Good Friday and Easter Sunday are two important days on the Christian calendar as Christians around the world use those two days for reflection and meditation.
Globally, people also recognized and celebrate one of the most historic events of history, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Here in Canada, Ontario, and Toronto in particular, a play held at the Church on the Queensway, Passion Play 2012, helped the audience to understand Jesus as a person, and in a deeper and more meaningful way.
Believers and non-believers alike flocked to the play on the Queensway, which was presented by the Christian Performing Arts Centre. It opened on Good Friday and ran through to Easter Sunday.
“Every Easter season, the Passion Play is presented around the world,” the church’s pastor told the large gathering prior to the beginning of the play. “This is a special year in our calendar where Easter coincides with the Jewish celebration of Passover. We welcome you to journey back with us in time to experience the deep meaning of our Christians roots,” he said.
The play, which had some dramatic scenes, took the audience through Christ walking through the streets of Jerusalem, the feast of the Passover, the healing of the sick and blind, His visit to the Garden of Gethsemane, His trial, the road to Calvary, His crucifixion, His resurrection and ended with His ascension to Heaven.
Playing the role of Jesus was Carmine Crincoli, who has been attending the Church on the Queensway for the past 15 years and says he enjoys being involved in the various ministries of the church.
By EDDIE J. GRANT