Special about 'greatest week': Easter program depicts final hours of Savior's mortal ministry

An Easter special based on the final hours of Christ's mortal ministry and produced by the Church will air on Monday, April 4, at 10 p.m. (MDT) on the Faith & Values Channel.

According to Leon A. Davies, the Church's Faith & Values Channel coordinator, the special titled "The Lamb of God" will allow viewers to experience in an intimate and personal way what many people have referred to as the "greatest week in history" - the final days in the life of the Savior. Nearly a third of the written word recorded in the four Gospels of the Bible focuses on these pivotal seven days."The 30-minute program takes the audience into the midst of these events and allows them to feel the emotion, the reality, and the wonder as the Son of God atoned for the sins of the world," Brother Davies said.

The special depicts Christ's suffering in Gethsemane, being betrayed by Judas, and later His arraignment before Pilate. It also portrays the crucifixion, entombment, and the morning of the resurrection.

"This stirring and moving special illustrates our testimony that Jesus Christ is the literal Son of God, the Savior of the world," Brother Davies added.

Other programs produced by the Church now airing on the Faith & Values Channel include: "Center Street," an upbeat news magazine program produced expressly for teenagers; "The Mormon Tabernacle Choir," broadcasts featuring stirring music and timely messages of hope and inspiration; "Families Are Forever," offering viewers advice on raising families; and "LDS Worship Service," which represents a typical but abbreviated worship service (similar to a sacrament meeting) of the Church.

"The Lamb of God" was directed by Russell D. Holt of the Church's Audiovisual Department and written by Gerald N. Lund of the Church Educational System.

The Church has been a charter member of the VISN network (which provides programming for the Faith & Values Channel) since it was launched in 1988. The Faith & Values Channel is owned and operated by the non-profit National Interfaith Cable Coalition (NICC), a consortium of 64 faith groups.

The Faith & Values Channel reaches more than 20 million cable households on some 1,300 cable systems serving more than 4,600 communities nationwide. The network prohibits on-air fund solicitation, proselyting and maligning of other faiths; its programming encourages interaction and understanding.

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