From the AIC Bookstore Publications archive I am today posting a third resource which I hope will be helpful to those under stress in these troubled times. The office for Ninth Hour is the third traditional daily office. In Anglican practice, hours were discarded in favor of Morning and Evening Prayer. My version of Ninth Hour has been “Angiicanized” from many ttaditions across the centuries. The office does not require clergy to be present and can be said by anyone, singly or in a group. If a group, the words in bold type are said by all or in response to the leader.

Sixth Hour(12 Noon)

The Invocation

IN the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, one true God, to whom be glory and upon us mercy and compassion for ever and ever.  Amen.

The First Prayer [Early Eastern Orthodox Prayer]

Almighty Saviour, who at noonday called Thy servant Saint Paul to be an Apostle to the Gentiles: We pray Thee to illumine the world with the radiance of Thy glory, that all nations may come and worship Thee.  Amen.

A General Confession

Let us pray

 I confess to God the Father Almighty, to His only-begotten Son Jesus Christ our Lord, and to God the Holy Ghost, and before the whole company of heaven, that I have sinned exceedingly, in thought, word, and deed, through my fault, through my own fault, through my own most grievous fault. Wherefore I beseech God the Father Almighty, His only-begotten Son Jesus Christ our Lord, and God the Holy Ghost, to pity me, and to have mercy upon me.   The Almighty and merciful God grant to us pardon, absolution, and remission of all our sins. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer [Luke 11:2-4]

OUR Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil.  Amen. 

The First Chapter [1 John 4:16]

God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God and God in him. 

The First Antiphon

Incline my heart, O God, unto thy testimonies, (Psalm 119:36a)

And not to covetousness; (Psalm 119:36b)

O turn away mine eyes, lest they behold vanity, (Psalm 119:37a)

And quicken thou me in thy way. (Psalm 119:37b)

The Second Prayer 

Adapted from Psalm 55:17, 18; 71:1a

AS for me, I will call upon God, and the Lord shall save me. Evening and morning and at noon I will pray and cry aloud, and He shall hear my voice; in thee will I put my trust.  Amen.

The Second Antiphon

[Adapted from a Prayer of the Blessed Lancelot Andrewes, 17th C. England]

Blessed, praised, celebrated, magnified, exalted, glorified, and hallowed be Thy name, O Lord; 

Great and marvellous are Thy works, Lord God Almighty;

Just and true are Thy ways, Thou King of saints; 

Praise our God, all ye His servants, 

And ye that fear Him, both small and great. 

Alleluia. Alleluia.  Alleluia.

The Third Prayer [Roman Catholic & Eastern Orthodox Prayer]

Blessed Saviour, who at this hour hung upon the cross for us: Grant that all the peoples of the earth may look to Thee and be saved; for Thy tender mercies’ sake.  Amen.

The Second Chapter [Jeremiah 17:14]

Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me and I shall be saved; for thou art my praise.

The Third Antiphon

Lord, be merciful unto me; (Psalm 41:4a)

Heal my soul, for I have sinned against thee. (Psalm 41:4b)

Thou hast been my succour (Psalm 27:11a)

Leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation. (Psalm 27:11b)

The Fourth Prayer [Traditional Anglican Prayer]

Keep me this day, O Lord, constant in faith and zealous in witness, that I may live in thy fear, die in thy favor, and rest in peace; for the sake of Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and thy Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

The Psalm [Psalm 119:1-8, 12-16, 33-40]

BLESSED are those that are undefiled in the way, * and walk in the law of the Lord.

2. Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, * and seek him with their whole heart.

3. Even they who do no wickedness, * and walk in his ways.

4. Thou hast charged * that we shall diligently keep thy commandments.

5. O that my ways were made so direct, * that I might keep thy statutes!

6. So shall I not be confounded, * while I have respect unto all thy commandments.

7. I will thank thee with an unfeigned heart, * when I shall have learned the judgments of thy righteousness.

8. I will keep thy statutes; * O forsake me not utterly.

Blessed art thou, O Lord; * O teach me thy statutes.

13. With my lips have I been telling * of all the judgments of thy mouth.

14. I have had as great delight in the way of thy testimonies, * as in all manner of riches.

15. I will talk of thy commandments, * and have respect unto thy ways.

16. My delight shall be in thy statutes, * and I will not forget thy word.

TEACH me, O Lord, the way of thy statutes, * and I will keep it unto the end.

34. Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; * yea, I shall keep it with my whole heart.

35. Make me go in the path of thy commandments; * for therein is my desire.

36. Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, * and not to covetousness.

