Episode Four in the revised New Testament: Gospels Bible Study Video series, delayed last week owing to technical issues, is now online. The focus continues on the Life of Christ as fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy. The episode begins with the coming of John the Baptist fulfilling prophecies of Isaiah and Malachi and ends with the Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem. The featured illustration for this post is miniature fresco of scenes in the Life of Christ by Italian artist Giotto di Bondoni from his series of frescoes on the north wall, Scrovegni Chapel, Padua, Italy.
Episode Three in the revised edition of The New Testament: Gospels was uploaded to YouTube earlier this afternoon. The focus this time is completion of discussion of St. Matthew’s genealogy of Jesus, including the four women named, and the start of discussion of his theme of the Life of Christ as fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy.
This week’s rarely seen illustration is the illumination of Matthew Writing His Gospel from the Lindisfarne Gospels, produced in England around 750 A.D., with perspective correction adjustments, from the British Library by way of the Yorck Project: 10,000 Masterworks.
Next week’s release of Episode Four features more on the fulfillment of prophecy theme.
As always, thanks for your interest and support. May God bless you in all that you do in His Name. Glory be to God for all things! Amen!
Episode Two in the revised edition of the AIC Bible Study Video series, The New Testament:Gospels, is now available in both video and podcast formats. The episode, an introduction to the Gospel of St. Matthew beginning with its history and the genealogy of Jesus, includes four images of St. Matthew not often seen by the general public. The best of these, at left, is an illumination of St. Matthew from the Codex Aureus of Canterbury, made around 750 A.D. in England in the region of Canterbury. The Codex Aureus (Golden Gospel) was stolen by Viking raiders in the 9th C. and bought back through a monetary ransom payment later the same century. Where it resided between then and its movement to Spain in the early 16th C. is unclear. Two centuries later, in 1690 A.D. it was bought by the King of Sweden and since then has resided at the Konigliga Bibliotek (Royal Library), Stockholm, Sweden. The Codex is also known as the Codex Aureus of Stockholm. The image is from the Yorck Project’s CD collection, 10,000 Masterworks through Wikipedia Commons. I adjusted the image using perspective and other correction methods in Photoshop.
The second ancient image is equally magnificent, a page from a Gospel book produced by the Ottonian dynasty of Holy Roman Emperors in the late 9th or early 10th C. from Cotton Ms Tiberius A II, in the collection of the British Library, London, England. The third, circa 950 A.D., also comes the Ottonian period, from the collection of the New York Public Library. The fourth is closely-related to the start of the reign of Charlesmagne, the first emperor of the revived Holy Roman Empire in Europe, crowned by the sitting Pope in 800 A.D. The source is the Harley Golden Gospel, made in Aachen, Germany, around 800 A.D. from Ms. Harley 2788, also in the British Library, London. Most of us in the Western Church do not give enough credit to Charlesmagne’s commitment to the spread of Christianity into the Germanic territories. His sponsorship resulted in the creation of some of the finest religious art in the Western Church.
Episode Three, focused on more of the genealogy of Jesus and St. Matthew’s theme of the life of Jesus as fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy, will be released next week. The episode features more remarkable images of St. Matthew and other religious art.
As always, may God bless you in all that you do in His Name! Glory be to God for all things! Amen!
After repeated delays for technical reasons, Episode One in the revised AIC Bible Study Video series, The New Testament: Gospels, is now available in both video and podcast version. The new version is the third to be produced. The first was a series of live videocasts from my former parish. The second edition was introduced in A.D. 2015 after my retirement from pulpit ministry at Epiphany A.D. 2014.
Version Three includes many improvements, including a revised format more consistent with the style of the more recent AIC videos; many more examples of historic art from the 6th through the 20th C. from archives which have been digitized for wider audiences; and more direct quotations of Scripture, especially in the episodes on the Gospels of St. Matthew and St. Mark, which were the earliest in the series presented in a different format than later episodes. The series retains the original focus on teaching for the Laity and the informal style of presentation.
Among the examples of historic art included in Episode One is Luke Writing His Gospel, an illumination in tempera and gold on parchment produced in the region of Constantinople in the late 11th to early 12th C. I applied perspective correction to the original image from Ms Harley 5785, Folio 187v, British Library, London, England. Our archive now includes nearly a thousand such images from libraries, museums, churches, and government archives in England, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Russia, Macedonia, Bulgaria and the United States. These historic images are both beautiful and instructive on the spiritual message in the scenes depicted. I have included works in nearly every artistic medium, including icons, frescos, mosaics, oil paintings, watercolors, etchings and engravings. All examples which have been modified for correction of perspective and other flaws with the objective of presenting a finished work more like its original shape are so identified in the credit lines. Examples from many libraries and other sources can only be used for non-commerical purposes. I have removed the links to all video and podcast versions of the earlier series.
The text and slides for Episode Two through Episode Sixteen, the latter including material from the opening chapters of the Gospel of St. Luke, have been completed. Each needs to be converted into video form, which is a multi-step and time-consuming process, but I hope to release one episode per week throughout 2019 A.D. until all 45 episodes in the series are complete. Things that can upset the schedule include the temptation to go back into finished work to add historic art more recently discovered.
As always, thank you for your interest and support. Glory be to God for all things! Amen!
All seven episodes in my revised and, hopefully, improved Podcast Homilies for Lent are now online. Previously, there was no Podcast Homily just for Ash Wednesday. In this version Ash Wednesday, St. Gregory the Great’s gift to the world in 601 A.D., has its own Podcast Homily. This leaves the Podcast Homilies for Easter, Ascension, Pentecost/Whitsunday, and Trinity remaining to be recorded later in the Spring. You can listen to any episode using the links on the Podcast Homilies page.
In my remarks for Palm Sunday I offer a combined reading based upon all the Gospel accounts of Palm Sunday. Among the images I used in the companion Seasonal Video video series for Lent, Episode Three, I used the image below.
Meanwhile, I continue making excellent progress on the revised versions of our Bible Study Video series, The New Testament: Gospels. Scripts are written and slides prepared for the first eleven episodes, taking the series through the Gospels of St. Matthew and St. Mark. I recorded and edited Episode One earlier this week and hope to have it available online next week. Episode One is focused on the New Testament’s history and a lot of background information about how it was developed, when and by whom. I hope viewers will be pleased with the illustrations I chose for the episode, including an illuminated cover from the Book of Kells, circa 800 A.D., and a text page with the words from John 1:1 painted in the last Qtr of the 9th C-1st Qtr of the 10th C. and used in English Coronations for generations afteward.
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The revised and expanded Podcast Homiles series now includes three Homilies for Septuagesima, Sexagesima and Quinquagesima Sundays. In the style of the revised material being produced for the 2018-2019 Church Year, the homilies include cross-reference to Other AIC Resouces linked from this Web Site.
Podcast Homilies for Ash Wednesday, the Sundays in Lent, Easter, the Sundays after Easter; Ascension; Sunday after Ascension; Whitsunday; Trinity Sunday, the Sundays after Trinity will be recorded and uploaded in the coming weeks, hopefully before Easter Day.
Meanwhile, I continue to work on the revised versions of all 45 episodes in our Bible Study Video series, New Testament: Gospels. Slides and Script for Episode One through Episode Seven, focused on the Gospel of St. Matthew, are complete, but the voice track has yet to be recorded. There are about twice as many slides in the new version and all episodes include many of the examples of historic art which have been used in our video series, plus a great many more which were made into the correct format late last year. There will be illustration which viewers most likely have never seen, especially in a higher resolution format.
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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.
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).
The 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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.