of St. John writing his Gospel from the Ottonian era of the Holy Roman Empire; a 13th C. mosaic at the Basilica of St. Mark, Venice; a circa 1420 A.D. Nativity scene in colored inks on parchment made in the Netherlands; F. X. Zettler’s elegant and beautiful stained glass window of the Nativity at St. Gertrude’s Church, Stockholm, Sweden; and Nativity murals from St. Joseph’s Villa Chapel, Richmond, Va from the AIC Bookstore publication, Paintings on Light.

Episode Two has been recorded but not yet place into video format.  It is focused on First Sunday after Christmas Day, Second Sunday after Christmas Day; the AIC Seasonal Video series, The Twelve Days of Christmas, soon to be available in a new edition; and, finally, the fourteen hymns in The St. Chrysostom Hymnal that are either not in the venerable 1940 Hymnal or are used by different, more easily-sung tunes.

I will also be recording new versions of The Great “O” Antiphons and Lessons and Carols for Christmas Eve in late October and early November.  I spoke yesterday at a Clericus of the Orthodox Anglican Church, meeting at St. Joseph’s Villa Chapel, on the topic, The Mistaken Quest for Relevance.

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