Experience "Messiah" in Your Home, Classroom, or Parish

"Messiah" by Lisa M. Hendey (CatholicMom.com)

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Last weekend’s Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross is the perfect day to share the good news about an upcoming documentary project that offers the potential to dramatically impact our relationship with Jesus Christ.

MESSIAH is an eight-part documentary series which thoughtfully explores how the prophecies of the Old Testament are ultimately fulfilled in Christ and the Church. As the film’s site explains:

Messiah is an exploration of the messianic prophecies of the Bible and how they were fulfilled by Jesus – both during his earthly life, and after it. Filmed at nearly 30 locations in the United States, the Holy Land, and Rome, Messiah’s eight episodes feature live-action narration supplemented with expert commentary, dramatic voice acting, hundreds of classic artworks, and nearly two dozen songs, orchestral performances and hymns. The locations, artworks, and ensemble cast illuminate the large span of history covered by Messiah — nearly two thousand years, from the Exodus, to the Passion, to the Fall of Rome.

MESSIAH is the dream of Executive Producer Rick Rotondi and is voiced by a talented team including host Leonardo Defilippis and experts Gail Buckley Barringer, Phillip Campbell, Dr. Mary Healy, Fr. John O’Brien, SJ, and Roy Schoeman. As viewers, we are transported to over thirty filming locations, including the Holy Land and Rome. Together with the films host and experts, we travel to Nazareth, the Western Wall, the Upper Room, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the Colosseum, St. Peter’s Basilica and other sites of import to the Salvation story.

“Messiah is addressed to a broad audience. I’m Catholic, and the seed for Messiah was planted during a general audience in St. Peter’s Square. But Messiah is essentially a Bible study addressed to all Christians. More, I hope it speaks to seekers and skeptics, so they might have a Road to Emmaus experience too,” shares Rick Rotondi. “One of the themes of Messiah is the reality expressed by Daniel 7:14: All peoples, nations, and languages will serve him. That’s a prophecy that’s fulfilled within history. But it’s not always apparent. In our own little corners of the world, it can be lonely to be a Christian. Secular culture pushes faith to the margins, treating it as something small, idiosyncratic, a hobby. Messiah shows — through its selection of experts, artists, locations, hymns — how false that impression is.”

The project is presented over four hours in eight thirty-minute episodes which are intended for audiences twelve and up. It is currently available for personal viewing On-Demand (at Vimeo or Christian Cinema) and will soon be coming to Amazon Prime. Schools and parishes can learn more about how to present public screenings of the film here.

In an age when “binge-watching” is a thing, how wonderful is it that we can enjoy quality film projects that help deepen our knowledge of Sacred Scripture and our personal relationship with Christ? Combining accessible scholarly witness with stunning locations, dramatic works of art and a wonderful score, MESSIAH invites each of us to consider the promises God has delivered and all that is yet in store for us as persons of faith and hope.

Learn more about MESSIAH at SeeMessiah.com.

Copyright 2019 Lisa M. Hendey


About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com 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 www.LisaHendey.com for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

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