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TIME: 2:30 <Music Cue: 00 Prelude and 01 Last prelude song> <Mic checks> TIME: 2:50 <Donkey, Donkey Leader, and Jesus in place – outside City Gates> <Actors in place> TIME: 3:00

Triumphal Entry / Temple Marketplace
Barrabas Goes into crowd and tries to rouse them to rise up against Rome with various choice epithets. After a minute or so, Legionaries come arrest him, with a small struggle and protestation, and lead him away to jail. <Sound Cue: Shofar (French Horn)> <Whistler starts walking to the city gates with Peter. Town’s people follow.> <(Cue Music: 01B, If necessary – Emergency Whistler Music)> Narrator (walks up on to the Temple Marketplace stage) Welcome. You have just arrived in Jerusalem for the week of the Passover feast. There are many Jews and Gentiles who have come. Mothers and fathers please watch your children so they do not become lost. <Pause> There is much to see and do in the city at this time. The temple marketplace is busy selling goods for sacrifice and the feast. <Pause> Many have heard of the so-called Messiah, Jesus the prophet from Nazareth. There is talk that he might be coming to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover this year. <Cue The Heralds run through the gates shouting and in and amongst the crowd:> Jesus is coming! Jesus is coming! Can you see Him? Here He comes! <Cue Music: 02 (“Hosanna”)> (The heralds run and find their parents to tell them the exciting news.) <Cue Jesus and the Disciples who enter through the gates shouting hosannas.> (Town's people line the path on which Jesus will travel. They focus audience's attention on Triumphal entry scene, lots of cheering as Messiah comes to Jerusalem, children shouting "Hosanna to the Son of David" all waving palm branches as they lead Jesus through the crowd.) Narrator A large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds shouted "Hosanna to the Son of David!” "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!" "Hosanna in the highest!” <Pause> When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, "Who is this?” The crowds answered, "This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee." (Jesus works his way through the crowd on the donkey. He dismounts before arriving at the temple market and enters. The donkey is led away.) <Cue Music: 02b (Temple Clearing, play through scene adjusting volume to dialog)>

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Narrator (stepping to one side of the stage and pacing with Jesus’ actions) Jesus entered the temple and there he found men selling cattle, sheep, and doves and others sitting at tables exchanging money. (Jesus wanders around the tables and booths of the sellers and climbs up to the top and glowers. Then he fashions a whip from cords.) Jesus Get these out of here! (Turns over a table) Narrator (still pacing with Jesus’ actions) So he made a whip out of cords and drove them all from the temple area. (While narrator says the above, Jesus continues overturning tables and benches. All cast members at scene yell and scream at what is happening. Animals run away (on leashes), doves are released, coins are thrown about.) Jesus How dare you turn my Father’s house into a market! (Whips someone) My house will be called a house of prayer, but you are making it a den of robbers. ( Jesus stops ) Jewish Vendor What miraculous sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all of this? Jesus Destroy this temple and I will raise it again in three days. Jewish Vendor It has taken 46 years to build this temple and you are going to raise it in 3 days? Narrator But the temple Jesus had spoken of was his body. <Big Pause> <Cue Set: Move bench for Jesus to on to stage center.> Now while he was in Jerusalem during the Passover feast many people saw the miraculous works he was doing. The children gathered around him and he taught them. <Pause> (People, especially the children, gather around him as he talks. Disciples form a backdrop. Religious leader watch and glower from the side.) The blind and lame came to him and he healed them. <Pause> (Jesus heals a blind person. <Cue Sound: 03 (Miracle)> A lame person sees this and proclaims her faith. But she can’t get to him, so he goes to her and heals her. Her family rejoices. Jesus continues out into the audience, followed by some children, and perhaps lays hands on one or two and shows his love. Finds someone to embrace as they walk out through the gate.) And even as he healed the blind and the lame, a plot was being devised to take his life. <Cue Mic: Vendor to Judas> (Jesus, disciples, and children exit stage and leave through city gates.) <Cue: Get ready for Bethany (set up furniture)>

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The Plot
(Caiaphas and elders watch Jesus leave with the crowds and then deliver lines as they walk to meet at the center of the market stage.) Elder 1 (to Elder 2) He is developing quite a following. Elder 2 (to Elder 1) Yes, and the people are talking about the miracles he has performed. Elder 1 Caiaphas, we have to do something about this Jesus of Nazareth! what? Caiaphas We must rid ourselves of him permanently! Elder 2 How do we do that? Elder 1 (Thoughtfully, as if turning it over in the air) It must be done subtly, so no one will notice his disappearance. Caiaphas But not on the feast day. The people would riot if something happened to Jesus during the celebration. Elder 2 Perhaps for the right price we could persuade one of his disciples to help us. (Caiaphas sends the Elders to persuade someone. They exit through the gate. James, John, and Jude and the ointment woman enter the Bethany set and take their positions as the Elders exit.) Narrator The Passover feast was only 2 days away. home of a man known as Simon the leper. Jesus was in Bethany in the The woman comes up She But

(Jesus and Peter enter, move about, and take positions. to Jesus and pours ointment onto his head.)

A woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume. broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head. <Cue Sound: 04 (Anointing)> <Pause>

(Judas jumps up <after the sound is done> obviously upset...)

