THE GOSPEL OF MARK NOW COMPLETE

All five episodes in the Fourth Edition of the AIC Bible Study Video series, New Testament: Gospels, focused on the Gospel of Mark are now complete and available for viewing and downloading. These episodes are linked on the New Testament page (a sub-page of Bible Study). For this edition the series has a new musical introduction and closing theme, many new illustrations and a wide range of design changes and cross-references to Other AIC Resources, especially our newest book, The Gospel of Mark: Annotated & Illustrated, due for publication later this year.

Cover illustration from Pericope Book of Henry II, Clm 4452, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Munich, Germany. Henry II was the last of the Ottonian successors to Charlemagne as Holy Roman Emperor in western Eruope. CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

The Gospel of Matthew

All five revised episodes of The New Testament: Gospels which are focused on the Gospel of St. Matthew and the first of five focused on the Gospel of St. Mark are now linked through the Bible Study tabs at the top and bottom of any page. These revised editions feature many new or revised slides, a new musical theme, All Glory, Laud & Honor, performed in England on his church organ by Richard M. S. Irwin, plus many new illustrations. Each episode is now also cross-referenced to Other AIC Resources with similar or related material, including The Gospel of Matthew: Annotated & Illustrated and The Gospel of Mark: Annotated & Illustrated, which is currently in the proof-reading stage. Publication is anticipated in the 2nd Qtr or 3rd Qtr of A.D. 2021. The Podcast versions of these six episodes should be available during the week of Feb. 8th.

The revisions to the Seasonal Videos for Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, “Gesima”/Pre-Lent, Good Friday, Easter and Trinitytide are now linked from the Digital Library page. Improvements will be made to all three Christian Education Video series: The Lord’s Prayer; The Nicene Creed: and The War on Christianity later this year.

The sub-level mastheard on the Welcome page has now been adjusted to make it consistent with the WATCH-LISTEN-READ initiative announced earlier. Other improvement intended to make the site more user-friendly are being considered. Suggestions for improvements would be welcomed. Please send them to me at frron.aic@earthlink.net.

As always, thank you for your interest and support. Glory be to God for all things! Amen!

A Major upgrade completed

Continuing the AIC’s celebration of the start of our second decade on the Internet, today I completed the upgrade of all the AIC Seasonal Videos by uploading revised episodes for Good Friday (In the Cross of Christ I Glory, presented in 2 parts); Eastertide: From Resurrection to Ascension (presented in three episodes): and Trinitytide: The Teaching Season (with Whitsunday and Whitsun Week and presented in nine episodes, with Episode One in two parts).

These fifteen revised videos feature many new examples of historic Church art, suggestions for appropriate season music from the St. Chrysostom Hymnal; and cross-references to Other AIC Resources, including videos, podcasts and print publications. In addition, stylistic changes have been made to give all our video series consistency in design and form. These changes are intended to enhance the value of the AIC’s many resources by making them more accessible, whether site visitors prefer to watch, to listen or to read traditional Christian teaching. Attached is another graphic emphasizing the choices we offer across all the different media format. It was used as the final slide in the Good Friday video

Another objective of this extensive rebuild is to make it easier for traditional Christians to find the resources they need in the world of COVID and associated restrictions. This program of improvements will continue in the early months of A.D. 2021 with the Fourth Edition in the AIC Bible Study Video series, New Testament: Gospels. Episode One in the new format was uploaded late in A.D. 2020. Episode Two, the first of five episodes focused on the unique themes and content in the Gospel of Matthew, is currently in production with a goal of completion by mid-February. Later this year, The Gospel of Matthew: Annotated & Illustrated will be available in paperback and Kindle versions with 117 illustrations on coated paper.

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

The Watch-Listen-Read Initiative

With the ongoing updating of all AIC Video series, the AIC is taking a new approach to explaining to existing and potential viewers and listeners what it is that makes the AIC different. I’m calling it the WATCH-LISTEN-READ initiative. Formerly, we tried to show the differences berween the several ways information could be accessed. I hope this new approach proves to be a less wordy way to showing rathern than telling what makes the AIC’s approach unique. Step One is the attached graphic, which is the closing slide in the newest version of Trinitytide: The Teaching Season. Every series will end with some variation of this theme. In the spoken material a WATCH-LISTEN-READ comment will always come before the citation of OTHER AIC RESOURCES. As always, thank you for your interest and support.

Some very good news

I have several items with very good news to report this week.

