Podcast Homily for Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

My Podcast Homily for Fourth Sunday after Epiphany has been posted and is now available using links on the Podcast Homilies-Morning Prayer page and the Welcome page. The focus of the homily is on Psalm 66, Jubilate Deo, a Psalm attributed to King David. The illustration is from the Bohun Psalter and Hours, prepared in southeast England, most likely London, in the 3rd Quarter, 14th C. for Humphrey Bohun, Earl of Hereford (Ms. Egerton 3277, Folio 44v, British Library, London, England), showing the last half of Psalm 66 at the top and the start of Psalm 67 with an illuminated capital letter at left center and the start of Psalm 78 at bottom left.

In our new book, The Prayer Book Psalter: Picture Book Edition, the Psalm is also illustrated with three illuminations from the Stuttgart Psalter, made in the Scriptorium, Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Pres, Parish, circa 820, probably under the patronage of the new Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne (Latin: Carolus Magnus). Charlemagne was crowned at Rome on Christmas Day, 800 A.D. with his teacher and religious mentor Alcuin of York at his side. Charlemagne, King of the Franks since 1768, had first met Alcuin in Parma, Italy, around 781. He appointed Alcuin as Abbot of the monastery of St. Martin, Tours, France, in 1796 and placed him in charge of the religious education of the members of the king’s court at Aachen.

As always, thank you for your interest in and support of the online ministry of The Anglican Internet Church. Glory be to God for all things! Amen!

Podcast Homily-Psalter Series-Third Sunday after Epiphany

The Podcast Homily in our new series of homilies for Epiphany based on the appointed Psalm reading is now available using links on the Welcome/Home and the Podcast Homilies-Morning Prayer pages. This week’s Psalm reading is Psalm 42 (Quemadmodum) and Psalm 43 (Judica me, Deus), which are the opening Psalms of Book Two in the Prayer Book Psalter. These two Psalms are beautifully illustrated in our upcoming book, The Prayer Book Psalter: Picture Book Edition, which sent for a final proof this week, with proof arrival anticipated for Monday, 1/23. If no glitches are found, we could have the book in print and available from my Amazon Author Central page before Fourth Sunday in Epiphany, the final Sunday in the season in A.D. 2023.

In the book, readers will find three beautiful and inspiring illustrations of Psalm 42, including a representation of the “my soul” (Vulgate Latin: anima mea. Psalm 42: 1, 2, 8). Also found in the book is an image of Psalm 43 from Les Tres Riches Heures du duc de Berry (or The Very Rich Houres of the Duke de Berry) prepared by the Limbourg brothers for John, Duke of Berry, between 1412 and 1416), which is folio 61v, Musee Conde, Chantilly, France, via Wikipedia Commons.

In additional news, our seasonal book, Easter: The Resurrection of Our Lord in Scripture, Art & Christian Tradition is almost complete with 168 pages and about 120 illustrations. It should be in print well before Easter Day.

As always, thank you for your interest in and support for this online ministry.

Glory be to God for all things! Amen!

Podcast Homilies – Psalter Series – Epiphany season

My Podcast Homilies in the Psalter Series are now uploaded through First Sunday after Epiphany. Since there was no First or Second Sunday after Christmas in A.D. 2022, for the Blog posting I have skipped forward to Epiphany (Day) and First Sunday after Epiphany. The Podcast Homilies for the two missing Sundays have been uploaded to the Podcast Homilies-Morning Prayer-Psalter Series page.

Stuttgart Psalter
Cod.Bibl.Fol.23, Folio 59r
Wurttembergische Landesbibliothek, Stuttgart, Germany.

In order not reduce the value and impact of the Prayer Book Psalter – Picture Book Edition, which should be available during January pending receipt of a replacement image from the British Library, I’m only showing one illustration from the Stuttgart Psalter. On page 132 of the book I include an explanation of which verses are being illustrated. The book will have this image plus 163 other illustrations from the Stuttgart Psalter and another 49 images from other historic Psalters through the 16th C.

