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The Nicene Creed – Episode 8

NiceneCreed-Slide140.jpgThe final episode in the Anglican Internet Church’s video series, The Nicene Creed is now available.  Episode 8 is focused on the second half of the Creed’s final paragraph, from “who spake by the prophets” through the closing “Amen.”  As a bonus feature, the episode includes miniatures of the sixteen major and minor prophets of the Old Testament presented in icons, mosaics, frescoes and engravings from the 11th through the 19th Century.

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Topics included are Baptism (with a modern photograph of a baptism in the River Jordan (modern site, not the traditional one which is undergoing restoration and mine removal); Resurrection; Life Everlasting (in the kingdom of the Father); and Amen.  The episode includes four illustrations from the Bamburg Apocalypse (11th C.) as used in the AIC Bookstore publication, Revelation: An Idealist Interpretation.

The episode closes with a summary of the series plus a link to another AIC Bookstore publication, The Beliefs of the Anglican Church, in which an explanation is provided of the historical and textual differences between the Nicene Creed and the Apostles’ Creed and how they are used in both the Western and Eastern Church traditions.

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Lives of the Saints – Second Series

The illustration is Christ Pantrokrator in the dome at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem. Photograph credit:  copyright Can Stock Photo, Inc./slavapolo.

I’ve resumed work on our newest video and podcast series, The Lives of the Saints Second Series.  The programs celebrate 35 Eastern and Western Church saints not given Holy Days in the 1928 Book of Common Prayer.   Like the First Series, these programs grew out of a series of Tuesday evening homilies at my former parish.  These “pen portraits” of the saints were intended to help parishioners to a better, fuller understanding of both the lives and death of the saints and their influence on the development of the Church Universal over the generations.  The series is not just about the gory details of martyrdom but also the contributions of the saints to theology, music and liturgy.


The Second Series will include 30 episodes with the first to be released on or before December 4th.  Later episodes will be released during the Church Year on or before the dates celebrated on the Church Calendar.  The music for the series, as it was in the First Series, is Horatio Nelson’s hymn, From All the Saints in Warfare, written in 1864 A.D. and played by Richard Irwin on a Church organ to the familiar tune, Aurelia (best known for its use with The Church’s One Foundation).

The format will be the same as that of the First Series, with historical background, highlights of important events, quotations from the saints (where possible), information about the resting place of any relics and a closing Collect from the 1960s edition of Lesser Feasts and Fasts.  Episodes will be illustrated (where available) with historic art, icons and frescoes.   The length of the episodes will vary greatly, depending upon the amount of information available, with the average around 15 minutes.  For the Feast of St. John Chrysostom (January 27th) the episode will be split into two parts, with the historical information in Part One and a dramatic reading of the Seven Nocturnes, prayers attributed to John the Golden Mouth and rarely heard in the Western Church, in Part Two.  Where more than one saint is celebrated on a single date, each saint will be honored in a separate episode.

Calendar of the Saints:
December 4th
Clement of Alexandria; John of Damascus
December 6th
Nicholas of Myra
December 7th
Ambrose of Milan
January 10th
William Laud; Gregory of Nyssa
January 17th
Anthony of Egypt
January 25th
Gregory Nazianzen
January 27th
John Chrysostom (presented in two Parts)
February 4th
Cornelius the Centurion
February 18th
Simeon of Jerusalem
March 8th
Thomas Aquinas
March 12
Gregory the Great
March 30
John Climacus
June 14th
Basil of Caesarea
July 11th
Cyril and Methodius
July 25th
Joseph of Arimethea
August 28th
Augustine of Hippo
September 13th
Cyprian of Carthage
September 25th
Lancelot Andrewes
September 29th
Michael/Gabriel/Raphael (Archangels)
September 30th
Jerome of Jerusalem
October 4th
Francis of Assisi
October 6th
Vincent de Paul
October 16th
The English Martyrs (Cranmer, Ridley & Latimer)
November 10th
Leo the Great
November 16th
Margaret of Scotland
November 23rd
Clement of Rome
November 25th
Catherine of Alexandria

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


Nicene Creed – Episode Seven

The First Council of Constantinople, from a Byzantine Orthodox fresco at Stavropoleos Church, Bucharest, Romania, circa 1724 A.D. (with early 20th C. restoration from earthquake damage).

Episode Seven in The Nicene Creed is the first of two episodes focused on the final paragraph of the Creed.   The commentary covers from “And I believe in the Holy Ghost” through “worshipped and glorified.”  Episode running time is just over 25 minutes.

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The final paragraph was not written at Nicea in 325 A.D. but was an addition, using ideas discussed at Nicea, which came out of the First Council of Constantinople in 381 A.D.   As I noted in Episode Six, the Council at Constantinople added the phrase “whose kingdom shall have no end” as an answer to early heresy concerning interpretation of Revelation and embellished the phrases describing the Lord Jesus Christ with more detail about the Nativity, Incarnation and death of Jesus.

