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Easter Passion Play preparations underway

With Holy Week close on the horizon, lakeside communities have advanced preparations for the traditional  processions and pageants that bring the Easter story to life and  heighten personal identification with core values of the Christian faith.

pg24bThese public spectacles drawn from Biblical accounts of the last teachings, judgement, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ, have evolved from methods of evangelization introduced by the Spanish missionaries who set foot in Mexico five centuries ago.

Commonly referred to as La Pasión de Cristo, Via Crucis or Judea Viviente, these events are staged by amateur theater groups, usually in cooperation with local churches. Program formats vary from place to place, each reflecting the diligent work, creative talents and profound religious devotion of hundreds of volunteers who participate as actors, set builders, costume makers, makeup artists, stage hands, technicians and support teams.

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