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New Film Puts Christ Back into Christmas
Crisis Magazine ^ | November 22, 2013 | Anita Crane

Posted on 11/22/2013 4:13:51 AM PST by NYer

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Above all, Christmas is about celebrating the birthday of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. While many Christians try to faithfully rejoice, the holidays can be tinged with sorrow for any number of reasons, especially loneliness. Today, however, a sweet uplifting movie premiers. “The Christmas Candle” opens November 22 in hundreds of theaters across the U.S.A., hundreds more in the United Kingdom and still more in Australia and New Zealand. It is distributed by EchoLight Studios of Dallas, whose CEO is the Catholic former U.S. senator and presidential candidate Rick Santorum. The film is well made, Catholic singer Susan Boyle triumphs in her big-screen debut, and Mr. Santorum spoke to Crisis Magazine about what makes this movie unique.

“It’s a Christmas movie about the real meaning of Christmas: which is ‘Christ with us’ and I can’t think of a single Christmas movie, other than a biblical nativity movie, that has that message—which is stunning in just saying it,” said Santorum.

Some of my favorite Christmas movies are “A Christmas Carol,” “It’s a Wonderful Life,” and the comedy “Trapped in Paradise.” But like Santorum, I couldn’t think of a single Christmas classic that centers on the birth of Jesus the Savior, true God and true man.

“It’s stunning that there’s not one single movie [set] in post-biblical times depicting the struggles that people have, the importance of faith and the miracle of Christ with us,” Santorum added.

“The Christmas Candle” is based on a bestselling novel by author and Evangelical pastor Max Lucado, a longtime friend of Santorum. It takes place in 1890 England, as businessmen are striving to shed light on society with electricity.

In the opening scenes, we meet Rev. David Richmond (Hans Matheson), who is clad in a Salvation Army uniform on the gritty streets of London. As he is feeding the poor, two women beg for his attention.

One is Lady Camdon (Barbara Flynn), who knows the power of his preaching. She asks the minister to return to his roots and become the new Anglican pastor in small-town Gladbury. The other is a homeless young woman with child, who is about to give birth. Without prejudice, Rev. Richmond finds shelter and help for the abandoned young mother; then he leaves London for Gladbury.

On his way, Richmond rescues Emily Bastow (Samantha Barks), a skeptical damsel in distress, and when he gets to Gladbury, everyone is abuzz about the legendary Christmas candle as she had warned.

McCoy & ManvilleEdward Haddington (Sylvester McCoy) is the town and parish candlemaker. Generations ago, an angel visited his ancestors to bless a candle and grant a Christmas miracle. Every 25 years, the angel returns to the Haddington candle shop, he blesses a candle and it is the candlemaker’s solemn duty to get that candle to a worthy person. This year, as many villagers suffer some sort of poverty or illness, the angel does not disappoint. Edward and his wife (Lesley Manville), hoping for the return of their long lost son, arise from their chairs with excitement, but they topple all the candles and no longer know which is the miraculous one.

With faith in the Gospel and the person of Christ, Rev. Richmond goes about town ministering to the ailing, he shows the villagers how to love their neighbors with corporal acts of mercy, but he scoffs at the idea of nineteenth century miracles. Now the good pastor is determined to bring Gladbury out of the dark ages by installing electrical lights in their parish.

Meanwhile, the Haddingtons are handing out all their candles, urging their neighbors to light them and pray for the miracles of their hearts’ desires.

Santorum and the filmmakers hope that their new film will become a Christmas classic. He praises Lucado for faithfully representing traditions of a religion other than his own. He also sees “The Christmas Candle” as ecumenical, a way to unite all Christians, and I don’t disagree. Considering that many Protestants ridicule the Catholic tradition of making pilgrimages to pray before lit candles, the very essence of the story is surprising.

“The wonderful thing about this movie is that it’s written by an Evangelical pastor, but it is about a liturgical church and I think it’s very, very respectful of that tradition,” explained Santorum.

“You’ve seen the lighting of every candle on the Advent wreath throughout the course of this movie. And the points made in the movie—it’s a wonderful thing because it’s sort of ‘Mere Christianity,’ if you will, which I think is a wonderful place to be at Christmastime—areas that unite Christians in the faith.”