Meanwhile, work continues on Easter: The Resurrection of Our Lord in Scripture, Art & Christian Tradition. As of today, there are 166 pages with 113 illustrations from 586 A.D. to the 21st C. I am waiting on an image from the collection at the British Library and permission from an American company for the use of an image from its website.

As always, thank you for your interest and support. I hope you will tell others about the resources now available on this site.

Glory be to God for all things! Amen!

Podcast Homily- Psalter Series: First Sunday after Christmas

Yes, I know that in 2022 the First Sunday after Christmas is replaced by the Feast of the Circumcision of Our Lord, but that does not mean that the publication of our new Podcast Homilies – Psalter Series will not post episodes for both First Sunday after Christmas Day and Second Sunday after Christmas Day. The Psalm appointed for First Sunday after Christmas Day is Psalm 145, one the the six doxologies which end the book of Psalms. On this occasion there are two illustrations, a page from the Stuttgart Psalter, produced circa 820 A.D. in the Scriptorium at the Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Pres, Paris, and the Psalter of Henry VIII, which is Ms. Royal 2 A XVI, British Library, London, England, produced around 1640 but possibly a decade earlier. Both illustrations will be used in the new AIC Bookstore Publication, The Prayer Book Psalter: Picture Book Edition.

Stuttgart Psalter, Cod. Bibl. f0l.23, Folio 159v, Wurttembergische Landesbibliothek, Stuttgart, Germany.
Psalter of Henry VIII, Ms. Royal 2 A XVI, Folio 170, British Library, London, England.

I am pleased to report that progress on the Psalter book has gone extremely well and much faster that I thought possible. The book will be published in a single volume with 450 pages plus color cover. The proofreading and corrections are complete, but there are some technical issues to be resolved and a higher-quality replacement image ordered from the British Library for an illustration of Psalm 81 from the Lucas Psalter, made in Belgium between 1480 and 1490. I hope we can have the book in print during Epiphany season, which begins on Friday of the coming week.

To all who follow this web site, on behalf of The Anglican Internet Church, Inc., I wish each of you a Happy New Year for A.D. 2023.

Glory be to God for all things! Amen!

Podcast Homily – Morning Prayer Series – Christmas Day

The appointed Psalm reading for Christmas Day is Psalm 89:1-30. In the Podcast Homily I explore the traditional understanding of the Psalm, especially its Christological symbolism. I’ve attached three illustrations. The first is an illumination on Psalm 89, verses 6 to 14a, from the Stuttgart Psalter, in which Christ stands at center with King David at left and two Hebrew scholars on the right. The second is the upper portion of an 11th C. mosaic of Isaiah at Neo Moni Monastery, Chios, Greece. The third is an illumination of Luke writing his Gospel from the Ada Gospels. The Podcast Homily for the series will be posted on both the Welcome/Home page and the Podcast Homilies – Morning Prayer pages by the end of the day on Friday, Dec. 23rd.

Stuttgart Psalter, circa 820 A.D., Cod. Bibl. Fol.23, Folio 103v, Wurttembergische Landesbibliothek, Stuttgart, Germany. The image is used with Psalm 89 in the AIC Bookstore Publication, The Prayer Book Psalter: Picture Book Edition, to be published early in 2023 A.D. As it stands now the book will have 448 pages with over 200 illustrations from 820 A.D. to the 16th C.

Isaiah, 11th C. mosaic, Neo Moni Monastery, Chios, Greece
Luke Writing His Gospel, Ada Gospel, early 9th C.

I’m also pleased to report progress on the proposed book, The Prayer Book Psalter: Picture Book Edition. Three proof copies are in circulation for purposes of proof-reading and general commentary. It seems it is possible to publish the book in a single volume. It is now possible that the book could be available earlier in A.D. 2023 than I thought possible.

Thank you for supporting the AIC into its second decade on the Web. On behalf of everyone associated with the AIC, I wish each of you a Merry Christmas.

