Trinitytide: The Teaching Season – Episode Six

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Detail, the Parable of the Good Samaritan, an illumination in colored inks and gilt on parchment,the Rossano Gospels, Cathedral of Rossano, Rossano, Italy, 6th C.  Public Domain.

I just finished uploading Episode Six in our Seasonal Video series Trinitytide: The Teaching Season.  The focus this time is on the Collect, Epistle and Gospel readings for Twelfth, Thirteenth, Fourteenth and Fifteenth Sundays after Trinity.  There are sixteen illustrations, ranging from a 6th C. illumination from Byzantine-controlled Italy to an early 20th C. oil on canvas of Mammon depicted as a sitting deity.   The four Gospel pericopes include the Healing of the Deaf Man, the Parable of the Good Samaritan, the Healing of the Ten Lepers, and God vs. Mammon (or Two Masters).  Of course, there are four new readings from the pen of St. Paul, of whom I have included four images which I have not used previously: two 19th C. stained glass windows in England (one in East Anglia, the other in Kensington/London); and two oil on canvas works in the European tradition.

Watch the video.               Listen to the Podcast.

My favorite this week, shown above left, is a detail of the Parable of the Good Samaritan which I extracted from the Rossano Gospels,  a colored ink and gilt illumination on purple-dyed parchment, one of oldest to survive to the present day.  It was made in Italy in the 6th C., after the army of the Byzantine Empire at Constantinople conquered much of Italy.  Of course, its style is clearly Byzantine.  The Byzantine artist inserted an angel as a suggestion of the presence of Christ in the heart of the Good Samaritan.  The dying of parchment in purple was a very popular thing in the first Millennium and into the early part of the second.

In my research for these episodes I’ve discovered some new archives I had not known about and who resources I will be mining in future months, especially for images of St. Paul and the four Gospel authors, plus individual page illuminations from Gospels, Lectionaries and other works intended for personal devotions.  I think the lives of Christians would be immensely enriched if these were currently available for home devotions.  Perhaps the AIC will produce one in 2019 A.D.  I was thinking along the lines of introducing color introductions into Hear Us, O Lord: Daily Prayers for the Laity.  Unfortunately, the price would have to double if not triple (more color, more pages equals higher printing costs).

The slides and script for Episode Seven, covering the Sixteenth through Nineteenth Sundays after Trinity, are nearly complete.  I hope viewers will be as amazed as I am at the illustrations for Episode Seven and pleased with the longer treatment of several of the Gospel lessons.  The episode probably will not be finished until the following week owing to some personal obligations next week and the 4th of July holiday.

As always, thank you for your interest and support.  Adding yourself to the list of followers either on the AIC web site, especially the Fr. Ron’s blog page; our Podbean channel and our YouTube channel, is very helpful in assisting me in reaching more people with the traditional Christian message and interpretation.

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

Mea culpa, mea culpa

AGreat Supper-Jan Lukyen-Bowyer Biblepologies to readers/viewers for the incorrect attribution of a scene in Episode Two of Trinitytide: The Teaching Season.  The credit line for Jan Luyken’s etching of the Invitation to the Great Supper should have read:

Invitation to the Great Supper  Late 17th-early 18th C. etching by Dutch artist Jan Luyken, The Bowyer Bible, Bolton Library, Bolton, England, published, London, 1840 A.D. Public Domain photography by Harry Kossuth and text by Phillip Medhurst, Early Life of Christ in the Bowyer Bible, 2018 A.D. electronic edition.

There are several other examples from The Bowyer Bible which will be used in remaining episodes in the series.  These will bear the correct credit line.   Again, thanks for your interest and support.

 

Trinitytide – Episode Two

Somehow, with all the other issues which needed attention this week, I completed and uploaded Episode Two in the AIC Seasonal Video series, Trinitytide: The Teaching Season.  This episode is focused on the Collects and readings for Trinity Sunday, First Sunday after Trinity and Second Sunday after Trinity, plus seasonal music.

As a teaching season it should be no surprise that major doctrinal issues are covered through both the Collects and the Epistle-Gospel combinations.  The season starts with a rare liturgical reading from Revelation (Revelation 4:1-11), with the heavenly voice like a trumpet inviting St. John to “come up here” for a view of events to come from a heavenly perspective and the iconic pericope from the Gospel of St. John (John 3:1-15) recounting the nighttime visit of Nicodemus.

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Codex Aureus of Echternach, Folio 78, 1035-1040 A.D., Benedictine Abbey, Reichenau Island, Lake Constance, Germany; National Library of Germany, Nuremberg, Germany.  Public domain.

Week Two moves along to St. John’s essay on Love (Greek: agape) (1 John 4:7-21), which is paired with St. Luke’s account of the Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus.  For the latter I chose a strikingly Byzantine-style representation painted in three panels at the Benedictine Monastery on Reichenau Island in southern Germany during the mid-11th C.   The dinner is shown in the top row; the fate of Lazarus (in the “Bosom of Abraham”) in the second; and the Rich Man in, fittingly, the lower tier.

