Burning Heart presents a Lauralee Farrer production


Terce: the Prayer of the Single Mother

starring: Elizabeth Montgomery
director: Lauralee Farrer
episode producer:
principal writer: Lauralee Farrer
principal cinematographer: Martina Nagel (with Brandon Lippard), Jordan McMahon

background: Terce is the name of the mid-morning hour of prayer in the Benedictine tradition. Terce is the little hour between the start of work and noon break when some of the edge of prime has worn down, when we feel the need for reinforcement, for recalibration. The monastics called down the Holy Spirit for reviving at this time, realizing that attitudes fostered at this hour often determine the difference between a life fueled with passionate energy or anxious denial.

Story: When her boyfriend—Prime—abandons her and their newborn, Terce has to pay pressing bills and face the reality of a new, unwanted life as a single mother. A benevolent older woman gives her a job offer that she is too distracted to take seriously. Traveling Man takes it upon himself to get her attention by any means necessary, but his visit reveals to him his own judgmental attitude which he now sees only left her without help all along. Mysteriously, when she grants his request for forgiveness, it breaks down the defenses of her own pride and denial, and opens the possibility of a generous and hopeful life.