A powerful Passion Play performance put on by grade 8 students at St. Marguerite d’Youville Catholic Elementary School reminded staff and students of the immense love Jesus has for us, even moments before death.
A traditional part of Lent, the Passion Play is a dramatic presentation of the events leading up to the death and resurrection of Jesus.
Under the direction of teacher Francesca Di Trapani, students in grades 2, 4 and 8 took part in various role play, dramatic narrative, and music as they recognized and honoured Jesus' sacrifice.
“It is through these celebrations that our children grow in re-visiting the traditions of our faith,” said Principal Jenny Frappa. “Jesus surrendered his life; it was not taken from him. He laid down his life for all.”
“As we enter into the Easter Triduum, let us remember Jesus’ great love and be sure to continue to live as joyful disciples as we rejoice in the peace and Joy of Easter.”
The reenactment concluded with an emotional lyrical dance routine to "I Can Only Imagine."
Following the performance, Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, OMI, Bishop of Hamilton thanked the students for helping those present remember an important story.
“They say when we remember something important that happened, it’s like we made it happen again and we experience it in a new way,” he said.
“When Jesus was crucified a long time ago, his arms were open, and it helps us to remember that his arms are open always to love us. And to welcome us. And to make us His. So that’s what we must remember about today – that Jesus loves us.”
“If you can remember that from this celebration you can remember everything that is important about it.”