If you want to get in the Christmas spirit, Maranatha High School will be putting on “Evening of Christmas: Breath of Heaven” Saturday, 12/7/19 at 7 p.m. at the world-renowned Ambassador Auditorium on Maranatha’s campus in Pasadena. It’s always a meaningful and moving time to experience the meaning of Christmas through the energy and talents of high schoolers.
Tickets are $5 for TD’ers (they are higher to everyone else). Let your small group leader know if you are interested in going.
Here’s a description of the show:
This week, our performing arts students will be ministering … Their performance, “Evening of Christmas: Breath of Heaven,” is their gift to us with the hope it will prepare our hearts for worship as we enter into this Christmas season. Their many weeks of rehearsal will surely bless the audience through music and dance as they portray a beautiful story of hope inspired by a novel written by one of our own faculty.
Carrie Arcos is a well-known young adult novelist and an English teacher here at Maranatha High School. Her last novel, “We Are All That’s Left,” is about a young woman caught in the winds of war in Sarajevo in the early 1990s. One of the scenes in the book takes place in a burned-out church basement in that war-torn city. That’s where “Breath of Heaven” begins—with a young woman named Nadja attending a Christmas mass in that basement.
Fade to another war-torn world 2000 years previous and another young girl facing a world without much hope as well, except for the words of the angel. We trace the story of Mary and Joseph from the Annunciation to the Birth. We discover together how they found hope in the child born in the manger; the hope for all people facing hopeless situations. Jesus was the hope for a young woman in Sarajevo, surrounded by death and tragedy. Jesus remains the hope for all of us in uncertain times. That hope that is echoed in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s famous poem, “The Bells of Christmas,” written during the fear and uncertainty of the Civil War, recited and sung as part of our Showcase:
Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
We invite you to join us on December 6 or 7 for “Evening of Christmas: Breath of Heaven” and together we can re-discover the hope of that child one more time.