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Christmas


Visual Bible: Matthew--Part 2 (JH, HS, ADULT)
The time is approximately 62 A.D. The apostle Matthew recounts the events he witnessed as a young man. From the Birth of Jesus through Calvary, the timeless story unfolds in the actual words of Scripture. This video covers chapter 9:2 to chapter 14:36--Jesus' ministry unfolds with miracles and parables, increasing conflict with religious leaders, training of His disciples, feeding of 5,000, Jesus walks on the water, and Peter's impulsive reaction.

Visual Bible: Matthew--Part 3 (JH, HS, ADULT)
The time is approximately 62 A.D. The apostle Matthew recounts the events he witnessed as a young man. From the Birth of Jesus through Calvary, the timeless story unfolds in the actual words of Scripture. This video covers chapter 15:1 to chapter 23:39--Jesus continues to heal and teach his message of loving service to others; prediction of His death, His transfiguration, cleansing of the Temple, and weeping over Jesusalem.

Visual Bible: Matthew--Part 4 (JH, HS, ADULT)
The time is approximately 62 A.D. The apostle Matthew recounts the events he witnessed as a young man. From the Birth of Jesus through Calvary, the timeless story unfolds in the actual words of Scripture. This video covers chapter 24:1 to chapter 28:20--conflict with religious establishment deepens, Jesus' final hours unfold: Last Supper, Agony in the Garden, Judas' betrayal, Peter's denial, trial before Pilate, death at Golgotha, glorious resurrection, last command and promise…"surely I am with you always to the very end of the age."

Advent & Christmas Journey: Hope in the Darkness (ADULT)
In this video, Michael Himes gives us profound insights to ponder in a "light" time of year. We live with the anxiety that we will someday come to an end. We are creatures of time, and God is timeless. We look for the timeless One, God, to speak to us. And that is why we are constantly restless. Nothing on this earth ultimately satisfies us. We wait, and hope, for God. Advent is only one month, but as Christians we are always in Advent. Himes delves into the deep issues of what it means to be a human being and what it means to live in time, time that is constantly "slippiing away."

Advent & Christmas Journey: The Second Coming Is Now (ADULT)
In this video, Michael Himes talks about the second coming of Christ--a major theme in Advent and a topic of much discussion in American culture. Himes tells us that the coming of the Kingdom of God is not predictable but takes us by surprise. The Kingdom is constantly, relentlessly coming upon us in ordinary ways. We don't see it because it is always developing and happening within our very lives. In an inspirational presentation that is true to the Scriptures, Himes shows us that the Kingdom of God is among us now, reconciling all people with the living God.

Advent & Christmas Journey: Threatened by Grace (ADULT)
The third week of Advent deals with the Last Judgment. Father Michael Himes explores what the Last Judgment might mean by looking at what the "world" means in the Scriptures. Sometimes the world is seen as "good" but in other passages it is seen as the enemy of God. Himes invites us to live in this tension and see the world as in transition. The Last Judgment will not mean the annihilation of the world--it will mean its transformation. Like the transformed risen Jesus, the world will be recognizable but different--the same world changed.

Advent & Christmas Journey: Prophets: John, Mary, Joseph (ADULT)
Prophets live in expectation of something new. That is why they play such a prominent role in Advent. Something new is about to happen--the Savior will be born and that will change everything. With humor and wisdom, Father Michael Himes looks at Old Testament prophets like Isaiah and three of the key New Testament figures of Advent--John the Baptist, Mary and Joseph--and shows how they inspire and challenge us today.

Advent & Christmas Journey: The Eternal Giving of God (ADULT)
How can we say anything new Christmas? Michael Himes offers a Christmas bouquet of new insights into the feast day. He looks at the early chruch controversies concerning the diviity and humanity of Christ. He connects Christmas and Easter: God gives life where life could not possibly exist--in a virgin womb and an empty tomb. Christmas is a season of generosity. Himes asks us not to reject the secularization of Christmas, but to reinterpret it. Finally Himes talks about what Christmas tells us about the Trinity.

Behold This Child (ADULT)
Behold This Child offers a look behind the Christmas Story by presenting contemporary Scripture scholarship concerning the birth of Christ. The program is divided into four segments: The Christmas Story: An Introduction (10 min); The Promise Fulfilled: The Annunciation Stories (11 min); And It Came To Pass: The Birth of the Messiah (10 min); What Child Is This?: The Messiah Is Recognized (12 min).