First, the next book in our Gospels series, The Gospel of Luke: Annotated & Illustrated has been sent to our printer for production of proof copies. I hope we can have the book in print this Spring. The book will be 272 pages with 111 illustrations and 14 special text boxes.

Second, the manuscript for the next volume, The Gospel of Mark: Annotated & Illustrated, has been sent to my proofreader. Mark’s is the shortest of the four Gospels and I am hopeful we can have a book in print before mid-year, maybe even before Easter. The book will be 186 pages.

Third, revised and updated versions of the AIC Seasonal Video series for Advent (2 episodes), Epiphany (3 episodes), “Gesima” (2 episodes) and the first of 3 episodes for Lent are now available through links on this site. All are linked from the Digital Library page and the current season episodes are also linked from the Welcome page.

Fourth, all slides and script for the AIC Bible Study Video series, New Testament: Gospels, are now complete. Episode 1 is now online. Soundtracks for the remainign 44 episodes will be recorded during the Winter months. The series has a new logo. Many modifications, mostly technical changes, have been made to the series, including cross-reference to the appropriate volume in the Gospels series mentioned above.

Fifth, minor changes are in store for the Great “O” Antiphons, Lessons and Carols for Christmas Eve, The Twelve Days of Christmas, and In the Cross of Christ I Glory. The changes are designed to make the style of the videos more consistent across the different categories.

Finally, with the production of the Gospel series nearing completion, I am introducing a new graphic for the closing slide of all series (except Advent, which was already complete). The slide will now include a graphic emphasizing the AIC’s commitment to providing teaching and study materials in whatever format the reader finds most appealing, using three key words: WATCH, LISTEN, READ. If you prefer the visual method you can WATCH our Bible Study (Gospels and Revelation), Seasonal (mentioned above) and Christian Education (Nicene Creed; Lord’s Prayer; The War on Christianity; The Lives of the Saints (two series) series. If you would rather hear the material, you can LISTEN to the MP3 podcast version of all series; finally, if you prefer you material in book form, you can READ from the many volumes in the AIC Bookstore Publications series, now including almost a dozen and a half books.

As always, thank you for your interest and support. Please share a link with this site or its separate pages with friends and family.

Glory be to God for all things! Amen!

A year’s end Progress report

During the seasons of Advent and Christmas I’ve been working to update and, in some cases, upgrade the AIC catalogue of Seasonal and Christian Education videos. The seasonal videos for Epiphany through Trinitytide are being upgraded and will be released as they are completed, hopefully before the start of each season. Here is a short summary of the state of the work so far:

Seasonal Videos: Episodes for Advent and Christmas have been updated and are now linked to our new host site at Vimeo.com. A few changes to these episodes will be made early in A.D. 2021.

Christian Education Videos: During the week of Christmas I took advantage of access to my host’s high-speed Internet service and uploaded all Christian Education videos, including the sixteen episodes of The Lives of the Saints (First Series); the thirty-one episodes in The Lives of the Saints (Second Series); both episodes of The Lord’s Prayer: Phrase-by-phrase; all eight episodes in The Nicene Creed; and the seven completed episodes in The War on Christianity. All these videos are now linked from the Digital Library page on this site.

Bible Study Videos: I have completed the editing of Episode One through Episode Twenty-five (the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke). I am about 1/3 of the way through on Episode Twenty-six to Forty-five (the Gospel of John). All episodes in the series are getting a new masthead/logo, minor adjustments to page layout; plus changes to the Other AIC Resources sections. The changes will standardize the style and add new page(s) with cross-references to where and how the same text appears in the new AIC Bookstore Publications, one each on the four Gospels. The Gospel of John: Annotated & Illustrated is now available for purchase (use the Virtual Bookstore link at the bottom of the Home Page). The Gospel of Luke: Annotated & Illustrated could be ready before the end of January. I expect to complete the changes to the Bible Study series on cold winter days in the 1st Qtr of A.D. 2021.

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

New site at vimeo.com

I have successfully (I hope) moved all the videos for Advent and Christmas seasons to our new site with Vimeo.com. By the end of Wednesday, Dec. 16th, you will be able to use new links to all seven episodes in the Great “O” Antiphons; Lessons & Carols for Christmas Eve; and The Twelve Days of Christmas on the Home page. They will also be linked from the Digital Library page later in the week.

I am still learning the details of Vimeo’s site. I plan to create separate folders for each of the series that the AIC offers in the subject areas of New Testament; each separate Seasonal Video series; and the Christian Education Videos, with separate folders for each of the seasons. This means there will be some disruption of service until the transition is completed.

