Friday, February 16, 2024

JESUS OF NAZARETH - THE FILM

 

JESUS OF NAZARETH - Full Length Movie

In the entire history of mankind, there has never been a more controversial, admired and most talked about person other than Jesus Christ. So much has been written about this revered Holy Man who is so misunderstood despite the fact that He willingly offered His very own life on the Cross as a supreme sacrifice so that all of mankind may be saved.

For those who prefer watching movies rather than reading the Bible, I highly recommend that you see this great classic film in its entirety; as it will surely change your perspective of Jesus Christ. It has touched and inspired many of my friends including skeptics who have seen this movie many times over.

What better way to reflect on a meaningful Lenten season than to understand and appreciate this Holy Man as the only Son of God who had conquered death through His Resurrection.

In a person's lifetime, JESUS OF NAZARETH is one must see great movie on DVD, I enthusiastically encourage everyone to watch. The entire movie consists of a two (2) discs DVD with Disc 1 focusing on the origin and birth of Jesus and Disc 2 detailing His life, work, teachings and suffering. 

While each Disc is about three hours in viewing duration; but under the artistic masterpiece and superb direction of the multi-awarded Film Director Franco Zeffirelli; the entire story was so engrossing in its realistic presentation that the viewer intensely enjoys uninterrupted viewing; hardly noticing the duration time has passed by.

It was originally presented by Sir Lew Grade and produced by Franco Zeffirelli Productions in 1977 as a television mini-series televised as continuing episodes with a total running time of 6 Hours and 22 Minutes.

The powerhouse award winning casts boast of Hollywood's greatest actors during their production time which had included Robert Powell, Anne Bancroft, Ernest Borgnine, Valentina Cortese, James Farentino, James Earl Jones, Stacey Keach, Tony Lo Bianco, James Mason, Ian McShane, Sir Laurence Olivier, Donald Pleasance, Christopher Plummer, Anthony Quinn, Fernando Rey, Rod Steiger, Peter Ustinov, Michael York, and Olivia Hussey as the Blessed Mother Mary.

This magnificent classic is the greatest Jesus movie of all time and what never ceases to amaze me is the par excellance performance of Robert Powell as Jesus Christ. He actually looks and talks like Jesus.

Even Director Zeffirelli was so impressed at his outstanding performance; he noted that Robert Powell never blinked his eyes even in the delivery of his long parts, which to him was the mark of a great actor as it was the first time he has witnessed such.

The following review is an excerpt of my movie review of Jesus of Nazareth as featured in Amazon.com:

No doubt about it, this for me is the greatest film on the life and story of Jesus Christ. While the Passion of The Christ centers on the actual suffering and was graphically vivid for the excruciating pain our sins have inflicted on Jesus, the movie Jesus Of Nazareth focuses more on his teachings and the impact of His earthly presence among those who have come into actual contact with Jesus.

This timeless masterpiece is a creatively brilliant humanist portrayal of the divine virtues of Faith, Hope, Love and Humility as Jesus teaches us to emulate.

In various scenes within the movie, Jesus emphasizes the fact that "All who were fortunate enough to see what others dreamed to see and to hear what others longed to hear" refer to the fortunate crowd who have actually witnessed the teachings of Jesus in the flesh as compared to those who only read in the Holy Scriptures about the coming of the Messiah.

But the greatest irony of all was those who were indeed fortunate enough to witness Him in the flesh were even the ones who rejected His Holy Presence even questioning the selfless purpose of His foretold Divine Mission, were the very same religious leaders entrusted to preach the Scriptures.

Well fortunately for us all, Jesus of Nazareth is now on video and although I've probably seen this over a dozen times; it never ceases to amaze me that I always get a different perspective of spiritual enlightenment and contemplative appreciation of the same impressionable scenes every time I watch it during Lenten Season and Christmas.

Now as a video viewer, you have two choices. You can either embrace and come to love the film as strong as your faith in Jesus or you can reject it by pressing the eject button and stow the discs away in its protective jewel box.

Either way, it's worth one complete viewing which guarantees not only five star entertainment but an all star casts entertainment. This spectacular masterpiece film is always great no matter how many times one watches it; since the story is about the life of the greatest superstar of all time who ever walked the earth, none other than Jesus of Nazareth.



Tuesday, December 26, 2023

A CHLD IS BORN, A SON IS GIVEN

 


For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.  [John 3:16]




Monday, December 25, 2023

JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON

 


Give yourself the best gift this Christmas, Jesus is the reason for this Season. He is the one and only best gift ever! Because there is no true Christmas without Jesus in our hearts. 





Friday, November 3, 2023

GENERAL CONDITIONS OF PLENARY INDULGENCES

 



APOSTOLIC PENITENTIARY
THE GIFT OF THE INDULGENCE

The following "General remarks on Indulgences" from Gift of the Indulgence summarizes the usual conditions given in the Church's law (cf. Apostolic Penitentiary, Prot. N. 39/05/I):

This is how an indulgence is defined in the Code of Canon Law (can. 992) and in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (n. 1471): "An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains under certain prescribed conditions through the action of the Church which, as the minister of redemption, dispenses and applies with authority the treasury of the satisfactions of Christ and the saints".

