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4/8/2013 12:25:00 PM
Modern Passion reenactment instills meaning
Photo contributed by Jill Wenger
Danny Ackley plays Jesus, while Kate Stone is Veronica.
Photo contributed by Jill Wenger
Danny Ackley plays Jesus, while Kate Stone is Veronica.

Middle and high school youth ministry members at St. Cecilia Parish reenacted Christ’s Passion March 8.

Katheren Bettermann played Mary.

“Playing the role of Mary really brought me to my knees realizing all the strengths this woman had, to carry all the pain, suffering and agony as she walked up to Calvary, knowing that she couldn’t help him,” she said.

The youths performed each station while a narrator described what was happening, through the voice of Jesus. Another teen reflected on how each station related to the struggles of young people.

Jill Wenger, St. Cecilia youth ministry and confirmation coordinator, played a contemporary song at each station.

“As we hear these modern songs on the radio every day, we remember the connection to the way of the cross,” she said. “The song takes on a new meaning.”  The production concluded with benediction and exposition.

“Watching these teens really understand the role of their character and, most importantly, what Christ went through for us, has deepened my faith,” Wegner said. “They completely ‘get it.’ It’s more than just a production, it’s a prayer.”

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