The New Testament: Gospels – Episode One

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After repeated delays for technical reasons, Episode One in the revised AIC Bible Study Video series, The New Testament: Gospels, is now available in both video and podcast version.   The new version is the third to be produced.  The first was a series of live videocasts from my former parish.  The second edition was introduced in A.D. 2015 after my retirement from pulpit ministry at Epiphany A.D. 2014.

Version Three includes many improvements, including a revised format more consistent with the style of the more recent AIC videos; many more examples of historic art from the 6th through the 20th C. from archives which have been digitized for wider audiences; and more direct quotations of Scripture, especially in the episodes on the Gospels of St. Matthew and St. Mark, which were the earliest in the series presented in a different format than later episodes.   The series retains the original focus on teaching for the Laity and the informal style of presentation.

Watch the Video of Episode One                   Listen to the Podcast of Episode One

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Luke Writing from Ms Harley 5785, Folio 187v, perspective correction applied, British Library, London, England.

Among the examples of historic art included in Episode One is Luke Writing His Gospel, an illumination in tempera and gold on parchment produced in the region of Constantinople in the late 11th to early 12th C.  I applied perspective correction to the original image from Ms Harley 5785, Folio 187v, British Library, London, England.   Our archive now includes nearly a thousand such images from libraries, museums, churches, and government archives in England, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Russia, Macedonia, Bulgaria and the United States.   These historic images are both beautiful and instructive on the spiritual message in the scenes depicted.  I have included works in nearly every artistic medium, including icons, frescos, mosaics, oil paintings, watercolors, etchings and engravings.  All examples which have been modified for correction of perspective and other flaws with the objective of presenting a finished work more like its original shape are so identified in the credit lines.  Examples from many libraries and other sources can only be used for non-commerical purposes.  I have removed the links to all video and podcast versions of the earlier series.

The text and slides for Episode Two through Episode Sixteen, the latter including material from the opening chapters of the Gospel of St. Luke, have been completed.  Each needs to be converted into video form, which is a multi-step and time-consuming process, but I hope to release one episode per week throughout 2019 A.D. until all 45 episodes in the series are complete.   Things that can upset the schedule include the temptation to go back into finished work to add historic art more recently discovered.

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

Podcast Homilies for Lent

All seven episodes in my revised and, hopefully, improved Podcast Homilies for Lent are now online.  Previously, there was no Podcast Homily just for Ash Wednesday.   In this version Ash Wednesday, St. Gregory the Great’s gift to the world in 601 A.D., has its own Podcast Homily.  This leaves the Podcast Homilies for Easter, Ascension, Pentecost/Whitsunday, and Trinity remaining to be recorded later in the Spring.  You can listen to any episode using the links on the Podcast Homilies page.

In my remarks for Palm Sunday I offer a combined reading based upon all the Gospel accounts of Palm Sunday.  Among the images I used in the companion Seasonal Video video series for Lent, Episode Three, I used the image below.

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Entry into Jerusalem, Romanesque apse fresco, Medieval period, unspecified Lutheran Church, Jutland region, Denmark.   Image copyright Stig Alena|Dreamstime.com

Meanwhile, I continue making excellent progress on the revised versions of our Bible Study Video series, The New Testament: Gospels.  Scripts are written and slides prepared for the first eleven episodes, taking the series through the Gospels of St. Matthew and St. Mark.  I recorded and edited Episode One earlier this week and hope to have it available online next week.  Episode One is focused on the New Testament’s history and a lot of background information about how it was developed, when and by whom.  I hope viewers will be pleased with the illustrations I chose for the episode, including an illuminated cover from the Book of Kells, circa 800 A.D., and a text page with the words from  John 1:1  painted in the last Qtr of the 9th C-1st Qtr of the 10th C. and used in English Coronations for generations afteward.

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Podcast Homilies for “Gesima” Season

 

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Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard, Matthew 20:1-16, miniature in tempera and gold on parchment, Codex Aureus of Echternach, 1030-1050 A.D., Made at the Abbey of Echternach, Echternach, Luxembourg (then Germany), German National Museum, Nuremberg, Germany.  The scenes is one three on a single sheet of miniature illuminations.

The revised and expanded Podcast Homiles series now includes three Homilies for Septuagesima, Sexagesima and Quinquagesima Sundays.  In the style of the revised material being produced for the 2018-2019 Church Year, the homilies include cross-reference to Other AIC Resouces linked from this Web Site.

Septuagesima Sunday:
1st Corinthians 9:24-27/Matthew 20:1-16
Sexagesima Sunday:
2nd Corinthians 11:19-31/Luke 8:4-15
Quinquagesima Sunday:
1st Corinthians 1:1-13/Luke 18:31-43

Podcast Homilies for Ash Wednesday, the Sundays in Lent, Easter, the Sundays after Easter; Ascension; Sunday after Ascension; Whitsunday; Trinity Sunday, the Sundays after Trinity will be recorded and uploaded in the coming weeks, hopefully before Easter Day.

