Based on Henry van Dyke's story written in the late 19th century, this is a fictional story set in biblical times, told in gently comic terms. It concerns a Magus named Artaban who studies the prophecies and is witness to a sign in the heavens that he hopes will lead him and his faithful servant, Orantes, to the Messiah. Artaban takes with him three precious gifts to present to the Messiah. For 33 years, Artaban and Orantes pursue Jesus, only to miss Him at every turn. Along the way, Artaban uses his gifts to help people in dire need. He has nothing to present to the Messiah when he find him. The story culminates on Easter Sunday as Artaban, old and dying, finally encounters the new King, bringing peace to his final moments of life.
Media ID: 11401
Length: 48 Min.
Publisher: Paulist Productions
Level: JH, SH, A

Grade Levels: EC=Early Childhood; P=Primary; I=Intermediate; JH=Junior High; SH=Senior High; A=Adult