Youth ministry performs Stations of the Cross
Antonio Cruz portrays Jesus during a Stations of the Cross performance by students in the Our Lady of Guadalupe youth ministry Friday. (CHELCEY ADAMI PHOTO / March 30, 2013)
Participants practiced every Sunday for the past couple months in preparation for the performance, which featured not only acting but solo and duet singing.
“The youth group presents this to the primary grades so they can tell Jesus’ story to the little ones and to inspire them to become involved in youth ministry,” Our Lady of Guadalupe Youth Minister Gloria Wong said. “On this Good Friday, we’re living the passion of Christ and focusing on this particular day as we’re preparing for Easter.”
The performance is purposefully done in a “prayerful mode” rather than a showy, dramatic style, Wong said.
The interactive performance asked audience members to participate with specific actions as they recited Hail Mary and Our Father prayers at each station.
“This is done worldwide on this particular day so wherever people are, they can go to a local church and live the passion of Christ through the stations,” Wong said.
Each station also featured a moment of personal reflection where audience members were asked to consider what choices they would have made in a similar situation.
It was the first time for Gabriel Ramos, 17, to participate with the Stations of the Cross performance. He played the part of a soldier and while nervous beforehand, he was all smiles as it finished.
“Having your friends here with you makes it easier and more comfortable,” he said. “It’s to enlighten people why he gave up his life to save ours and to show kids that it’s important to believe in God, to love and adore him.”
Many children sitting in the front row were visibly excited in anticipation of the performance Friday.
The reenactment went through the iconic story of the actions leading up to Jesus being nailed to the cross and included such scenes as when he was tortured by soldiers and visited by his mother.
Antonio Cruz played Jesus while Alejandrina Benson played Mary, and their voices soared over the audience as they sang songs of praise in the performance.
In the end, younger children were encouraged to approach the cast to share their prayers.
David Miramon said he enjoyed watching the Stations of the Cross in which his brother performed.
“He did very good. I really enjoyed it,” he said. “It’s so we can learn how Jesus suffered for us and how much he loved us.”
Staff Writer Chelcey Adami can be reached at 760-337-3452 or firstname.lastname@example.org.