With these changes, traditional Christians, although limited in their choice of live services, will be able to watch and listen to programs during Advent and Christmas.

Thank you for your patience during the long transition.

New testament: Gospels. a progress report

Here’s a progress report on the upgrading of the New Testament: Gospels series. There are 45 episodes consisting of almost 1600 slides that must be rebuilt one-at-a-time. It’s very slow work, with six slides per page, each of which is separately trimmed to size. The primary objective is to integrate the videos series and the new The Gospel of ... series of AIC Bookstore Publications, so that visitors interested in either will be exposed to the same material in another setting or media. Every episode is getting a facelift, with some new illustrations and some changes in text and picture layouts. In the Fourth Edition, the Other AIC Resources section of each episode is being standardized across the series.

As of 12/11/20 I have remade all the slides in Episode One (the Introduction to the series); Episodes Two through Six (focused on the Gospel of Matthew); Episodes Seven through Eleven (focused on the Gospel of Mark); and Episodes Twelve through Sixteen (up to start of Jesus’ ministry in Galilee in the Gospel of Luke).

I am very pleased to let you know that the Universitats- und Landesbibliothek Darmstadt, custodians of the Hitda Codex (circa 1020 A.D.), have generously granted written permission to use the high-resolution images of Christ in Majesty; Healing the Man with a Withered Hand; Healing Peter’s Mother-in-Law; and Healing the Demon-possessed Man (or Gadarene Man) that we purchased for Gospel book series. All are used in Episode Eight (Gospel of Mark).

I have not yet overcome several issues involved in moving our videos from the current vendor to Vimeo.com. I hope these issues can be resolved in the next few days.

The next step in the process is recording the soundtrack for these 16 episodes. My plan is to start on that task tomorrow.

New Testament: Gospels – fourth edition

Looking at the propect of updating a series with 45 episode and over 1500 slides was daunting. As always, getting started is the hardest part. Here in the second week of Advent Season in Church year 2020-2021 A.D., I’ve made surprisingly good progress in the conversion of the New Testament: Gospels Bible Study Video series into its Fourth Edition. The series has a modified logo which will be used in the Other AIC Resources section of each episode where appropriate. Over the next few weeks, I will be moving all the video series to the Vimeo.com platform. I am still encountering unexpected difficulties in processing and moving the episodes. The resolution of the first effort was not satisfactory and the episode will be deleted and reposted. Please accept my apology for any inconvenience regarding unavailable episodes.

The Fourth Edition, in addition to the revised graphic, includes many revisions to the appearance of slides. To date, I have remade over 200 slides for Episode One through Episode Six. The new version of Episode One, which is the series introduction, is now available on our Vimeo channel. Episodes Two through Episode Six, all focused on the Gospel of Matthew, include new slides which integrate material from the four newest AiC Bookstore Publications focused on the Gospels. The Gospel of John: Annotated & Illustrated is already available for purchase in paperback and Kindle editions through my Amazon Author Central page, which is linked from the bottom of the Home Page. The Kindle edition is an electronic facsimile of the print version. The Luke edition is currently in the final stages of proofing and will be available later this year or very early in 2021 A.D. The next two books, the Mark edition and the Matthew edition, are ready for proofreading.

Episode 1 in the Fourth Edition

Illustration: Opening page, Gospel of John, late 9th-early 10th C., Athelstan Gospels. Cotton Ms. Tiberius A II, Folio 163r, British Library, London, England.

Episode One in the Fourth Edition of the AIC Bible Study Video series, New Testament: Gospels, is now available on our new Vimeo channel. The production of the Fourth Edition is part of our continuing celebration of the start of the AIC’s second decade on the Internet. All forty-five episodes will be reissued in revised form during the Church Year 2020-2021 A.D. The image is linked here and from the New Testament page.

The newest episode features revised and expanded content and a new musical theme, All Glory, Laud and Honor, attributed to St. Theodulph (8th C.). The music is played on the church organ by Richard M. S. Irwin and is used with permission. Richard’s wonderful, inspired playing can be heard at https://play.hymnswithoutwords.com. He has made his music accessible to local congregations. I thank Richard for his generosity in permitting its use for this series.

Each new episode will feature material from the new illustrated Gospel books which we are adding to the catalogue of AIC Bookstore Publications. The release of The Gospel of Matthew: Illustrated & Annotated is planned for the first half of A.D. 2021, pending proofreading of the completed text. The book will have 262 pages and 114 illustrations, including 14 images of Matthew, the oldest made in the early 8th C. at Lindisfarne, England.