A new film tells the story of lives changed by the Holy Hour
NEW YORK (CNS) – “Alive,” a new documentary made in Spain by Bosco and Hakuna Films, tells the stories of five people changed by their encounter with the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist during the Holy Hour.
Its viewers “will be driven to action,” a Catholic priest said in a commentary on the film.
“Alive” will open across the United States for one night only on April 25, the Monday following Divine Mercy Sunday. The Spanish film with English subtitles is published by Fathom Events, and a theater schedule is available online at https://www.fathomevents.com/events/Alive-Who-Is-There.
“Alive,” unveiled at a New York premiere in early April, introduces viewers to a former atheist, an average Catholic and other young people.
“Each person has faced life’s challenges and once they discovered the weekly holy hour, it changed their life forever,” said Fr. Edward Looney, pastor of the Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin, involved in the Catholic media.
His commentary on “Alive” was published by Fathom, which is the 11th largest distributor of content to theaters in North America.
Last December, Father Looney created a 10-part series of short videos tied to a Christmas special theatrically released by the show’s creators. “The chosen,” a streaming series about the life of Jesus and the stories of the Gospel. The special episode was also released by Fathom Events.
Each individual portrayed in “Alive” approached the Holy Hour differently, Fr. Looney said. “But in this time of prayer, they all found something they were looking for. In this time of prayer, they encountered silence and peace. They had the opportunity to ask God, present on the altar, the difficult questions they faced.
“They might ask God, ‘Are you there?’ And with the look of love that emanated from the monstrance, they knew he was,” he continued. “A Holy Hour is a place where we can surrender all our stresses, discomforts and worries to the Lord, in the hope that He will take them away.
“By praying before the Lord, we can recharge our troubled spirits and find the grace to carry on.”
Father Looney is pastor of St. Francis and St. Mary Parish in Brussels, Wisconsin, and pastor of St. Peter and St. Hubert Parish, which has offices in Lincoln and Rosiere, Wisconsin.
“Alive” is “one of those movies that when you see it, you are immersed in the action,” he said. “When you leave the theatre, you might want to find a church on your way back so you can spend an hour in prayer or find out where you might join a holy hour in your area during the coming week or month. .”
Father Looney said the film “is like a pre-season warm-up for us to rekindle our Eucharistic faith and devotion” ahead of the Corpus Christi feast on June 19, which, as he noted, is the kick of the three-year National Eucharistic Revival of the American Catholic Church. , culminating in the National Eucharistic Congress in Indianapolis in 2024.
During the revival, there will be parish, diocesan and regional events to increase Catholics’ understanding of the real presence in the Eucharist.
The U.S. bishops approved revival and congress plans last November at their fall general assembly in Baltimore. Both are led by the Committee on Evangelism and Catechesis of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, chaired by Bishop Andrew H. Cozzens of Crookston, Minnesota.
Editor’s Note: To learn more about the National Eucharistic Revival and the National Eucharistic Congress of the American Catholic Church, visit https://eucharisticrevival.org.