By Bejay Browne
THE PASSION Play with a cast of 50 is to be performed in Paphos later this month outside an historic church for the first time ever.
Organised by Fr Miguel de la Calle and Fr Carlos Ferrero of St Paul’s Catholic Parish, people of all faiths are being encouraged to come together to take part in the performance on April 18.
The ‘Passion Play’ – also known as the ‘Way of the Cross’ – is a traditional part of Lent and is a dramatic presentation which depicts the Passion of Christ, his trial, suffering and death.
“The cast will consist of about 50 people of many different beliefs. We already have Catholics, Protestants, Orthodox and Buddhists taking part,” Fr Miguel told the Cyprus Mail. “We welcome anyone who would like to join us, either to take part or in the audience.”
This is the first time the Catholic Church in Paphos will be staging the play which will take place outside Ayia Kyriaki church in Kato Paphos, also known as the Church of Saint Paul’s Pillar.
Fr Miguel said the historic setting for the play was extremely special, as Saint Paul preached there about Christ. Tradition says that he was tied to a pillar and received 39 lashes as punishment for converting many to Christianity.
Fr Miguel, who is directing the performance, says he hopes the play will become an annual event.
“We have already undertaken the nativity twice and it has been very successful. As this includes children, we wanted to do something in the parish for the adults,” he said.
Traditionally, in many countries around the world, representations of The Passion are undertaken during the Holy Week of Easter.
“This is a way to bring the entire community together and we have so many different nationalities living here in Paphos and following all faiths. Easter is an important time for reflection and a time to come together and share,” said the cleric.
Rehearsals for the performance will take place on April 13. Fr. Miguel said there were still some roles to fill. None of those taking part are required to have any previous performance experience.
“We would very much like people to come along to watch and listen and join us with the singing and prayers.”
The play will be enacted on Friday April 18 at 12pm, outside the church in Kato Paphos.
For further information: Fr Miguel de la Calle 99093988