We were asked to be a part of the blog tour/rosary crawl, along with many other inspiring bloggers, for the release of Mary of Nazareth on DVD and we were happy to say “yes”! See the recap of the #RosaryCrawl HERE.
As part of the tour I am excited to share a clip from the film. This scene is of the Crucifixion and Death of our Lord.
“And when they came to the place which is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on the right and one on the left. And Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do’ …
It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour, while the sun’s light failed; and the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, ‘Father, into thy hands I commit my spirit!’ And having said this he breathed his last” (Lk 23:33-46).
“‘Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures’ (1 Cor 15:3)” (CCC, 619).
Our Father, 10 Hail Marys (contemplating the mystery), Glory be to the Father.
What struck me in this scene was, at the moment before Christ’s death, the screenwriter gave Mary the line of “I am the servant of the Lord. Let what you have said, happen to me.” The screenwriter gave her this same line at the moment before the conception of Christ in her womb. The screenwriter was clearly linking these two moments for the audience. Why? This moment during the Annunciation is known as Mary’s “fiat”…her “yes” to God. It was this moment that she accepted the gift of Christ, reversing the “no” of the first sin of Adam and Eve, giving us the hope of redemption. By reminding us of this, the screenwriter is reminding us that this moment, the moment of Christ’s death, is the moment when that hope of redemption becomes a reality.
By saying “yes”, not only did Mary accept the joys of being the Mother of Christ, but she also accepted the sorrows that came with it…including witnessing his suffering and his death. She did not run. She was there through it all. Before he died, Christ gave his mother to us. And she is with us through our joys and sorrows too.
Mary of Nazareth is a wonderful film for the whole family that beautifully tells the story of Christ through the eyes of his Mother. The film is a great meditation on the mysteries of the Rosary. And since October is the Month of the Rosary…what would be a better way to celebrate than to watch this film? We would like to help you do that! Thanks to the wonderful folks at Ignatius Press and Carmel Communications, we have a DVD of Mary of Nazareth to give away. Leave us a comment here or on this post on our facebook page by Thursday (October30th ) and we will randomly draw a name to receive this DVD as a special gift.
We are the final posting on this blog tour. Even after this blog tour has ended, please continue to spread the word of the Mary of Nazareth film.