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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Episode Seven – The War on Christianity

WOC-Slide96aWith Episode Seven in The War on Christianity I conclude my discussion of the Te Deum Laudamus in its function as a First Line of Defense for any Christian in the world’s on-going battle with Christianity.  The focus of the discussion is Part Two (“Thou art the King of Glory: though “numbered with thy saints in glory everlasting”) and Part Three (“O Lord save thy people” through “let me never be confounded”).  I close the episode with an exploration of the Scriptural origin and usage of “confounded,” especially in the sense of its meaning as not letting oneself get led away from Christian Truth.

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Readers of the blog should be pleased to learn that I’ve completed all but the recording of Episode Three, the final episode, in Lent A.D. 2018, which is focused on Passion Sunday, Palm Sunday and Holy Week (including Easter Eve).  I hope to get the recording finished next week and, barring any technical glitches, get it uploaded by the end of the week or the first of the following week.

In the Cross-Slide1In other news, I’ve decided to produce a video version of In the Cross of Christ I Glory, the three-hour Good Friday meditations I developed and used in my former parish.  The videos will be produced in however many parts are required to keep each episode to under 35 minutes.  There will be Intermission slides between each of the segments so that viewers can pause the video until the appropriate hour.  There will be no separate podcast versions, since Podcasts of an earlier version are already available from the Podcast Homilies page:

  • Opening Sentences, Prayers and Responses (12:00 Noon)
  • Introduction (12:10 P.M.)
  • First Word (12:30 P.M.)
  • Second Word (12:50 P.M.)
  • Third Word (1:10 P.M.)
  • Fourth Word (1:35 P.M.)
  • Fifth Word (1:55 P.M.)
  • Sixth Word (2:15 P.M.)
  • Seventh Word (2:35 P.M.)
  • Closing Prayers (2:50 P.M.)

The videos will include many illustrations of the events of Good Friday and images associated with the source of the prayers, including stained glass windows, icons, frescoes, mosaics, and engravings from the 6th through the late 19th C.   In this way I can share with viewers much of the catalogue of public domain and royalty-free images I have assembled since launching the AIC effort in 2010 A.D.

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Epiphany: the Manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles – Episode Three

Epiphany-2018-Slide43Episode Three, the final episode, in the AIC Seasonal Video series, Epiphany: the Manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles, is now available in both video and podcast versions.   Episode Three is exclusively focused on the Second Sunday after Trinity through the Sixth Sunday after Trinity, including the complicated rules for their celebration in years with both 26 and 27 Sundays after Trinity.   For each Sunday there is a discussion of the theme of the day, the Epistle and Gospel readings, and appropriate music for the day or season.  Includes music added for the St. Chrysostom Hymnal, complete in one volume, released earlier this year.

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I have started work on the “Gesima” season version which follows the same format.  I hope to have Episode One completed before Septuagesima Sunday on February 28th.

As always, thank you for your support of and interest in the Internet-based ministry of the Anglican Internet Church.  May the Lord bless you in all that you do in His Name.  Glory be to God for all things! Amen!

Gabriel, Michael & Raphael

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Earlier this week I uploaded a new video in The Lives of the Saints – Second Series.  Episode Twenty-three pays tribute to the three Archangels: Gabriel, Michael and Raphael using some of the most strikingly beautiful art work I could find from both the Western and Eastern Church traditions.   The episode is among the longest in the series, running around 26 minutes.

One of the images of St. Gabriel (left) is a fresco from the early 14th C. found at the Georgian Orthodox Cathedral Church of the Transfiguration of the Saviour, Tsalenjikha, Republic of Georgia.  The artist was Cyrus Emanuel Eugenicus, who was brought to Georgia from the imperial capital of Constantinople by the country’s royal family.  The style is described as late Byzantine, representing the beginning of the introduction of Western Church artistic styles into the Byzantine manner.     WATCH THE VIDEO         LISTEN TO THE PODCAST

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Apse Mosaic, 1191 A.D., Church of St. George, Kurbinovo, Macedonia. Image Copyright Can Stock Photo/Nehru

But the best, to my untrained but appreciate eye, is an apse mosaic of St. Gabriel, the most famous of the three Archangels, by an unknown group of artists working in the Ohrid bishopric, one noted for the exceptional quality of its frescoes and icons, in what is now the Republic of Macedonia.  The location is the little stone Church of St. George, Kurbinovo, Macedonia.  I suspect that these traditional Christians could use some outside help in the restoration of the building, which was completed around 1191 A.D.    The celestial blues and whites are, pardon the pun, stellar.  In the original, St. Gabriel is at the left side of the image.  He leans toward the central figure, a seated Blessed Virgin Mary holding the infant Jesus Christ.

I find this picture so intriguing because it shows us the high spirituality found in the Eastern Church tradition of that era, and to a lesser extent today, to fill virtually every inch of a Church building wit with art which is not only beautiful but emotionally and spiritually uplifting.  This stands in very sharp contrast to today’s Church buildings which, to my eye, look more like auto showrooms without the auto.  The building in which this astonishing work is found is a small stone chapel, not a great cathedral as you might imagine.  It is this kind of confident spirituality, representing unwavering faith in the face of adversity as well as prosperity, that the Western Church so badly needs today.

