“The Nativity” with “Breath of Heaven”

December 10th, 2006

The first time I ever about this was when my sister-in-law, Sandy, showed this to the family two or three years ago. Amy Grant wrote and sings a song called “Breath of Heaven (Mary’s Song)” talking about the feelings that Mary had while carrying the Savior of the World. It turns out that a short film put out by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called “The Nativity,” and “Breath of Heaven” are almost exactly the same length. Many of the scene changes match the changes in the music and many of the images match the lyrics. When I first saw this it was difficult to get going because it was a VHS tape with the video and a seperate CD player that had to be started together at just the right moment for the effect to be really noticeable. I took the video from the DVD and combined it with the audio from the CD, and this is the result. The Amy Grant music has a much greater impact than the original audio in my opinion. Enjoy!

DOWNLOAD: MPEG2 Nativity with Breath of Heaven 314MB

UPDATE: A few Evangelical Christians have decided that this video doesn’t make any sense since Mormons aren’t Christians.”

19 Responses to ““The Nativity” with “Breath of Heaven””

  1. Dawn says:

    Awesome! You had showed me this when there were some glitches, but now it is great! You did a great job getting it all together! How do people discover these things?

  2. jon marc says:

    I need a copy of this for my church If you can please email me the file And I can Give you compensation if you need so

  3. Melisa Holmes says:

    I was hoping to use the all in one DVD this week for a VT luncheon. I’m wonderinig if you can send me the file via email, too, and I also am willing to pay. Thank you, Melisa

  4. Mary says:

    How can I get a copy of this beautiful piece? I am an elementary teacher and would love to share it with my school for our Advent celebration. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Shawn Dowler says:

    You can download a DVD-compliant MPEG-2 version I uploaded here:

    On the left there is a link for an MPEG-2 version that’s rather large (300MB!) because DVD format is not very efficient. If you have software like Nero that will burn in Video DVD mode, then you can use this file directly. There is probably someone somewhere that can help you do this.

    Best of luck!

  6. luke says:

    Many thanks for putting this up as a high quality download – your work is wonderful, and my church will really appreciate it come Sunday.
    Thanks again, Blessings to you and yours.

  7. Traci says:

    Do you have this video with the music/accompaniment but without Amy Grant singing in the background? I’m not sure if that is available, but if you know, would you let me know?! Thank you, I appreciate it!

  8. Shawn Dowler says:

    @ Traci:

    The synchronization with the words was the important part in making this. The only reason I can think of for wanting the music without the words is if you were planning on playing the video and singing with it yourself. I don’t have an accompaniment only version of the song, so I couldn’t make one if I tried. If I had the music, I could combine them like I did in this video though.

  9. Ellen says:

    I have the same question as Traci. Our church is incorporating “Breath of Heaven” into a cantata and after seeing your movie clip, I won’t be satisfied until we can show it with the solo. Were you able to come up with a version minus Amy Grant’s voice? Or if I could provide the background music, would you still be able to combine that with the movie? What would you charge to do that? Thanks so much.

  10. Shawn Dowler says:


    I do not do this for money. I would be happy to try and fulfill your request if I could get the music without the vocal track. I am curious, though… if you are doing a cantata, then why do you need the music at all? Just use your musicians and practice getting the tempo right and do it all live with no sound from the video whatsoever.

  11. Buffy says:

    I tried downloading the http://www.archive.org/details/The.Nativity.with.Breath.of.Heaven but when I clicked on that link, it said the link could not be accessed due to issues with its content. Is there any way you can email me a copy of this wonderful piece?

  12. Jeni says:

    Shawn, I’m sure you’ve figured out that this video is exactly what a lot of us have been looking for! It’s gorgeous! Can you please tell me if/how I can get a downloadable version. We’d like to use it for our R.S. lesson next week to kick off the Christmas season. Thanks!

  13. Shawn Dowler says:

    Here is a new download link since the other one is broken. I have updated the original posting with the download link.

    MPEG2 Download Nativity with Breath of Heaven

  14. Elizabeth says:

    Thank you so much for putting this together and making it available for others. I am the RS Pres. in my ward and I plan to show this next Sunday at the start of our Christmas lesson. I know it is something that will bring peace to a lot of women in our ward.Thank you so much!

  15. Melinda Palmer says:

    I have tried both links to download this video and neither works. I would love to use it as part of my Easter Lesson. Is there anyway to download it???

    Thank you for your work and sharing!!


  16. Dawn says:

    I love Amy’s rendition of this song…and love the song itself.
    Just one note here, Mormons ARE Christian..thus the name of our Church is NOT “New Life” or “Calvary Chapel”, or “Second Baptist”…our faith is in our name “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints”. I was not born into the LDS faith, but was raised a Baptist, by a father who was also a Reverend. Our whole family joined the LDS Church in 1978.

    Merry Christmas!

  17. Judy says:

    Wonderful!! Yes, we are christians and we are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Christ is an important part of our lives every day and we try very hard to follow his example.

  18. Brent Clayton says:

    Is it still possible to find this video to either buy or download?

  19. Holli Leslie says:

    I have always loved this song – gives such amazing perspective not often considered. Perfect choice for our Christmas WDRS meeting – cannot wait to show it. Truly inspired! thankyou for your time putting it together!

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