Students from two Catholic schools in the Philadelphia Archdiocese — SS. Philip and James and St. Katharine Drexel Regional — reenacted scenes from the life of Jesus, including his passion and death, during Holy Week.
Eighth graders from SS. Philip and James School in Exton performed the Living Stations of the Cross for the school and parish community March 27 and 29. The Stations of the Cross are the 15 scenes on which Catholics meditate about the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The students portrayed tableaus of three stations at a time as other students narrated and reflected upon the scenes. When the actors changed scenes, the choir sang traditional Lenten hymns. The performance was a prayerful way for students, families, parishioners and friends to enter into the paschal mystery.
Eighth graders of St. Katharine Drexel Regional Catholic School in Holland enacted the Passion Play of Jesus’ life before his death on the cross on March 29 and 30. Part musical and devotional, the senior project of the students involved every eighth grader as a major contributor. The Passion Play tells the whole story of Jesus’ life, from his birth to his resurrection, and was written and produced by Msgr. John Marine, pastor of St. Bede Parish in Holland — one of the school’s feeder parishes. The 10th annual Passion Play, directed by Gerri Brooks, was performed in the St. Bede Parish center.