37. O turn away mine eyes, lest they behold vanity; * and quicken thou me in thy way.

38. O stablish thy word in thy servant, * that I may fear thee.

39. Take away the rebuke that I am afraid of; * for thy judgments are good.

40. Behold, my delight is in thy commandments; * O quicken me in thy righteousness.

The Third Chapter [Joel 2:12]

Turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your heart and not your garments, saith the Lord Almighty. 

The Fourth Antiphon [Adapted from Psalm 91:3, 6]

He shall deliver thee from the snare of the hunter; 

 From the noisome pestilence.

From the pestilence that walketh in darkness;  

 And the sickness that destroyeth in the noon-day.

The Fifth Prayer {Adapted from Psalm 85]

O LORD, compassionate and merciful, long-suffering and of great mercy, give ear to our prayer and work upon us a sign for good; guide us every day and night in thy way that we may always walk in the light of thy truth; through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

The Fifth Antiphon [Psalm 69:18, 19 LXX]

Turn not away thy face from thy child, for I am afflicted.

Hear me speedily; Draw near unto my soul and deliver me.

The Sixth Prayer [Roman Catholic prayer, Leonine Sacramentary, 5th C.]

O GOD, who hast willed that the gate of mercy should stand open to the faithful: Look on us, and have mercy upon us, we beseech thee; that we who by thy grace are following the path of thy will may continue in the same all the days of our life; through Jesus Christ our Lord Ξ.  Amen.

The Grace (2 Corinthians 13:14)

THE grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all evermore. Amen.

The Benediction

May the Lord Almighty and merciful, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, vouchsafe to bless us and keep us. Amen. 

Here ends Sixth Hour.  Go in peace and serve the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

The text of Ninth Hour and other traditional hours offices is included in Hear Us, O Lord: Daily Prayers for the Laity. The book is available in paperback and Kindle editions using the Virtual Bookstore link at the bottom of the Home page.

I close with some advice: Ignore the world. I call it “Turn it off and tune it out.” You don’t really need TV or radio or newspapers (such as they are). I ignore the daily clutter and bias and politics by making your own list of favorites linked from your iPad or IPhone, laptop or other smart devices.

God bless you in all that you do in His Name! Amen! And never forget that He hears your prayers.

O Sapientia (Wisdom) – Dec. 18th

O Antiphons-Slide5Today, December 18th, is the first of the final seven days of Advent.  The AIC Seasonal Video series, The Great “O” Antiphons, offers Scripture, commentary, the reading/responses of antiphons and music for the occasion.  The series is based on a 12th C. office in the Roman Catholic tradition.  Here you will find information and links each day until the final episode on Dec. 24th.  The text for the entire series is printed on pages 21-27 in the AIC Bookstore Publication, Occasional Services for Anglican Worship, available using the Virtual Bookstore link at the bottom of the Home page.  The entire series is linked from the Digital Library page with Podcast versions from the Podcast Archive page.

The theme music for the day is On Jordan’s Bank the Baptists’ Cry, performed on his church organ by Jared Haselbarth, from his DVD (available at http://www.NABA.com).   The key phrase is O Sapientia, meaning Wisdom.  In Christian theology, Jesus Christ is the embodiment of the wisdom of the Father.

Watch “O Sapientia – Wisdom for Dec. 18th.

Listen to the Podcast version of O Sapientia.

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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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 Lord’s Prayer: Phrase-by-phrase – Episode One

LP-Title3bEpisode One in the much-delayed AIC teaching video series, The Lord’s Prayer: Phrase-by-phrase is now available on our You Tube channel and also in a podcast version.  The title slide includes James Tissot’s late 19th C. depiction of Jesus teaching the Disciples in charcoal, graphite and watercolor on gray wove paper, from the Life of Christ at the Brooklyn Museum. Continue reading “The Lord’s Prayer: Phrase-by-phrase – Episode One”

Sunday Next Before Advent

My Podcast Homily for Sunday Next Before Advent (Stir-up Sunday) has been uploaded to the Podcast Homilies page at the AIC web site.  This completes the archive of traditional homilies for all the regular Sundays in the 1928 Book of Common Prayer.  I include a review of the secular and Scriptural origins of the “Stir-up” idea as well as commentary on the “For the Epistle” reading (Jeremiah 23:5-8) and the Gospel reading (John 6:55-14), St. John’s unique account of the Feeding of the 5,000, the sixth of seven “signs” (Greek: semeion) in St. John’s Gospel.     Listen to the Sunday Next Podcast Continue reading “Sunday Next Before Advent”

Twenty-second Sunday After Trinity and Episode Twenty-eight in Revelation: An Idealist Interpretation

River of Life and Tree of Life, Bamberg Apocalypse, early 11th C.  Bamberg State Library, Bamberg, Germany.
River of Life and Tree of Life, Bamberg Apocalypse, early 11th C. Bamberg State Library, Bamberg, Germany.

