Of all the remains of the colonial era in America, no sector is better represented or maintained than those religious edifices — the houses of worship — that dot the Eastern seaboard of our nation. These amazing structures testify to a nation founded "under God," to a people committed to worship. The program examines the history and architecture of these colonial churches, meeting houses and synagogues.
Featuring a talented cast of soloists and the choirmen of the Washington Cathedral, with costumes and props drawn from medieval art, the "Visit to the Sepulcher" melts away the centuries to reveal the simple beauty of Christianity's most sacred morning.
Its beauty has transfixed viewers since 1506, yet Saint Peter's Cathedral is still new, compared to the tomb it conceals. Begun by architect Donato Bramante, and completed by such artists as Michelangelo, Bernini, and Raffael, the new Saint Peter's shelters the far humbler tomb of the saint himself, more than a thousand years older. The new cathedral has survived wars, intrigue, and religious infighting to symbolize the Roman Catholic Church.
Bishop Barron is on a new journey to unlock the truth behind the Catholic Church's most influential people. CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players is a multi-part film series that illumines a handful of saints, artists, mystics, and scholars who not only shaped the life of the Church but changed the course of civilization.