In simple, uncomplicated terms, The Eternal Gift attempts to explain to a non-Catholic audience the history and purpose of the Catholic Mass. Most of the film was lensed at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago, with generous footage of hundreds of parishioners waiting patiently in line during all sorts of weather for the privilege of attending services. The gloriousness of the pageantry and surroundings cry out for Technicolor, but alas, Eternal Gift was shot in black-and-white. At 84 minutes, it may be a bit wearing for the average viewer, though in sum total the experience is quite rewarding. The Eternal Gift is narrated by Reverend Fulton J. Sheen, nearly a decade before he became nationally famous as "the TV Bishop."
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