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Week of April 28, 2003
Jesus' Passion comes to life
Santa Maria Goretti Church saw Jesus' crucifixion portrayed by students enacting the Stations of the Cross
By RENATO GANDIA
WCR Staff Writer
Good Friday celebration at Santa Maria Goretti Church is usually solemn as the people and their priest bring their Italian traditions into the celebration.
But this Good Friday was not only solemn, but it was also different as a dramatized Stations of the Cross was incorporated into the celebration.
Some 25 students from Louis St. Laurent School and Archbishop O'Leary High School presented the passion play in the tradition of the Stations of the Cross.
So instead of simply reading the Passion of Jesus according to John, it was dramatized by the students.
The drama was written in the structure of the Stations of the Cross, beginning at the altar of the church and making its way to the parking lot where a crucifixion was portrayed.
The end of the drama was inside the church where they laid the body of Christ, portrayed by Louis St. Laurent student Brand Wiltshire, 17.
Wiltshire, a Grade 12 student, told the WCR after the celebration, "One of the difficult things was the scene where Jesus was nailed to the cross.
"I really got into the part even though I got wet."
They had to make last minute changes just an hour before the passion play, but even with that, Wiltshire did not mind.
He believes it's good for the people to see something other than the normal Good Friday celebration.
Ben Hosker, a student-teacher at Louis St. Laurent, said, "It was a wonderful experience. It was a lot of fun."
In some ways it was difficult for him to prepare for this. "I'm actually not a Catholic. I have to learn a lot of the religious aspects of this play. And then I have to put my own touch on it."
They rehearsed after school and during the week leading to Good Friday, they rehearsed every day at the church after school.
Anna Talarico, a parishioner, said, "The celebration was incredible. It made me cry from the beginning. Very well done, very well organized."
She found it delightful to see something different at the Good Friday celebration in her parish.
What made a difference, in her view, was the involvement of the people. "The (students and teachers) did a lot in putting this together. Our parish priest I think is fantastic."
Sandra Talarico, chaplain at Louis St. Laurent and parishioner at Santa Maria Goretti, coordinated the passion play.