 

In week three, the final set of readings are another of St. John’s essays on love, plus the need for putting it into action, and St. Luke’s version of the Parable of the Great Supper, delivered much earlier that the Wedding Supper account in St. Matthew’s Gospel.

I’ve also included mention of the first three of 11 hymns to the Holy Trinity in The St. Chrysostom Hymnal which are not in the venerable 1940 Hymnal.  The remaining hymns will be mentioned in remaining episodes in the series.

The series continues in Episode Three with discussion of the next three Sundays after Trinity.

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!

Trinitytide: the Teaching Season – Episode One

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Descent of the Holy Spirit, Russian Orthodox tempera and gilt on panel icon, 18th C., National Arts Museum of the Republic of Belarus, Minsk, Belarus.  Public Domain.

At last!  Glitches overcome (or fixed), on Wednesday morning I completed and uploaded Part 1 and Part 2 of Episode One in the newest AIC Season Video series, Trinitytide: the Teaching Season.  As noted in a previous blog posting, the episode ran too long and was split into two parts.  There is only a transition slide between the end of Part 1 and the start of Part 2 so viewers will need to watch Part 2 to hear the discussion of seasonal music for Whitsunday and Whitsun Week.

For thematic focus (after all, this is a teaching video series) I included a discussion of Whitsunday and a short history of Trinity season and its relationship to Pentecost in the new Trinitytide series.   Viewers will find an outstanding collection of illustrations in Episode One, with 15 of them on the first Pentecost.  Many are rarely seen in the Western Church, except among religious scholars and art historians.  The oldest Pentecost illustration was made in 586 A.D.  The most recent example was prepared near the end of the 19th or early in the 20th C.   Viewers will also learn about the 14th person in the Byzantine icons of Pentecost (12 Apostles, the Blessed Virgin, and — watch and find out).

Watch Episode One-Part 1.     Listen to the Podcast of Episode One-Part 1

Watch Episode One-Part 2.     Listen to the Podcast of Episode One-Part 2

Episode Two in the series will be focused on Trinity Sunday, First Sunday after Trinity and Second Sunday after Trinity, plus more seasonal music from The St. Chrysostom Hymnal.  I expect to have the episode ready next week or the following week.

As always, thanks for your interest in and support for this Internet-based ministry which seeks to teach traditional Christian doctrine and practice to the faithful wherever they live — and make it available 24/7.

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

Glory be to God for all things!  Amen!

Glitches & Other Issues

Last week I avowed to finish production of Episode One in Trinitytide; The Teaching Season.  Alas, glitches, several of them, caused me to delay production by one week.  In addition to typographical errors, difficulties with sentence structure, there is the fact that the final recording ran over 40 minutes.

The problem will be resolved by splitting the episode into two parts, with a transition slide at the end of Part One and a new opening slide for Part Two.   Part One will contain all the introductory material on Trinity Season as well as the B.C.P. readings for Whitsunday.  Part Two will not have a separate introduction but will continue where the first episode left off (with a new opening slide only) and include discussion of Monday and Tuesday in Whitsun Week plus seasonal music for Whitsuntide and Trinity season from The St. Chrysostom Hymnal.

All the changes have been made to both script and slides and I anticipate being able to record both Part One and Part Two on Monday.  Unless there are other glitches, I expect to complete and upload the finished programs before the end of next week, well ahead of Whitsunday.

Thanks for your patience, continued interest, and on-going support.

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

Next Week: Trinitytide Series Begins

Next week I expect to post Episode One in the newest AIC Seasonal Video series, Trinitytide: The Teaching Season.  I have completed the script and slides.  There will be 20 illustrations, 15 of them of the first Pentecost.  The oldest dates to 586 A.D.; then a selection from the 9th C. and another from the early 11th C.  The “new” one is a fresco in Israel from the late 19th C.-early 20th C.    There is also a selection of seasonal music for Whitsuntid from The St. Chrysostom Hymnal.

For the sake of clarity of focus, I’ve included Whitsunday, or Pentecost to nearly everyone but Anglicans, in the opening episode.  The decision was based upon a desire to accommodate viewers from other denominations and make it clearer to them, and to Anglicans, how to adjust the labelling to the post-Vatican II system of celebrating Pentecost and virtually abandoning the centuries-old celebration of Trinity Sunday and the following season.  Western Christians have been celebrating Trinity since about the time of the Holy Roman Emperor Charlesmagne in Western Europe.

The pictures are, in my opinion, stunning and inspiring, both in the choice of detail in content and in the artistic and spiritual aspects of the style.  With the little research on my part I was able to have a better understanding of the intent of the Byzantine Church in its choice of both how and what to include.  Join me next week for a fuller explanation and links to the episode.

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