Podcast Homily for Fourth Sunday in Advent

The Podcast Homily for Fourth Sunday in Advent, now linked from the Welcome and Podcast Homiles-Morning Prayer pages, is focused on the appointed Psalm reading for the day, Psalm 80, a lament by the sons of Asaph concerning bad things happening to the faithful and the endurance of those who maintain their faith in the Lord. This image will be used on page 232 of the new AIC Bookstore Publication, The Prayer Book Psalter: Picture Book Edition, to be published during Epiphany season 2023 A.D. The book in its present form has 163 images from the Stuttgart Psalter plus another 49 images from twenty-two other Psalters or Books of Hours from the 10th to the 16th C.

Illumination for Psalm 80, with the image illustrating verses 1 and 2, Stuttgart Psalter, produced circa 820 A.D. in the Scriptorium, Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Pres, Paris, during the reign of Charlemagne. Cod. Bibl. Fol.23, Folio 95v, Wurttenbergische Landesbibliothek, Stuttgart, Germany.

Podcast Homily for Second Sunday in Advent-Psalter Series

The Podcast Homily for Second Sunday in Advent was uploaded to our Podbean site earlier today. There are links to it on the Podcast Homilies-Morning Prayer and Welcome pages.

The appointed Psalm is Psalm 25 and the illustration for the episode is from the Psalter of Henry VIII, made for King Henry in southeast England, probably London, between 1540 and 1541. Some scholars date the work to a decade or more earlier.

Early next year I expect to publish a companion book with about 450 pages in two volumes, with illustrations from 23 historic documents. In its present form there are illustrations of pages from eight Psalms from the Psalter of Henry VIII. For each Psalm, the opening letter will be a colored scroll and initial designed by Corkie Shibley for this publication. I’ve been busy this week inserting the Scroll/Initial letter in the book.

As always, I thank you for interest in the AIC and its web site. Glory be to God for all things! Amen!

Opening Podcast for Morning Prayer-Psalms version

The first Podcast Homily in our new series of homilies based on the Psalm reading for each Sunday or selected Feast Day is now linked from both the Welcome page and the Podcast Homilies for Morning Prayer pages. We’re having a technical difficulty that resulted from our name change earlier this year and are working with Podbean on a solution. If you get Podbean’s 404 Error message, please click on the suggested alternative: front page.

Image: Page from the Stuttgart Psalter, Cod. bibl. fol.23, Folio 62r, Wurttembergische Landesbibliothek, Stuttgart, Germany. circa 820 A.D.

The Psalm reading appointed for First Sunday in Advent is Psalm 50, a Psalm of David. I’ve attached an image related to Psalm 50 from the Stuttgart Psalter, produced in the Scriptorium at the Abbey of Saint-German des Pres, Paris, France, in 820 A.D. The Abbey enjoyed the personal patronage of the Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne (or Charles Magnus, Charles the Great). Charlemagne was crowned as Holy Roman Emperor on Christmas Day, 800 A.D. At his side was his principal religious mentor, the Blessed Alcuin of York. He was the first Holy Roman Emperor in Europe since the sacking of Rome by the Vandals in the mid-5th C.

In association with this series of Podcast Homilies for Morning Prayer, the AIC Bookstore will publish a companion volume early in 2023 A.D. The present plan is for two volumes of about 225 pages each. Volume 1 will be focused on Psalm 1 to Psalm 75. It will contain a Preface and an Appendix with Bibliography and list of Sources of Illustrations. With each Psalm there will be an illustration from one of 23 historic sources from 820 A.D. to the 17th C..

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All the Latest…

A lot has been happening at the AIC.

First, 0ur application for IRS Section 501(c)(3) public charity has been approved. We are categorized as “Religious Media & Communications.” This classification better suits our actual operation since we do not offer in-person worship in a fixed location. Nothing changes as a result of this new classification. In fact, we’ll be doing even more to provide access to theologically-reliable teaching material.