There are 12 illustrations, including five not previously used in the series.    The illustration with this blog commemorates the contribution of the 150 Bishops and Priests who met at the call of Emperor Theodosius, a strong supporter of Nicene Christianity.  There were no representatives of the Western Church at the Council of Constantinople.  The ideas they introduced were based upon discussions at Nicea and traditional understandings of Scripture.   The clarification of the equality of the Holy Spirit is largely owed to On the Holy Spirit, written a decade before the Council, by St. Basil of Caesarea in Asia Minor.

The final episode in the series will be available on September 9th or sooner and will cover from “who spake by the prophets” through the closing “Amen.”  It will also include some summary commentary on the differences in origin and context between the Nicene Creed and the Apostles’ Creed and some closing remarks on the series.

As always, thanks 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!

Nicene Creed – Episode 6

Copyright Can Stock Photo, Inc./tupungato

Episode Six is the final episode of three on what the Nicene Creed declares concerning the Lord Jesus Christ.  It begins with “And on the third day” and goes through “kingdom shall have no end.”  Illustrations for the various statements/phrases, in order of use, are Christ Victor Over Death, bas relief, Stephandom, Vienna; Christ Resurrected, 6 panels of stained glass, 19th C., location unknown; The Ascension, Eastern Orthodox icon, Bulgaria, 16th C.;  Christ Enthroned, apse mosaic (I seriously altered the original photograph to correct perspective distortion), Basilica of St. Ambrose, Milan, 13th C.; Christ Pantokrator, mosaic, Dome, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem, late 19th C.; Christ Pantokrator, icon, Monastery of St. Catherine, Sinai, 6th C.; Icons of St. Matthew, St. Luke and St. Paul, illustrations from the Bamberg Apocalypse, early 11th C., as used in Revelation: An Idealist Interpretation, the newest AIC Bookstore publication; a Byzantine icon of the Archangel Gabriel, painted at Constantinople centuries before its removal to Moscow in 1397 A.D.; likely in anticipation of the Moslem conquest of the city; and the opening page to an American-printed edition of the Book of Psalms, early 17th C.

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I have re-written the material on the last paragraph of the Nicene Creed, from “And I believe in the Holy Ghost” through the “Amen,” dividing the material into two episodes.  Episode Seven will be delayed a week, owing to my 74th birthday on the 26th.

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.


Nicene Creed – Episode Five

Episode Five in the AIC video series, The Nicene Creed, is now available in podcast and video versions.  It is the second of three episodes on what the Creed says about the Lord Jesus Christ.  Phrases discussed are “by whom all things were made” through “suffered and was buried.”   Illustrations include stained glass windows from the 16th to 19th C, several mosaics (9th to 19th C) and a 16th C. icon of St. Athanasius, plus an encore of James Tissot’s charcoal and watercolor depicting death on the Cross at Ninth Hour from Tissot’s Life of Christ series at the Brooklyn Museum.  I discuss changes to the original creed written at Nicea which were made at the Second Ecumenical Council at Constantinople (381 A.D.).  There will be much more detail about the Constantinople meeting in Episode Six.

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I was unable to make any progress on the planned posting, The End of Civilization. Episode Six in the Nicene Creed series should be available by the end of next week.

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

Nicene Creed – Episode Four

The Emperor Constantine and the Bishops of the Council of Nicea.  Early Byzantine icon.  Artist uknown.

IN working out the content for the Nicene Creed video series I ran into a problem with the length of the episodes.  The revised format shows up in Episode Four, released today as the first of three episodes focused on the Creed’s descriptions of Jesus Christ.  Here’s the plan for all three:

  • Episode Four:  From “And in one Lord Jesus Christ” through “being of the same substance with the Father.”   There are 16 illustrations, with oldest prepared in the early 11th C. and the last being a statue sculpted in 2009 A.D.  One of the illustrations is an 18th C. copy of a 3rd or 4th C. icon from the Edessa region of Syria.  Episode length is just over 24 minutes.
  • Episode Five:  From “by whom all things were made” through “He suffered and was buried.”  There will be 11 illustrations, with the oldest being an 11th C. Russian Orthodox icon of Christ at Kiev and newest being stained glass windows and sketches of scenes in the life of Christ, both from the late 19th C.  The anticipated episode length is about 18 minutes.
  • Episode Six:  From “And on the third day” through “whose kingdom shall have no end.”   There will be material not widely understood in the Western Church tradition regarding the closing phrase, which was not part of the original Nicene Creed written at the Council of Nicea in 325 A.D.  As of today, the number of illustrations and episode length remain undecided, but the illustrations will include a remarkable early icon of the Archangel Gabriel taken from Constantinople to Moscow in the late 14th C.  The age of the icon and the identity of the artist are not know, but it is said that it had a strong influence on the work of noted icon artist Andrei Rublev, the uality of whose work has never been equalled.  Others may have painted with high skill but no one, except perhaps his contemporary Dionysius, has approached the sense of spirituality evident in his icons.

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