Video: The Christian Year Video

Cathedral Films, $49.50; rental 20.00 (1-800-251-4091).

Six ten-minute segments introduce the origins, themes, and personal significance of the Christian Year. These segments (Overview, Advent, Christmas/Epiphany, Lent and Holy Week, Easter, Ordinary Time) could be viewed together, but probably would be more effective one at a time. While the format is simpleóessentially a film-strip on video—each segment portrays much liturgical art and symbolism. The approach is interdenominational.

Worship committees or adult study groups who would like an overview of some of the history and symbolism of the church year could benefit from this video, especially if followed up by discussion of ways to observe the Christian Year in their own congregational worship.

Emily R. Brink (embrink@calvin.edu) is Senior Research Fellow for the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and former editor of Reformed Worship.