I can also report that The Writing Prophets of the Old Testament, published earlier this year, is now available in Kindle format at $9.99 from my Amazon Author Central page.  Those who purchase the print edition can purchase the electronic version for $2.99.  For pricing and ordering Kindle Editions and Paperbacks visit Fr. Ron’s Amazon Author page,

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The War On Christianity

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The 12-15 minute introduction to our newest Christian Education Video series, The War on Christianity, has been uploaded to our You Tube site.  The MP3 Podcast version is linked from the newly-created Podcast Archive page here on our web site.

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The Introduction includes an explanation of the premise of the series and its organization,   It includes an opening discussion of five examples of physical assaults on Christianity, or what I call the First Front, in the United States, Egypt, France and Germany in A.D. 2016 and 2017.   The title art is The Beast With Seven Heads and Ten Horns, from The Bamberg Apocalypse, an 11th C. illuminated manuscript of Revelation at the Bamberg State Library, Bamberg, Germany.  It illustrates Revelation 13:1 as it was used in the AIC Bookstore publication, Revelation: An Idealist Interpretation.

The balance of the series will be focused on what I have called the Second Front, the insidious, public and private war on Christianity that is being waged each and every day, 24 hours a day, somewhere in the world.  The Second Front is being fought in classrooms, courtrooms, legislative bodies, social media posts, blogs, newspapers, magazines, television, radio and, regrettably, within the Church itself.

I had initially thought to offer only Episode One in video format, but upon reconsideration, having written the script for the next two episodes, I’ve decided the offer the entire series in both formats.  The reason is that illustrating my points will be easier with the hundreds and hundreds of illustrations the AIC has acquired or gained permission to use in the various other Christian Education, Seasonal and Bible Study videos.

Episode Two will begin with a discussion of how Christianity was reduced to marginal status in parts of the world where it once was dominant, including the Middle East, Asia Minor and North Africa.   The obvious message is that the new War on Christianity is simply repeating what has already happened.   If it is not resisted, the new WOC will have the same result.

canstockphoto25596841-CyprianNext week (week of 8/28)  I will release Episode Twenty-one in The Lives of the Saints – Second Series.  Episode Twenty-one celebrates the life of St. Cyprian of Carthage, whose Feast Day is September 12.  The illustration is a detail  which I lifted from a 6th C. Byzantine mosaic frieze at the Basilica of St. Apollinare, Ravenna, Italy (image copyright RibieroAntonio/Can Stock Photo, Inc.).  In the frieze the martyred saints stand in line to give their crowns to Jesus Christ, who is seated as Christ Pantokrator flanked by angels.  In the original, St. Cyprian stands between St. Cornelius, Bishop of Rome when Cyprian was Bishop of Carthage, and St. John Cassian, one of the earliest Western Church chroniclers of the early Church.

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Revised Episode 7, The Nicene Creed

 

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St. Gregory of Nyssa, 11th C. fresco, St. Sophia Cathedral, Kiev

Episode Seven in The Nicene Creed series has been revised, in both the video and podcast versions to correct the omission of a sentence regarding the Council of Constantinople (381 A.D.).   The new material is about 5 minutes shorter than the previous version, a change largely accomplished by omitting duplicate material and by speaking a little faster!  The old versions have been removed from the archive at our web site, at our Podbean site, and at YouTube.

 

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The Nicene Creed – Episode Two

I’ve struggled for two weeks trying to finish Episode Two in The Nicene Creed.  The original version ran 34 minutes and the recording I made of the sound file had audible sound only for the first 3 minutes.  Thus having been forced to try again, I made significant changes, reducing the length to just over 14 minutes.   The finished version is focused only on the first part of the first paragraph, including “I believe” and running through “Maker of Heaven and Earth.”  In Episode Three I will finish the first paragraph with a discussion of the last phrase in the first paragraph:  “And of all things, visible and invisible.”

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The Lord’s Prayer: Phrase-by-phrase – Episode Tw0

LP-Title1-smallEpisode Two (of two) in The Lord’s Prayer: Phrase-by-phrase is now available in both video and podcast forms.   The focus in Episode Two is on the fourth, fifth and sixth petitions; the Doxology (in St. Matthew’s version); and a general summary of the series.  The discussion of the Doxology includes a presentation on the two most likely ways the Doxology found its way into St. Matthew’s Gospel.  The illustrations include art from the 9th through the early 21st Centuries.  The episode runs just over 21 minutes.       Watch the video      Listen to the Podcast Continue reading “The Lord’s Prayer: Phrase-by-phrase – Episode Tw0”

The Nicene Creed – Our Symbol of Faith

NiceneCreed-Open-72dpiThis week I came down with a head cold on Sunday night, followed by sinus problems, serious rounds of sneezing, and the inevitable sore throat the following morning.  No videos could be recorded this week with me sounding like a very sick frog.  Unable to do much else, I worked on posting all the changes to the AIC Virtual Bookstore version of Revelation: An Idealist Interpretation.  It will have over 200 pages, 52 illustrations, and will be available in both paperback and Kindle versions some time in March. Continue reading “The Nicene Creed – Our Symbol of Faith”