Moviegoers will enjoy the realistic sets, costumes, dialogue and acting, along with gorgeous cinematography. “The Christmas Candle” is directed by John Stephenson, Tim Atack wrote the beautiful soundtrack and Susan Boyle, who plays Mrs. Hopewell, is a loveable delight as both singer and actress.

Will the filmmakers’ dream come true? Will “The Christmas Candle” become a classic? Only time will tell.

My favorite lessons in the film are about the fundamental virtue of humility and loving our neighbors as Christ loves us. As a Catholic, it reminds me to keep the Lord Himself company in Eucharistic adoration, but also to celebrate Him with someone who is neglected. Now, as so many of our family and friends suffer anxiety or loneliness, why not treat someone to this movie and a cup of Christmas cheer?

“The Christmas Candle” is rated PG and theater listings are online at TheChristmasCandleMovie.com.

Click here to watch the trailer.



TOPICS: Current Events; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: christmas; christmasmovie; cinema; movie

1 posted on 11/22/2013 4:13:51 AM PST by NYer
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To: Tax-chick; GregB; Berlin_Freeper; SumProVita; narses; bboop; SevenofNine; Ronaldus Magnus; tiki; ...

Ping!


2 posted on 11/22/2013 4:14:17 AM PST by NYer ("The wise man is the one who can save his soul. - St. Nimatullah Al-Hardini)
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To: NYer
For those Doctor Who fans Sylvester McCoy was the seventh Doctor.

CC

3 posted on 11/22/2013 4:20:38 AM PST by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: NYer
New Film Puts Christ Back into Christmas the Week Before Thanksgiving.

Whatever. Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

4 posted on 11/22/2013 4:28:08 AM PST by Tax-chick (It's like everyone has Attention Deficit Disorder, except for me.)
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To: NYer

I think I like the story line.


5 posted on 11/22/2013 4:29:10 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: knarf

More good news first thing in the AM. Thanks for sharing this.


6 posted on 11/22/2013 4:43:19 AM PST by DaveA37
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To: knarf; left that other site; LucyT; thouworm; Salvation; fatima; ConorMacNessa; All

I think this is an extraordinary and marvelous endeavor by Rick Santorum and I hope it moves spirits and uplifts souls in its wake.
I am Jewish, but faith is the tie that binds us all and I wish more people felt that way. The miracles in our everyday, seemingly mundane lives often go without notice because of the heartaches and troubles we experience along the way.
My fervent prayer is that we realize and understand that we are never alone, even in our darkest hours, and that we rise and give thanks to the Lord for every breath we take, every child who lives to see a new sunrise, and for the great love that has been offered to us if only we choose to accept it.
Congratulations to Rick and I hope this Christmas card he sent us is seen by as many people as possible. We so desperately need G-d in our lives again. Maybe this will help some to realize it.
I watched the trailer, but the scenes went by too fast to really get any serious understanding of the movie...and that is probably my only complaint. G-dspeed, Rick.


7 posted on 11/22/2013 5:02:37 AM PST by MestaMachine (My caps work. You gotta earn them.)
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To: MestaMachine

Amen, my FRiend.


8 posted on 11/22/2013 5:13:29 AM PST by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: Excellence

srbfl


9 posted on 11/22/2013 5:16:24 AM PST by Excellence (All your database are belong to us.)
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To: NYer

Can we put Christ in the already forming “Black Friday” sales lines?
Seems no one gets it anymore....


10 posted on 11/22/2013 5:55:40 AM PST by matginzac
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To: NYer

Looks delightful, but there is not a single MD theater carrying. The closest theater for me is about 90 miles away, but I am not venturing into Philthadelphia.


11 posted on 11/22/2013 5:58:27 AM PST by Bigg Red (Let me hear what God the LORD will speak. -Ps85)
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To: MestaMachine

Amen and amen and amen! Lovely, lovely post.


