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North Platte parish promoting ‘Mary of Nazareth’ movie

NORTH PLATTE (SNR) - “Mary of Nazareth,” the first major motion picture on the remarkable life of Mary, mother of Christ, from her childhood through the Resurrection of Jesus, will be shown at the Carmike 6 theater, The Mall, 1000 S. Dewey St., North Platte.

The movie will be shown Sunday, March 23 at 4 p.m., Tuesday, March 25 at 5:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 30 at 4 p.m.

The showing is available through advance ticket sales only, and tickets are $10. They may be purchased through the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish office at 308-534-0511, or online at www.seas-np.org. Proceeds will benefit The Women’s Resource Center and The St. Patrick and Holy Spirit Food Pantry.

This full-length feature film about the life of Our Lady, released through Ignatius Press, was shot in English and High Definition in Europe. Actress Alissa Jung gives a compelling and inspired portrayal of Mary.

Originally a 200-minute film, “Mary of Nazareth” has been edited down to 153 minutes for the theatrical release. Produced by the same European studios that made such other high-quality films with spiritual depth like “Restless Heart: The Confessions of Augustine,” “Pope John Paul II,” “Bakhita: From Slave to Saint” and “Padre Pio: Miracle Man,” this film on the life of Mary will provide deep inspiration for all who see it on the big screen.

Pope Benedict XVI viewed a screening of “Mary of Nazareth” at the Vatican May 16, 2012. Following the screening, the Holy Father thanked the producers of the film. In his remarks, Pope Benedict pointed out that “it is not easy to characterize the figure of any mother, because the riches of the maternal life are difficult to describe, but this is even more challenging when it comes to Mary of Nazareth, who is the mother of Jesus, the Son of God made man.”

The film touches on the lives of three women of the New Testament: Herodias, the wife of Herod Antipas, Mary Magdalene, and the protagonist, Mary, the Mother of Jesus.

“She is a mother who desired to keep her Son with her, but she knows He is God,” said Pope Benedict. “Her faith and love are so great, she accepts her part in His mission. Mary is saying ‘Here I am, Lord’ from the Annunciation to the Cross.”

“Mary of Nazareth is the woman of ‘Here I am’, giving herself completely over to the Divine Will,” the Holy Father said. “In this ‘yes’, which is repeated even as she suffers the loss of her Son, she finds an overwhelming and profound happiness.”

The movie trailer and more information are available at www.maryfilm.com.

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