Cast (in credits order): Edmund Gwenn....Bartholomew, the Juggler (Cast listed alphabetically): Hans Conried....Father Fabian; Lumsden Hare....Father Cyprian; Robert Emmett O'Connor....Brother Xavier;
In Medieval times a juggler, called by the name of Bartholomew, had little success making a living. On his way to another city for work, he was overtaken by illness and found laying by the side of the road by a group of Monks. They carried him to their monastery to care for him until he recovered and could travel again.
As recovery began to kindly show itself, Bartholomew began to take interest in what was going on around him. He wanted to know why the monks were so busy. For what were they getting ready. He was surprised to learn that while he has been ill, they have been preparing for a Christmas Festival. This was a special service coming up where the brothers would do all they could to glorify their Lady (Mother of their Lord) with their art and expertise.
Each Brother had a specialty. Whether it was cooking, woodworking, painting, sculpturing, they had trained to do it well. Poor Bartholomew tried to help but became more of a hindrance. The day of the Christmas Festival was held for the Lady, and each of the monks offered his gift, but dear Bartholomew still had nothing. ***Spoiler***Frustrated, he began to juggle. As he did his face began to change as years of uselessness and sorrow began to melt away. His juggling continued as her statue began to glow. The love in his heart touched Her and She reached out to touch him.***Spoiler*** A beautiful story for Christmas or Easter.