A NEWBORN KING

A NEWBORN KING

 

Synopsis

 

The nativity story of Jesus Christ has become a favorite of numerous adaptations. One of these is “A Newborn King”. It is a narrative account of Jesus’ birth based on the Gospels of Luke and Matthew.

As the story is being shared by Jim to his only son, Joshua, he realizes some similarities in terms of experiences and feelings particularly that of conceiving, birthing, and seeing the reflections of your own flesh and blood and the sense of being a father.

With Joshua’s birth, Jim has prayed unceasingly to let him live. Joshua is dying of some birth complications. Looking at the cross, Jim prays for an extension of Joshua’s life.

As to Jesus’ birth, shepherds and wise men paid him homage. Jubilant angels sing songs of praise.

As the story goes, and so is Jim’s life with his son and wife Laura who came home just in time for Christmas season, surprising him, Joshua and their friends.

 

SEQUENCE TREATMENT

 

Opening Credits

 

 

Joshua is playing with his PSP. His glass of milk is      still full. His father notices the clock, it’s 7:30 PM.

 

 

Jim

Joshua stop playing and drink that milk, NOW.

 

Joshua

Yes, dad.

 

Joshua slowly gets the glass of milk. His eyes are still stuck in his PSP. His father observes Joshua’s behavior.

 

Jim

Let me have that PSP. It’s almost 8. We will attend the first Misa de Gallo at 4 AM.

 

Joshua drinks milk. He goes to the room. He gets the      storybook from the drawer. It’s a book entitled “A   Newborn King”. It’s a gift from his mom. He likes it very    much.

 

Joshua

Dad, you told me that you and I will read this book together.

 

Jim

Alright. Come here Joshua.

 

Jim holds the book as Joshua looks at it intently. Jim    opens the first page of the book.

 

Jim

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a woman engaged to a man whose name was Joseph. The woman’s name was Mary.

 

Mary was seen as a very obedient woman. She did the tasks     given to her and was even seen carrying a jar full of      water when the angel appeared to her.

 

Jim

Greetings favored one! The Lord is with you.

 

Mary was seen as perplexed and pondered what sort of      greetings was that. She looked around and saw an angel in      all its splendor. The angel is dressed in white robe with   very beautiful wings.

 

Jim

Do not be afraid Mary, for you have found favor with God. And now you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus.

 

Mary held her womb, knelt before the angel and bowed down     her head. A white dove flew toward Mary. She looked at   the dove, murmured some words. Then the angel   disappeared.

 

Joshua

Dad isn’t this Mary.

 

Jim

No, it’s Elizabeth. Though she’s old enough to conceive, God blessed her and she and Zechariah were happy because nothing is impossible with God.

 

Mary and Elizabeth were talking. Elizabeth held her womb when Mary arrived.

 

Joshua

What is Mary doing dad?

 

Jim

She’s singing the magnificat? Can you still remember the song that your Aunt Sally used to sing in the church? *sing* My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my savior.*

 

Joshua

Dad, I can imagine mom singing and dancing to that tune.

 

Joshua’s mother dances to the tune of Magnificat at first     stanza as Jim interrupted it with a gesture to continue   the story.

Jim

In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. And all people went to their town to be registered.

People are seen walking and lining up to be registered.   It’s a busy sight and chaotic at times.

Jim

Mary’s husband, Joseph, wanted to dismiss Mary quietly since it was a disgrace, having to conceive before they lived together. But when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream.

 

Joseph was walking when suddenly an angel appeared to     him. His physical body was restless, since it was a dream     that he saw it. The angel in all its splendor raised itself above so that Joseph can look up but it was so bright that Joseph covered his face.

 

Jim

Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.

 

The bright light disappeared and so was the Angel. Joseph     woke up. He paused and thought about the words spoken by the angel. He got himself up and rushed outside to look for Mary.

 

Joshua

Joseph and Mary are husband and wife. Just like you dad and mom.

 

Jim

Yes Joshua. Your mom and I.*sigh

 

Jim looked at the picture frame beside their bed. It’s a photograph of a happy family composed of Jim and his wife, Laura and their son, Joshua.

Mary and Joseph traveled. They stopped by a roadside.     Joseph drank water while Mary ate bread and offered it to    him. Joseph made some fire to keep them warm. One by one,    he put a stick onto it. Mary was preparing for sleep when     a sudden scream could be heard. Mary was about to give   birth. Joseph and Mary saw an Inn. They stayed there.

Jim remembered the time when Laura got pregnant. He reminisced the time when they were together, eating and   feasting with different fruits, playing cards, watching      television, singing karaoke. When Jim was singing a song,    Laura suddenly screamed and asked Jim to bring her to the hospital.

Joseph was waiting for the time she gives birth.

Jim remembered waiting outside the delivery room,    sitting, watching people passing by his sight.

A child’s scream!

Joseph went to where Mary was. He looked at the baby that     was lying in the manger.

Jim helplessly watched the child in the nursery room. The     child must be incubated for some reasons.

Joseph looked at the sky. A dove flew around. A bright    star in the night.

Jim went to the chapel and looked at the cross with a few     drops of tears flowing in his eyes.

 

Joshua

Dad, it’s my turn. Let me read it.

 

Jim looks at Joshua. He hugged him tight.

 

Jim

Alright, this page.

 

Joshua

While they were there the time came for her to deliver her child.

 

Jim

My child* whisper

 

Joshua

And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. Dad, look!

 

 

 

Jim

Yeah, the shepherds and the angels. They were jubilant. They were singing and praising God.

 

Angels and shepherds are roaming around. They were   singing Glory to God in the Highest. Shepherds knelt down   and honor the newborn king.

Joshua

Dad, look!

 

Jim

Ahh, the visit of the wise men. They went to see Jesus and they paid the Him homage. They gave the newborn king gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

 

Songs can be heard. Group of carolers are seen singing    Hark the Herald. With all their materials, they make a   wonderful chorus of this song.

Joshua

Dad, what is that?

 

Jim

I don’t know. Let me check. Aah, my friends.

 

Joshua

Dad, who are they?

 

Jim

They are friends. They are our friends. Come on, let’s go outside.

 

The clock is set at 8:05. The door is open. Jim and Joshua watch the carolers. In the final note, the carolers made a gap in the middle of the group. A woman     can be seen with gifts and bags. It is Laura. A pleasant surprise.

 

Jim

Laura

 

Joshua

Mom

 

Laura

Jim, Joshua

Joshua

Mom, you’re home.

 

Jim

Just in time before Christmas

 

The carolers sing another Christmas song. One by one,     carolers enter the main door. They continue to sing.     Other guests arrive with food and gifts.

Joshua

Gifts dad, just like gold, frankincense and.

 

Jim

Myrrh..Gifts to the newborn king.

 

The carolers get a share of food, most of them receive    gifts. Festive mood.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Closing Credits

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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