First Christmas Crib (Family)
This video program-suitable for viewing by all ages-tells the story of Francis and the first Christmas crib by means of a simple narration, illustrated by still scenes featuring handmade figures. The program is introduced by Franciscan writer and poet Murray Bodo. After the story, a musical reflection, illustrated with Nativity scenes from around the world, captures the multi-cultural appeal of the Christmas crib. Father Murray returns to pray a blessing, appropriate for use as the Christmas crib is being set up in a family, school, or parish.

Fourth Wise Man, The (JH, HS, Adult)
Based on Henry VanDyke's classic, "The Story of the Other Wise Man," a fictional story set in Biblical times, told in gently comic terms. It concerns a Magi named Artaban (Martin Sheen) who studies the prophecies and witnesses a sign in the heavens that he hopes will lead him and his servant, Orantes (Alan Arkin), to the Messiah. Artaban takes with him 3 precious gifts to present to the Messiah. For 33 years, Artaban and Orantes persue Jesus, only to miss him at every turn. Along the way, Artaban uses his gifts to help people in dire need. He now has nothing to present to the Messiah when he finds Him. The story culminates on Easter Sunday as Artaban, old and dying, finally encounters the new King, bringing peace to final moments of life.

Beginner's Bible: The Story of the Nativity (PK, Emementary Grades 1-2)
Relive the miraculous events surrounding the very first Christmas as Mary receivesa a heavenly visitor--and learns that she, of all women, has been chosen to be the mother of God's son on Earth. Then, travel with Mary and Joseph to a lowly manger in Bethlehem, and marvel at the fulfillment of God's promise to His people as a heavenly host of angels proclaims the joyful news: Jesus Christ is born!

Jesus Comes (Life of Jesus set) (K-3, Family)
(Advent, Christmas, Early Life) By the way he lived and the words he spoke, Jesus showed us how to live as friends with him and one another. In this video, we walk through Advent, Christmas, and Jesus' early life discoving the wonderful joy Christ's birth brings. This video offers chidlren a picture of Jesus that informs, challenges, and excites.

Christmas at St. Anna's (All)
Recorded by the children's choir of St. Anna's Parish, Summit, NY. 11 songs

Clay Classics: The First Christmas and Other Stories (Children)
"The First Christmas": a reverent retelling of the Nativity story, as Mary and Joseph make a long journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem. Brought o life with the uniquely textured realism offered by stop-motion animation, and scored with a selection of classic Christmas carols, this is holiday treat for every family. "The Chimes": A heartwarming Charles Dickens tale about Toby Veck, a poor porter who takes special joy at the sound of bells. With so much misfortune surrounding him, Toby feels he had "no business being born," but the chimes speak to him in a dream, offering a message of new hope for the new year. "A Christmas Gift" : a claymation version of the Peter, Paul, and Mary ballad "Christmas Dinner".

The Nativity Story (Family)
Powerful, timeless, and visually magnificent, The Nativity Story is a "beautiful telling of one of the world's most familiar stories." It was the cruelest of times. Under Herod's tortuous reign, families struggled to survive and yet, in the midst of utter turmoil, a young woman's faith was put to the test. Join Mary and Joseph on an incredible journey of hope and discovery. Epic in its scope, yet intimate in its portrayal of this historical family, this film is "a family feature that will be cherished for years to come."

Advent Calendar on DVD: A Christmas Countdown for December (Family)
Learn where such Christmas features as the wreath, mistletoe, candy cane, Christmas trees, gift-giving and the 12 days of Christmas all came from. And you find out the stories behind Santa Claus, Rudolph, the Nutcracker, the Christmas Angels, Handel's Messiah, and the Fourth Wise Man. Contains 25 mini-documentaries (each between 3 and 4 minutes) that take viewers on an entertaining yet informative journey through the Advent season.

Advent Calendar on DVD 2: Christmas Carols Edition (Family)
Here are 25 brief reflections on treasured songs and carols for the entire family to enjoy during Advent. Explore the wonders of Bethlehem revealed in these stories and enjoy new arrangements of traditional Christmas favorites by award-winning composer Stephen Bias.

The Gift of the Magi (General)
O'Henry's short story is a wonderful, romantic tale of a young married couple who have little money to buy each other Christmas presents. And so she cuts off and sells her beautiful hair… In this story, we have the simplicity of concept, the irony of circumstance, and the charming surprise at the end.


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Audience Codes: PK = Preschool, EL = Elementary, JH = Junior High, HS = HighSchool, Adult


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