Mary of Nazareth Blog Tour/Rosary Crawl: The Carrying of the Cross


We are pleased to be a part of the “MARY of NAZARETH” Blog Tour/Rosary Crawl, along with many other inspiring bloggers. To learn more, visit the Rosary Crawl itinerary here.

Alissa Jung as Mary in "Mary of Nazareth"

Alissa Jung as Mary in “Mary of Nazareth”

I remember the night I sat in a movie theater and participated as a sold out audience watched a premier of the film Mary of Nazareth. Seated next to me in the theater that night was the talented actress Alissa Jung, who portrays the Blessed Virgin Mary in the film. I had interviewed Alissa earlier in the day, asking her all about the experience of portraying Mary. I also vividly recall glancing to my side as we sat watching the movie together, interested in seeing how Alissa reacted there in the theater during the most excruciatingly challenging parts of the film. Alissa is obviously not Mary, but I can only imagine what it must be like for any woman — any mother — to so fully interact with the emotions of the Blessed Mother.

One of the times I most felt the emotion of a mother’s pure love and grief that night (and in the times I’ve watched the film since then) was during the scenes depicting the Way of the Cross. A few years ago, on my trip to Israel, I had prayed along the Via Dolorosa. To view Mary of Nazareth is to step back onto the Way and to again unite myself to Christ’s carrying of the cross, as we see depicted in this scene from the film:

If you watch this clip with a mother’s eyes and heart, you will sense Mary’s heart-wrenching grief as she (portrayed by Alissa) kneels to caress the blood of her beloved son, our beloved savior. We meditate upon this love as we pray together the Fourth Sorrowful Mystery:

Fourth Sorrowful Mystery: The carrying of the cross.

“And they compelled a passer-by, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to carry his cross. And they brought him to the place called Golgotha (which means the place of a skull)” (Mk 15:21-22).

“By accepting in his human will that the Father’s will be done, he accepts his death as redemptive, for ‘he himself bore our sins in his body on the tree’ (1Pt 2:24)” (CCC, 612).

Our Father, 10 Hail Marys (contemplating the mystery), Glory be to the Father.

MON_DVD.inddMost certainly, a tool such as Mary of Nazareth has the potential to draw us into a closer encounter with our Lord Jesus Christ through the love of his Blessed Mother if we pair our viewing of the film with a sincere posture and attitude of loving prayer.

Burdened by the weight of our sins — my sins — Christ carried his cross. Perfect in her love for both her son and us — her spiritual sons and daughters — Mary remained by his side.

Through her, we lift our prayers to a God who loves us beyond our wildest imagination.

Through him, with him, and in him, we experience the fullness of life, love and redemption. encourages you to check out tomorrow’s clip at Catholic Fire blog. Jean Heimann will bring us the “Miracle at Cana”.

Mary of Nazareth is now available for you to enjoy on DVD in your own home.


About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.


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  2. michael joseph on

    Does Alissa Jung have a website? I’m trying to book her to come to New Orleans for a dvd/book signing.

    Michael Joseph

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