I can hardly believe it is already near the end of the week, but it has been a productive week.  I’ve completed the final episode in Revelation: An Idealist Interpretation.  Episode Twenty-eight is focused on Chapter 22.  The key illustration is River of Life and Tree of Life from the Bamberg Apocalypse. Continue reading “Twenty-second Sunday After Trinity and Episode Twenty-eight in Revelation: An Idealist Interpretation”

Nineteenth Sunday After Trinity and Episode 25 in Revelation: An Idealist Interpretation

BambergApocalypseFolio048vRiderOnWhiteHorseAndBirdsOfPreyThis has been a terrific week!  The rainy weather finally abated and the sun came out and the temperature went up.  Early in the week, shut-in owing to the stormy weather, I completed and uploaded Episode Twenty-five in Revelation: An Idealist Interpretation.   Continue reading “Nineteenth Sunday After Trinity and Episode 25 in Revelation: An Idealist Interpretation”

Sixteenth Sunday After Trinity

Quite a busy week, starting with a heart catheterization on Tuesday.  I am thankful and glad to report that the test found no new blockages in my heart and no obstruction in the stent which was installed in 2013.  The most convincing theory of the moment is that my symptoms were the result of stress, lack of exercise and lack of sleep, etc.  Consequently, lifestyle changes have already been made, including regular exercise, including at least 30 minutes of walking, and regular massages at my chiropractor’s office.

There will be no new episodes in our Bible Study series on Revelation this week.  I hope to complete work on Episode 23, focused on Revelation 18, before the end of next week.  All the slides are done, as is the sound recording.  I have to coordinate the pictures and sound, tedious, time-consuming work for which had neither time nor energy for this week!  Thanks for your patience.

I am presently at work on the final Chapter of Revelation and hope to have all the episodes completed before the middle of October.

Raising the Son of the Widow of Nain, opaque watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper, James Tissot, late 19th C. Public domain by the Brooklyn Museum
Raising the Son of the Widow of Nain, opaque watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper, James Tissot, late 19th C. Public domain by the Brooklyn Museum

I did complete and upload to the AIC Web Site and Facebook my Podcast Homily for Sixteenth Sunday After Trinity.  The Gospel reading covers the Raising of the Son of the Widow of Nain (Luke 7:11-17).  The only illustration I know of is the lovely watercolor from the Life of Christ series by James Tissot at the Brooklyn Museum.

Listen to the Podcast Homily

First Sunday After Easter

Corkie and I got back from our first trip in the Volvo XC90 AWD late yesterday.  This morning I put together a short Podcast Homily for the First Sunday After Easter based on the prayer book readings from 1 John 5:4-12 and John 20:19-23.  LIsten to the Podcast

John-RohanMaster-15thCThese two readings are both highly-spiritual, in which St. John shares his first hand experience as a Disciple and his own passionate understanding of the importance of the Christian virtue of Love (from the Greek, agape) and the equality of the Holy Spirit with the Father and the Son (or the Word in the Gospel of St. John).  In his epistle he once again indulgences in a preference for stressing the importance of the symbolic number 3.  Three stands for the Father, Son and Holy Spirit as well as for the three baptism-like symbols in his narrative:  the spirit, the water and the blood.  As he did in his Gospel account, he speaks of the Holy Spirit as witness of the Truth, meaning the Christian belief that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that through Him only can salvation be obtained.  In his Gospel, he frequently uses the comparison between Truth and Falsehood.  For those moderns who give advice on the need for inclusiveness, St. John offers unwanted stress upon the certainty that there is only one path to the Father:

And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.  He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

How much clearer can an Epistle be?

The Gospel account is unique in many ways.  It offers details of the appearance in the Upper Room, safely locked against possilbe intrusion by hostile Jews, including the granting to the faithful of the Peace of God, access by His breath to the Holy Spirit, and later, after the end of the reading, the comments of a skeptical Thomas, as well as providing the Scriptural basis for the Sacrament of Confession/Penance.  As I note in the Podcast Homily, the granting of the sacrament providing Absolution and Remission of sins is yet another example of God’s unqualified love, Agape, for His Creation.