The first episode of the “Mysteries of the Rosary” series was released today on Wild Goose TV. Made in collaboration with filmmaking company Paradisus Dei and produced by 4PM Media, the first episode introduces the series and reminds us of the power of the rosary. With a running time of about 35 minutes, the host, Mark Harfiel, shares stories of how the rosary has been an effective tool in interceding in the lives of many.
The series alternates in location between the Holy Land and the United States. The scenes from the Holy Land feature beautiful images of sacred sites, such as the Church of the Annunciation, and also give us a glimpse into what the home of the Holy Family may have looked like. In the United States, current church ministers, both clergy and lay people, are interviewed and give their insight into how the rosary features in their everyday lives.
Besides the beautiful imagery, the episodes are underwritten with inspiring music, leading the viewer into a contemplative attitude. Theological reflection is woven into the script, including quotes from Pope St. John Paul II and Sr. Lucia of Fatima.
Each episode includes a couple of options for viewing and study. Viewers can watch the 7-part series on their own, in a small group or in a parish group. An individual study guide to the episodes, a small group guide and a parish group guide are all provided as well (in pdf files), to facilitate learning, conversation and conversion in different formats. If your parish is not hosting the series, consider putting together a small group to watch and pray on your own. Even better, offer to run the program at your parish and invite everyone to come.
The first episode was released today, January 30, and the other six episodes will be released on Ash Wednesday, February 22. This first series will focus on the Sorrowful Mysteries, making this a very appropriate devotion for Lent. Future series on the other mysteries of the rosary are in the works.
Wild Goose TV is a streaming platform offering videos produced by The Ministry of the Wild Goose, who also produced video series such as “Metanoia” and documentaries like “St. Francis of Assisi: Sign of Contradiction.” The Wild Goose, an old Celtic image for the Holy Spirit, is the inspiration behind Wild Goose TV. All videos can be watched for free with an account; donations are gratefully accepted.