This week Years 4 and 5 of Our Lady & St Joseph school, Lymington transported parents, grandparents and the rest of the school community back to ‘AD33. Palestine.’
The crowds filled the air with the singing of ‘Hosanna Lord’ while waving palms and welcoming Jesus with great enthusiasm. The Narrators announced in a crisp manner that it was now “Maundy Thursday: The Last Supper”. The crowds faded back as we now found ourselves in the Upper Room with the confrontation between Jesus and Judas which left the disciples shocked and angry at the betrayal. We felt the mood change as Jesus humbly washed the feet of the disciples and prepared for the last supper.
The Narrators snapped out “Good Friday” and moved us in to the promenade performance of the Stations of the Cross with prayers and music as the cross, carried by Jesus, moved slowly and heavily through each Station to its final destination. The silence from the crowd observing was deafening as Jesus was crucified and then taken to the tomb.
Spirits were lifted as the tomb was found to be empty, and joyful music filled the air as the cross stood upright in the centre of the hall as pupils carried symbols from the performance and laid them at the foot of the cross.
The crowd, now back in the 21st century, heard Fr David Adams give the blessing and left full of hope in the Risen Lord.