April 8th, 2012

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The Passion of Jesus, Trafalgar Square

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Late on Thursday, I stated "This SOUNDS as though it will be AMAZING!". So how was it?

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To cut to the chase, I thought this was excellent. I went along to the noon performance, and enjoyed it immensely, and was completely blown away by it. As a result, I decided to blow out the film I had planned to see (and booked!) to stay on for the 3.15pm performance. Both times I was seated towards the front, right on the gangway, so that I was up close and personal to the action at the front, as well as being literally right in the thick of the action when the actors used the gangways (which they used often!).

The play told the whole story of the last few days of Jesus's life, starting from his entry into Jerusalem on a donkey, where he was welcomed by the people waving palm leaves. It ended with Jesus having Risen again, and having shown himself to Mary and his disciples, taking his leave of them for the last time.

As they were using the gangways a great deal, and actors were entering from all around the Square and marching/walking onto the stage at the front, the action was happening all around you, and you really felt like you were part of the performance. It was very engaging. And it was an immersive theatre experience - I love immersive theatre!

If it returns next year, I am recommending that everyone who missed it this year (and also in 2010 and 2011 when it was also on) prioritise this and come along!

Highly highly recommended.

Below I have TRIED to give a flavour of the action, using official images. I have taken a few photos of my own, one of which is beautiful, so I will put those up when I get a chance to download them.

Soldiers marching past
Photo credit: http://www.zimbio.com/pictures/LsVGvufPU59/Actors+Perform+Easter+Passion+Jesus+Trafalgar/

You really felt a part of the action as the soldiers marched straight past you, within touching distance.

Some of the priests, who manipulate the people and the Romans to secure Jesus's death
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The Last Supper
Photo credit: http://www.itv.com/news/2012-04-06/easter-story-played-out-in-trafalgar-square/

Jesus, after being flogged, with his placard "King of the Jews"
Photo credit: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1379554/Crucifixion-recreated-Trafalgar-Square-Christians-mark-Good-Friday.html

Jesus carrying the Cross through the crowds
Photo credit: http://www.itv.com/news/2012-04-06/easter-story-played-out-in-trafalgar-square/

Roman Soldier "Come on, come on, get a move on! We haven't got all bloody day!"
They made someone from the audience carry the cross for a part of the way (a plant) and his wife ran after them shouting that she wanted him back!

Jesus being crucified on the Cross
Photo credit: http://framework.latimes.com/2012/04/06/the-week-in-pictures-78/

To watch Jesus carrying the cross right through the crowds, and then being nailed to it by the Roman soldiers, was excruciating. But it brought home to you the agony of being crucified, and the reality of what Jesus went through to redeem us.

Jesus, having Risen, making his way through the crowds before he leaves for the final time
Photo credit: http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/325117/20120407/biblical-good-friday-trafalgar-square-london-jesus.htm

Christ is Risen - Hallelujah!
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Easter Sunday Today: Christ is Risen - Hallelujah!

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Cut and pasted from the BBC website:


Easter is the most important Christian festival. It celebrates Jesus Christ's resurrection from the dead, three days after he was executed by crucifixion.

Easter Sunday is the culmination of Holy Week. Easter commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is the most important Christian festival, and the one celebrated with the greatest joy.

The Easter story is at the heart of Christianity. On Good Friday, Jesus Christ was executed by crucifixion. His body was taken down from the cross, and buried in a cave. The tomb was guarded and an enormous stone was put over the entrance, so that no-one could steal the body. On the following Sunday, some women visited the grave and found that the stone had been moved, and that the tomb was empty. Jesus himself was seen that day, and for days afterwards by many people. His followers realised that God had raised Jesus from the dead.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/christianity/holydays/easter.shtml

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Holy Bible: King James Version (KJV)

Matthew 28: 5-6
5 And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.
6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.

Photo credit: http://athomeinmyfathershouse.blogspot.co.uk/2011/04/christ-is-risen.html

Finally, I have illustrated below one of the central tenets of Christianity, a commandment given to us by Jesus. God/Jesus is love and we should follow Jesus's example. In today's modern world, this message speaks to my heart, and it is something I wish everyone would take note of, heed and follow.

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Wishing all the readers of the Umbrella Organisation a Happy Easter!
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And at Eastertime, I am remembering this ...