12 posted on 11/22/2013 6:01:12 AM PST by Bigg Red (Let me hear what God the LORD will speak. -Ps85)
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To: NYer

I saw Santorum on Colbert yesterday. Part of the plot is that every 25 years, an angel comes to Earth to award one family in a particular town a miracle if they recite a certain prayer. That’s all I needed to hear. Sheesh! talk about making God a servant to man. ugh


13 posted on 11/22/2013 6:05:21 AM PST by InvisibleChurch (http://thegatwickview.tumblr.com/ http://thepurginglutheran.tumblr.com/)
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To: NYer

Nice cast with talented British character actors/actresses. I noticed some names from previous Period Pieces I watched. Although the one problem is this movies seems something more fitting for Lifetime or Hallmark channel than a movie theater. Ms. Marks look rather fetching in Edwardian clothes.:)


14 posted on 11/22/2013 6:34:57 AM PST by C19fan
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To: NYer

Looks like a good book to read.


15 posted on 11/22/2013 6:35:05 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: matginzac

16 posted on 11/22/2013 6:36:23 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: MestaMachine
My fervent prayer is that we realize and understand that we are never alone, even in our darkest hours, and that we rise and give thanks to the Lord for every breath we take, every child who lives to see a new sunrise, and for the great love that has been offered to us if only we choose to accept it.

Beautifully expressed!!

17 posted on 11/22/2013 6:41:38 AM PST by NYer ("The wise man is the one who can save his soul. - St. Nimatullah Al-Hardini)
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To: InvisibleChurch

I take it then that you never pray the Lord’s Prayer.


18 posted on 11/22/2013 7:31:09 AM PST by nanetteclaret (Unreconstructed "Elderly Kooky Type" Catholic Texan)
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To: InvisibleChurch

John 13:1-17 (New International Version)

Jesus Washes His Disciples’ Feet

13 It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.

2 The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. 3 Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.


19 posted on 11/22/2013 8:19:24 AM PST by choirboy
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To: NYer

OH NYER I read the book I hope the movie is good as the book

Actually TBN have thingy with month ago talk about it

Matt Crouch score the movie for TBN Holy Land experience


20 posted on 11/22/2013 8:40:13 AM PST by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: NYer
The Thorne family will be going to see this film tomorrow. I have no idea if it will be good, but we want to support an actual Christian-themed movie during the Christmas season.

I'm sure many FReepers will blow $10 on something useless over the holidays. Why not use that money to support the message that Christ is Emmanuel - God with us?

21 posted on 11/22/2013 11:24:37 AM PST by Dr. Thorne ("How long, O Lord, holy and true?" - Rev. 6:10)
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To: nanetteclaret; InvisibleChurch
I take it then that you never pray the Lord’s Prayer.

This is a personal peeve of mine. Ever read the Lord's Prayer in context with the verses before it? Matthew 6:7-13

"But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen."

22 posted on 11/22/2013 11:38:11 AM PST by Hoffer Rand (There ARE two Americas: "God's children" and the tax payers)
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To: choirboy; nanetteclaret

poorly worded, my mistake . just saying that many people want God to be a vending machine. I pray = God better do what I want


23 posted on 11/22/2013 12:27:52 PM PST by InvisibleChurch (http://thegatwickview.tumblr.com/ http://thepurginglutheran.tumblr.com/)
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To: Hoffer Rand

It’s the “vain” part, not the “repetitions” part that Our Lord was admonishing against. Otherwise, Psalm 136 would not be in the Bible, because the phrase “for His mercy endureth forever” is repeated 27 times - as the second half of each verse.


24 posted on 11/22/2013 12:37:18 PM PST by nanetteclaret (Unreconstructed "Elderly Kooky Type" Catholic Texan)
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To: Hoffer Rand
If you can forgive my interruption here; I think I see what you mean.

Not to be in the least, attempting "corrective", but as shortcut to how I understand it, and what it was you were seeking to convey, if the words;

had been underlined also, that could relate nicely with what else was underlined.

Meaning...we might be much on the same page?

..Though it's ok, too, I'll dare to venture, to recite the prayer as a re-instructive reminder to ourselves as to the manner we should pray, possibly leaving all as well when that prayer be corporately recited, as whichever concerns be then present within individuals, can possibly then be better led to being made subject to the provisions, as to what manner those concerns be best framed within an individual seeking to approach the throne.

It's about what our posture before Him is best, to put it more simply. (?)

25 posted on 11/22/2013 12:52:15 PM PST by BlueDragon (the Viking Kitteh hazing rituals will continue until moral improves)
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To: MestaMachine; stylecouncilor

This OT believer agrees. I will go see this.

Shalom.


26 posted on 11/24/2013 8:39:32 AM PST by onedoug
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