In general, the gaining of indulgences requires certain prescribed conditions (below, nn. 3, 4), and the performance of certain prescribed works ... [in this case, those granted for the Feast of Mercy]

To gain indulgences, whether plenary or partial, it is necessary that the faithful be in the state of grace at least at the time the indulgenced work is completed.  [i.e. one must be a Catholic, not excommunicated or in schism.]

A Plenary Indulgence can be gained only once a day. In order to obtain it, the faithful must, in addition to being in the state of grace:
 
A)  have the interior disposition of complete detachment from sin, even venial sin;

B)  have sacramentally confessed their sins;

C)  receive the Holy Eucharist (it is certainly better to receive it while participating in Holy Mass, but for the indulgence only Holy Communion is required);

D)  pray for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff.

It is appropriate, but not necessary, that the sacramental Confession and especially Holy Communion and the prayer for the Pope's intentions take place on the same day that the indulgenced work is performed; but it is sufficient that these sacred rites and prayers be carried out within several days (about 20) before or after the indulgenced act. 

Prayer for the Pope's intentions is left to the choice of the faithful, but an "Our Father" a "Hail Mary", a "Glory Be" and an "Apostles Creed" are suggested. One sacramental Confession suffices for several plenary indulgences, but a separate Holy Communion and a separate prayer for the Holy Father's intentions are required for each plenary indulgence.

For the sake of those legitimately impeded, confessors can commute both the work prescribed and the conditions required (except, obviously, detachment from even venial sin).

Indulgences can always be applied either to oneself or to the souls of the deceased, but they cannot be applied to other persons living on earth.

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Wednesday, November 1, 2023

OFFER THE GIFT OF PLENARY INDULGENCE FOR THE SOULS IN PURGATORY

 

It's that time of the year when we visit our departed relatives in their resting place. It's also an opportune time to gain Plenary Indulgences which can be offered to our departed loved ones so that they are lifted from Purgatory and into Heaven, their final destination.

Praying for the poor souls in purgatory is so important! The Church dedicates November to the holy souls in Purgatory. She encourages the faithful to offer prayers, indulgences, works of penance, and/or almsgiving for these suffering souls who cannot help themselves.

How You Can Offer a Plenary Indulgence for the Souls in Purgatory from November 1 till November 8. Every November, the Church gives the faithful the opportunity to offer a plenary indulgence for the souls in purgatory.

This means we can release souls from their temporal punishment in purgatory so they can immediately go to heaven!

You can offer one year-round, but the Church recognizes this specific plenary indulgence from Nov. 1-8. This method is a partial indulgence any other time during the year.

It is possible for the person offering the indulgence to release one soul from purgatory per day during this time period.

Steps to Obtain a Plenary Indulgence for Souls in Purgatory:

1.  Pray at a cemetery

It doesn’t matter which cemetery, as long as you pray at one. Some suggested prayers are the Prayer of St. Gertrude or the Eternal Rest prayer.

2.  Visit a Church on All Souls' Day (Nov. 2)

According to The Manual of Indulgences, fourth edition, 1999, "On All Souls’ Day (or, according to the judgment of the ordinary, on the Sunday preceding or following it, or on the solemnity of All Saints), devoutly visit a church or an oratory and recite an Our Father and the Creed."

3.  Go to Confession

Receive the Sacrament of Confession. In order for one to obtain a Plenary Indulgence, whether it be for the poor souls or for oneself, the person working to obtain it must be detached from all sin. If the soul is not detached, a partial indulgence will be applied. (You only have to go to Confession once during this time period)

4.  Receive Holy Communion

Simple as that! (Just please do it in the state of grace!)

5.  Pray for the Pope

The Church suggests praying one "Our Father" and one “Hail Mary” for the Holy Father.

Additional Requirements for Indulgences

The Church asks that if possible, “the sacramental Confession, and especially Holy Communion and the prayer for the Pope’s intentions take place on the same day that the indulgenced work is performed.”

However, since this is not always possible, one must perform the above within approximately 20 days before or after praying at a cemetery.

If you wish to gain more than one Plenary Indulgence for the poor souls in purgatory, you must receive Communion, visit a cemetery, and pray for the Pope each time you wish to grant the Plenary Indulgence. 

This must take place between Nov. 1-8. Only one confession is required for all indulgences, as long as the other requirements are fulfilled.





Sunday, April 2, 2023

WHY JESUS RODE ON A DONKEY

 

Jesus rode on a donkey on Palm Sunday to fulfill an ancient prophecy and to show what kind of King he was. The donkey symbolizes His peaceful coming, He is coming to seek and to save the lost. He is coming as the Sacrificial Lamb, to atone for our sins.





SIGNIFICANCE OF THE PALM BRANCHES

 

The blessing of the Palms celebrates the triumphal entry of Christ into Jerusalem, which becomes the prelude to the Passion and other events of Holy Week.

The Palm Sunday Mass itself is therefore focused entirely on the Passion. The palms should be taken home, where they will serve as a reminder of the victory of Christ, which they celebrated in the procession. (PS 29).




WHY THE LITURGY BEGINS WITH A PROCESSION

 

The commemoration of the entrance of the Lord into Jerusalem has, according to ancient custom, been celebrated with a solemn procession, in which the faithful in song and gesture imitate the Hebrew children who went to meet the Lord, singing 'Hosanna'.


The Procession may take place only once, before the Mass that has the largest attendance, even of this should be in the evening of Saturday or Sunday.



PALM SUNDAY OF THE LORD'S PASSION