Second, the previously-announced Podcast Homilies for Morning Prayer series is progressing very rapidly. With the help of several libraries in the United States, England and continental Europe I have searched for examples of illuminated Psalters, Books of Hours and other print vehicles with “historiated” first letters and representations of scenes in or associated with each Psalm. I have selected one or more examples, which will be posted weekly in this Blog as each Podcast is released, for all the Sundays, plus Christmas Day, Epiphany Day and Ascension Day. The series will include a reading of the text of each Psalm and a brief reference to the First and Second Lessons in the Lectionary. The Podcasts for First, Second and Third Sunday in Advent have been recorded. The scripts for Fourth Sunday in Advent through Sunday After Ascension have been written and edited.

Third, I’ve started work on a companion Video program in which I will display some of the most outstanding examples of Scriptural illumination associated with the Psalms. The video also will include examples from Psalms that are not read in Morning Prayer. I have not yet selected the music for the series, or for the Podcast Homilies. Suggestions are welcome. Send them to me at frron.aic@earthlink.net. I am hopeful that the video can be completed before Nov. 27, the first day of Advent, but, if not, early in the month of December. At left is an example of an illumination for Psalm 96 from the Book of Hours of Maria of Burgundy, produced in 1477, for which I am seeking from the Austrian National Library a higher-resolution image. The image is from Wikipedia Commons and is a copy of an illustration in a book about said Psalter.

Psalm 96 Book of Hours of Maria of Burgundy, circa 1477
Austrian National Library, Vienna, Austria
copy from Wikipedia Commons:
(Stundenbuch der Maria von Burgund Wien cod. 1857 Engel.jpg ). Maria (also called Mary) married the Hapsburg Emperor Maximillian I in the year the book was completed.

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Glory be to God for all things! Amen!

The Podcast Homilies Project Update

I’ve been very busy assembling material for the planned Podast Homilies for Morning Prayer series. So far, I have material for the first four Podcasts, all for the Sundays in Advent. Since the Podcasts are audio files, I’ve decided to prepare visual material as companions to the MP3 podcasts. For each Podcast Homily I will post a Blog entry with illustrations/illuminations based on the actual Psalm that is read in the Podcast or closely-related material. For this blog, I thought to provide readers with a glimpse of the quality of material I have assembled.

God the Father and Christ Enthroned, Howard Psalter and Hours, circa 1310-1320, East Anglia, Ms. Arundel 83, Folio 72, British Library, London, England, with grotesques in the border, placed before the start of Psalm 110 (Ps. 109 in the Vulgate version).

In the illuminated Psalters that were popular in continental Europe and England beginning around the second half of the 9th C., most of the illuminations were focused on events in only a select, small number of Psalms. Among the most common were Psalms 1, 23, 27, 39, 44, 52, 69, 80, 97, 110, 138 and 145. Many of these mark the traditional start of each of the five books of the Psalms. The numbers can be very confusing. The Vulgate Bible, the official Bible of the Roman Catholic Church since the Council of Trent, merged Psalms 8 and 9 into a single Psalm, which has the effect of making Psalms 10 t0 150 be off by one number compared to the Book of Common Prayer version. Some libraries mark the pages with Vulgate numbers but others use the English system, and one can only be certain by comparing the opening words in Latin in the BCP with the document.

It’s early days for the project but I expect to publish the Homily for First Sunday in Advent, which in 2022 is Nov. 27th, about a week before the official start of Advent and then publish one per week through the season, hopefully always being one month ahead of need!

The AIC Bookstore’s publication for this Fall and early Winter, Christmas: The Nativity of Our Lord in Scripture, Art & Christian Tradition is now available in paperback (8.5 x 8.5″ 112 illustrations in 172 pages) using the link to my Amazon Author Central page: https://amazon.com/author/ronald-e-shibley. Royalties from all AIC publications are contributed to the AIC.

Thank you for you continuing interest and support. Glory be to God for all things! Amen!