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.

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May the Lord bless you in all that you do in His holy Name!  Amen!  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:  front.stjohnanglican@earthlink.net.

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!