Meanwhile, I continue to work on the revised versions of all 45 episodes in our Bible Study Video series, New Testament: Gospels.  Slides and Script for Episode One through Episode Seven, focused on the Gospel of St. Matthew, are complete, but the voice track has yet to be recorded.  There are about twice as many slides in the new version and all episodes include many of the examples of historic art which have been used in our video series, plus a great many more which were made into the correct format late last year.  There will be illustration which viewers most likely have never seen, especially in a higher resolution format.

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Fourth Sunday in Advent: The First Gift of Christmas

My revised Podcast Homily for Fourth Sunday in Advent, on the theme “The First Gift of Christmas,” is available on the Podcast Homilies page. The revised version includes cross-references to other relevant material elsewhere on this site.

Listen to the Podcast

Later today or tomorrow I will be posting links to the new versions of two AIC Seasonal Video series: Lessons and Carols for Christmas Eve and The Twelve Days of Christmas.

Revised Great “O” Antiphons Series

Yesterday I uploaded all seven revised episodes of our Seasonal Video series, The Great “O” Antiphons.  The series is available in video through our YouTube channel and in podcast versions through links on the Podcast Archive page.   The A.D. 2018 revisions modify the presentations style, introduce many of the examples of Church art, especially those from Western Europe between the 9th and the 15th C., and offer new voice responses.    Each episode includes a hymn.

The series follows the model of the original service from the Latin tradition in the 12th C.  After 9th centuries., there still is no better teaching service offering instruction in the Christian Faith.

Dec. 18th – O Sapientia (Wisdom)
Dec. 19th – O Adonai (Lord)
Dec. 20th – O Radix Jesse (Root of Jesse)
Dec. 21st – O Clavis David (Key of David)
Dec. 22nd – O Oriens (Dayspring)
Dec. 23rd – O Rex Gentium (King of Nations)
Dec. 24th – O Emmanuel (God with us)

Visit the Digital Library page for the videos

Visit the Podcast Archive page for the podcasts.

Later this will I will release the new Podcast Homily for Fourth Sunday in Advent and the new version of Lessons & Carols for Christmas Eve.

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

Third Sunday in Advent – Rejoice in the Love of God

My revised and extended Podcast Homily for Third Sunday in Advent is now available.  It is another of the themed-homilies for Advent Season, in this instance, Rejoice in the Love of God.  Third Sunday in Advent is represented in the traditional Advent Wreath by a rose-colored candle.  Visitors may benefit from the companion AIC Seasonal Video series, Advent: a Season of Penitence & Preparation. Episode Two features commentary on the Collect, Epistle and Gospel readings for Third Sunday in Advent as well as the Fourth Sunday in Advent.

A.D. 2012 Advent Wreath. Photo by Kettelenden. Public Domain.

Listen to the Podcast Homily.

Watch the Video of Episode Two in the Advent series

Listen to the Podcast of Episode Two

Preview of 2019 A.D. Projects

Great new changes are coming next year.  Instead of investing a lot of time and energy in a proposed Nativity book, I’ve decided to upgrade our existing 45-episode Bible Study Video series.   The Bible Study video series began as live streaming-video programs broadcast from my former parish nearly a decade ago.  Since the original version was produced, the AIC’s style of videos has changed dramatically, both in content and in appearance on the screen.   In addition, the new version will eliminate all obsolete references to persons, places and programs which are no longer relevant to the AIC’s online ministry.

For the new series, which as you see, has a new, more accurate title, the programs will incorporate the new style made possible by a change in software and the broadening of the AIC’s library of historic art.  We now have access to almost 1,000 images, including illuminations, icons, mosaics, frescoes, paintings, engravings, etchings and historic documents the oldest dating to the 3rd century.    The image in the title slide is the first page from the Gospel of St. John from a late 9th C.-early 10th C. illuminated Gospel made in Belgium.   The book is known by many names, the Coronation Gospels, the Athelstan Gospels and the Cotton Gospels.  Inprincipio is Latin for “In the beginning…”, the opening words of St. John’s prelude to this unique Gospel account.  The original is in the digital collections of the British Library, London, England.

Another major change to be incorporated into the revised Bible Study series is internal cross-referencing to Other AIC Resources on the same topics, words, phrases or theological concepts, including our Christian Education and Seasonal Videos; Podcast Homilies (also being revised and expanded in 2019 A.D.), and the AIC Bookstore Publications.   My objective is to help viewers take full advantage of the resources provided through the AIC Web Site, most of which are offered free of charge.   

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

The Podcast Homilies Rebuild

Just a little bit of introspection today.  I thought readers might want to know what’s in store for 2019 A.D. at the AIC web site.  With the coming completion of the Seasonal Video series (with Christmas: The Nativity of Our Lord‘s Episode Two in late October), attention turns to restructuring the Podcast Homilies platform, last changed early in 2015 A.D.

