Children stage story of Jesus’ death for their peers

The Passion of the Lord was acted out by the children of the Church of Divine Mercy (CDM) in Sungai Ara on Good Friday.

May 10, 2019

By Andrea Filmer
The Passion of the Lord was acted out by the children of the Church of Divine Mercy (CDM) in Sungai Ara on Good Friday.

Their audience were children themselves, for whom a separate service was held in an adjoining building to the church.

After several moments of silence when everyone prostrated themselves on mats in imitation of prostrated priests, 28 children took to the stage to bring the story of Jesus’ death to life. From the Garden of Gethsemane, to a fireplace where Peter denied Jesus, the children valiantly recounted the Lord’s last day.

Aged seven to 12, the minors were led by Depakar @ John Nagendran and Matthew Gomez who played the roles of Jesus and Pilate respectively. Those in attendance were fully engaged right until the play’s end when the room was plunged into darkness and ‘lightning’ sharply illuminated the final, purple backdrop. It was there that Jesus, played by Depakar, 10, breathed his last on the cross.

The children’s Good Friday play, specially designed to appeal to the understanding of adolescents, was held for the second year in a row at CDM.

Parish priest Fr Martin Arlando commended the church’s Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW) group – headed by play director Anuja Michael Xavier and codirector Audrey Foo – for bringing the children together to host the meaningful event. The play also attracted some non-Christians who came after the publicity in a local newspaper.

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