THE youth of Lutwyche parish helped bring special meaning to Easter celebrations.
The annual presentation of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, which has been running for 15 years, was
played out at Holy Cross church, Wooloowin, in front of a congregation of 600.
Bishop John Gerry was among those who attended.
The Passion play was organised by the Italian Catholic Federation, with members from the suburbs of Wooloowin, Aspley and Geebung.
They were assisted by the Italian youth group from Lutwyche.
Overall, there were about 100 actors in the play.
Two Italian choirs, Holy Cross Choir from Lutwyche parish and St Alfio Choir from Geebung, led the singing and played the role of the crowd in the re-enactment.
The evening began with several parables and recreated miracles.
Fr Mauro Conte, who works with the Lutwyche youth group and who played in the role of Jesus, said the stories of the good shepherd, healing the blind man and forgiving the prostitute preceded the re-enactment of Jesus’ last week on earth.
“We then acted out the Holy Week beginning with Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem, the washing of the feet, the Last Supper, the betrayal, Pontius Pilate’s decision and Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection,” he said.
“Our youth members were excellent actors, playing in the roles of the disciples of Jesus and of Roman soldiers.”
Finally, the performers acted out the scenes of Jesus appearing to his disciples and apostles.
Rehearsals and preparation for the Passion play took two months and the cast consisted of both young and more experienced actors.
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