The Podcast Homilies page grew out of the 12-15 minutes homilies I delivered before my retirement from pulpit ministry.  The PH series is primarily focused on the Epistle and Gospel readings for the Sundays in the 1928 Book of Common Prayer.   The restructuring will involved integrating the Podcast Homilies into the inventory of teaching material available through Other AIC Resources.    For each of the Podcast Homilies I will add mentions of where the verses cited in the script are used in the 1928 B.C.P. liturgies and also cross-referencing each homily to where the same words, phrases, concepts, subjects are treated in Other AIC materials.

When the project is complete, hopefully by late Winter 2018-2019 A,D., readers and listeners will be able to take full advantage of the greatly-enlarged library of materials available on or through the AIC Web Site.  For example: in a homily which includes a reading from the Gospel of St. Luke, there will be cross-references to where the same reading appears in our Bible Study video series New Testament: Gospels; the appropriate Seasonal Video series with episode number; appropriate Christian Education series (Nicene Creed; Lord’s Prayer; Lives of the Saints; The War on Christianity); appropriate AIC Bookstore Publications, especially Layman’s Lexicon.

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

Christmas: The Nativity of Our Lord – Episode One

Christ-Nativity & Annun-Egbert_codex-Detail1-PCAI’ve completed and uploaded Episode One in Christmas: The Nativity of Our Lord, part of the final link in our chain of teaching videos for all the seasons in the 1928 Book of Common Prayer.  The series will have two episodes.  Episode One offers discussion of the evolution of the Christmas tradition; Anglican traditions of Christmas; and discussion and reading of both the first and second set of Collect, Epistle and Gospel readings for Christmas Day.   The series is illustrated with material from the 10th through the 20th C.  The oldest is a Byzantine-style illumination of the Nativity and the Annunciation to the Shepherds from the Codex Egberti, a Gospel book prepared in the Scriptorium of the Reichenau Monastery, Reichenau, Germany, between 980 and 993 A.D. for the incumbent bishop of Trier.  I applied perspective correction to the original file.  The Codex is part of the collection at the Trier Library, Trier, Germany.

Watch the video.     Listen to the Podcast.

Other illustrations include an early 11th C. illumination from the Bamberg Apocalypse; a 14th C. French depiction of the coronation of Charlesmagne at Rome in 800 A.D.; a 14th C. oil on panel of Malachi by Duccio di Buoninsegna; a 10th C. depiction of St. John writing his Gospel from the Ottonian era of the Holy Roman Empire; a 13th C. mosaic at the Basilica of St. Mark, Venice; a circa 1420 A.D. Nativity scene in colored inks on parchment made in the Netherlands; F. X. Zettler’s elegant and beautiful stained glass window of the Nativity at St. Gertrude’s Church, Stockholm, Sweden; and Nativity murals from St. Joseph’s Villa Chapel, Richmond, Va from the AIC Bookstore publication, Paintings on Light.

Episode Two has been recorded but not yet place into video format.  It is focused on First Sunday after Christmas Day, Second Sunday after Christmas Day; the AIC Seasonal Video series, The Twelve Days of Christmas, soon to be available in a new edition; and, finally, the fourteen hymns in The St. Chrysostom Hymnal that are either not in the venerable 1940 Hymnal or are used by different, more easily-sung tunes.

I will also be recording new versions of The Great “O” Antiphons and Lessons and Carols for Christmas Eve in late October and early November.  I spoke yesterday at a Clericus of the Orthodox Anglican Church, meeting at St. Joseph’s Villa Chapel, on the topic, The Mistaken Quest for Relevance.

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Lessons & Carols for Christmas Eve

Lessons and Carols-2018-Slide2A new 2018 A.D/ edition of the AIC Seasonal Video Lessons & Carols for Christmas Eve is nearing completion.   It will have it a new look, one consistent with the style of all our other Seasonal Video series which were revised and improved earlier this year.  I’ve also added historic art from the greatly-expanded AIC archive.   The sound track will be recorded on November 1st, with the congregation at Holy Cross Anglican, Midlothian, Va providing the voice responses to the opening verses, The Christmas Eve Antiphons, I used each Christmas Eve at my former parish.  Here’s the complete text:

Today shall ye know that the Lord will come and deliver you.
And in the morning, then ye shall see the glory of the Lord.
Tomorrow the iniquity of the earth shall be done away.
And the Saviour of the world shall reign over us.
The Lord cometh; go ye out to meet him, and say ye: Great is his dominion, and of his kingdom there shall be no ending.
The mighty God, the Ruler, the Prince of Peace.
Minister & People: Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia

For the other series I have been working on, Christmas: the Nativity of Our Lord (two episodes) and The Great “O” Antiphons (seven episodes) the scripts and slides are complete.  My plan is to record both episodes of the Christmas program during the week of October 1st.  On the same November evening as the Christmas Eve Antiphons are recorded, the good people of Holy Cross Anglican are also going to participate in the recording to their responses each each of the seven antiphons for The Great “O” Antiphons.  Without any unexpected technical or other issues, I anticipate the recording stage to be complete during the first full week of November, with the production of the finished video the following week.

As always, thank you for your interest in and support of this Internet-based ministry.

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