Ascension of the Lord (C)

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GOSPEL COMMENTARYCHURCH FATHERSART & FILMSTUDY QUESTIONS

FEATURED FILMS

1950’s

The Robe (1953)
(Henry Koster)
The Ten Command-
ments
(1956)
(Cecil B. DeMille)

 

1960’s

King of Kings (1961)
(Nicholas Ray)
The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)
(George Stevens, David Lean, Jean Negulesco)

 

1970’s

Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)
(Norman Jewison)
Godspell: A Musical Based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew (1973)
(David Greene)
Jesus of Nazareth (1977)
(Franco Zeffirelli)

 

1980’s

The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)
(Martin Scorsese)

 

1990’s

The Visual Bible: Matthew (1993)
(Regardt van den Bergh)
Jesus (1999)
(Roger Young)

 

2000’s

The Visual Bible: The Gospel of John (2003)
(Philip Saville)
The Passion of the Christ (2004)
(Mel Gibson)
The Nativity Story (2006)
(Catherine Hardwicke)
The Messiah (2007)
(Nader Talebzadeh)
The Passion (2008)

 

2010’s

The Bible (2013)
Risen (2016)
(Kevin Reynolds)
Ben Hur (2016)
Mary Magdalene (2018)
(Garth Davis)
Paul, Apostle of Christ (2018)
(Andrew Hyatt)

 

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The Good Shepherd

Ascension Catholic Church, Oak Park, IL
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Italio-Romanesque, designed by Meyer & Cook, 1929 Sculpture: Jesus Ascending to Heaven


SALVADOR DALI, 1958
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Song

PHIL WICKHAM
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Poetry & Prose

ASCENSION DAY

“A Cloud received Him out of their sight.”

When Christ went up to Heaven the Apostles stayed
Gazing at Heaven with souls and wills on fire,
Their hearts on flight along the track He made,
Winged by desire.

Their silence spake: “Lord, why not follow Thee?
Home is not home without Thy Blessed Face,
Life is not life. Remember, Lord, and see,
Look back, embrace.

“Earth is one desert waste of banishment,
Life is one long-drawn anguish of decay.
Where Thou wert wont to go we also went:
Why not today?”

Nevertheless a cloud cut off their gaze:
They tarry to build up Jerusalem,
Watching for Him, while thro’ the appointed days
He watches them.

They do His Will, and doing it rejoice,
Patiently glad to spend and to be spent:
Still He speaks to them, still they hear His Voice
And are content.

For as a cloud received Him from their sight,
So with a cloud will He return ere long:
Therefore they stand on guard by day, by night,
Strenuous and strong.

They do, they dare, they beyond seven times seven
Forgive, they cry God’s mighty word aloud:
Yet sometimes haply lift tired eyes to Heaven–
“Is that His cloud?”

Movies & Film

A.D. The Bible Continues
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RISEN
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The Robe (1953)

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Calm and relaxing scene from a 1953 historical epic film ”The Robe”, in which a paralytic woman Miriam (played by Betta St. John) sings a song about the resurrection of Jesus. The title of the song is ”The Resurrection” and it is originally sung by Carole Richards.

The Robe Drama | December 4, 1953 (France) Summary: In the Roman province of Judea during the 1st century, Roman tribune Marcellus Gallio is ordered to crucify Jesus of Nazareth but is tormented by his guilty conscience afterwards.
Countries: United StatesLanguages: English

The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)

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The Greatest Story Ever Told – Jesus Is Resurrected: When Jesus (Max von Sydow) is resurrected from his tomb, he reminds his people that he is always with them and to love one another.

The Greatest Story Ever Told Biography, Drama, History | April 9, 1965 (United Kingdom) Summary: An all-star, large scale epic movie that chronicles the life and ministry of Jesus Christ.
Countries: United StatesLanguages: English

Jesus of Nazareth (1977)

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Jesus of Nazareth Biography, Drama, History | April 3, 1977 (United States) Summary: Beginning before the Nativity and extending through the Crucifixion and Resurrection, this mini-series brings to life all of the sweeping drama in the life of Jesus, as told by the Gospels.
Countries: Italy, United KingdomLanguages: English, Syriac

The Life of Jesus (2011)

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The Life of Jesus Christ Drama | December 25, 2011 (United States) Summary:
Countries: United StatesLanguages: English

A.D. – The Bible Continues (2015)

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A.D. The Bible Continues Drama | April 5, 2015 (United States) Summary: Follows the book of ACTS. Shows the complete message of Christ and the transformation of Saul to Paul and how the high priest of Judea does not believe in what has taken place after the Cruc... Read all
Countries: United StatesLanguages: English

Risen (2016)

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Risen Action, Drama, History, Mystery | February 19, 2016 (United States) Summary: In 33 AD, a Roman Tribune in Judea is tasked to find the missing body of Jesus Christ, who rose from the dead.
Countries: United StatesLanguages: English

Featured Animation

Superbook

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Contemporary Adaptations

Godspell (1973)

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Godspell Comedy, Drama, Musical | May 31, 1973 (United Kingdom) Summary: An adaption of the musical, in a modern-day song-and-dance recreation of the Gospel of St. Matthew.
Countries: United StatesLanguages: English, Hebrew, Spanish

Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)

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Jesus Christ Superstar Drama, History, Musical | August 15, 1973 (United States) Summary:
Countries: United StatesLanguages: English

Bible Themes in Movies

Silence (2016)

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MOVIECLIPS (2016) – Crucifixion by the Sea scene; Catholics in Japan are martyred for their faith.
Silence Drama, History | January 13, 2017 (United States) Summary: In the 17th century, two Portuguese Jesuit priests travel to Japan in an attempt to locate their mentor, who is rumored to have committed apostasy, and to propagate Catholicism.
Countries: United States, United Kingdom, Taiwan, Japan, Mexico, ItalyLanguages: English, Japanese, Latin
DISCLAIMER: Although great lengths are made to NOT present artwork and films in poor taste, there is considerable variance on what may be deemed appropriate. Some prefer literal interpretations of bible scenes, others more abstract. While viewing the selections in this section, you may resonate more with some than others. Use your own judgement in showing/discussing content with others. A depiction of a bible event or scene might be liked by one participant, but disliked by another. In both cases, the art/film is likely to trigger personal experiences. Therefore,  it may be helpful to also be familiar with the variety of discussion questions related to each week’s readings. 
DISCLAIMER: Although great lengths are made to NOT present artwork and films in poor taste, there is considerable variance on what may be deemed appropriate. Some prefer literal interpretations of bible scenes, others more abstract. While viewing the selections in this section, you may resonate more with some than others. Use your own judgement in showing/discussing content with others. Since art/film may trigger personal experiences,  it may be helpful to also be familiar with the variety of discussion questions related to each week’s readings.