Judas (Speaks angrily to woman) This ointment could have been sold for a high price and the money given to the poor! Jesus Why are you bothering this woman? She's done a good thing! The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me. I tell you the truth, wherever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, what this woman did will also be told. She did it to prepare me for burial. <Cue Sound: 05 (Betrayal)>

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Judas leaves in disgust <exit Upper Room door and cross backstage to gate> and goes to Caiaphas. Jesus, disciples, and woman do a bit of animation. Narrator Then one of the 12, the one called Judas Iscariot went to the chief priests and asked... <Elders and Judas enter through the gates> Elder 2 Caiaphas, we’ve found someone. Judas What will you give me if I deliver this Jesus to you? Caiaphas Who are you? Judas I am Judas Iscariot, one of Jesus’ followers Caiaphas (Turns and holds murmuring discussion with other priests, nods greatly as decision is reached, turns to Judas, broadly, handling his purse) Thirty pieces, (Lets them trickle from hand to hand or jingles bag) Thirty pieces of silver ... (Eyes Judas, dangles the bag) Judas (Eyes the money, eagerly snatches it from Caiaphas) It shall be done. (Bows and departs) <exit stage left and out gates> <Cue Music:05 (Betrayal)> (Caiaphas and elders congratulate each other and walk upstage right. Jesus and followers unfreeze.) Narrator On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and said: Peter Rabbi, where do you want us to make the preparations for you to eat the Passover? Jesus Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, “The Teacher says: My appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover at your house.” (Disciples leave the set first and move into the crowd. Jesus relaxes, and then walks the crowd and exits through the gate after the music starts.) <Cue Music: 06 (Passover celebration music) (Townies dancing in the streets. Try to engage audience in dance. and laughter at the end. Townies and Elders exit gate.) Cheering

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The Last Supper
Narrator So the disciples did as Jesus directed them and prepared the Passover. (The disciples begin to make their way to the Last Supper, they greet each other warmly. After music ends, Jesus enters through door and takes his seat at the center of the table. All get situated. The Servants serve the food.) Narrator When evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the Twelve. And while they were eating... (Judas and Jesus dip their hands into the oil bowl together) Jesus I tell you the truth; one of you will betray me. All disciples except Judas Surely not I, Lord! Jesus The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me. The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born. Judas Surely not I, Lord! Jesus Yes, it is you. (Judas leaves upper room via back door. seen with Sanhedrin. Other disciples are shocked and amazed.) Narrator Later, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples. Jesus (Breaks bread and passes each half to the disciples on either side who take a piece and pass it on.) Take and eat: this is my body given for you: do this in remembrance of me. Narrator Then he took the cup, gave thanks, and offered it to them. Jesus (Fills two cups and passes them to the disciples on either side who take a sip and pass it on) Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now until that day when I drink it anew with you in my Father’s kingdom. <Cue Music: 07 “How Beautiful – edited” (Last Supper / To the Garden) +4:08> (While the song is being sung, disciples move around, discussing what has just transpired. Jesus remains seated and prays and talks with disciples.) (Jesus and disciples leave upper room and begin the walk to the Garden. At a point above the entrance to the garden the disciples form a half circle around Jesus. Jesus stops and speaks to his disciples.) May later be

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This very night you will all fall away on account of me. For it is written: I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered... But, after I have risen, I well go ahead of you into Galilee. Peter Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will. Jesus I tell you the truth, this very night, before the rooster crows you will disown me three times. Peter Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you. Narrator And all the other disciples said the same. (Jesus and disciples continue to the garden.)

The Garden of Gethsemane
<Cue Music: 08 (23rd Psalm) 4:30> (Plays through scene...) Narrator (when Jesus and disciples enter garden) Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, Jesus Sit here while I go over there and pray. (Jesus walks in Peter’s embrace... begins to weep...) Narrator He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them: Jesus My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. and keep watch with me. Narrator <+0:40 into 23rd Psalm> Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed. Jesus <during 1st musical (non-vocal) interlude, after “Righteousness” +1:30> My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. as I will but as you will. Yet, not Stay here

(Jesus prays silently, then during next musical interlude <after “Comfort Me” +2:20> gets up and goes to where the disciples have fallen asleep.) Jesus (with grief, fear, anger, self-pity...) Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. is willing, but the body is weak. (Jesus goes back and prays. Angel comes to minister to Jesus.) The spirit

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My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done. (Angel backs out at “Evermore” as music fades to “Amen” – final blessing hands) (After song, Jesus gets up and goes back to disciples. As He approaches them and begins to speak, the Centurion, legionaries, and a crowd, including Judas, Slave Malchus, and temple guards begin march to approach the garden.) <Cue Music: 09 (Drums & Horns)> Jesus Are you still sleeping? (Jesus goes to waken Peter. wakens other disciples. Some stand) Pause while Peter

Look, the hour is near, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. (Still trying to rouse other disciples. All stand) Rise, let us go. Here comes my betrayer. Narrator (after legionaries post above garden...) While he was speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, arrived. With him was a large crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests and the elders of the people. Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them. (Just outside the gate, Judas stops and talks to the centurions...) Judas The one I kiss is the man, arrest him. (Jesus and Judas approach each other to the mid point) Greetings, Rabbi. Jesus Friend, do what you came for. (Judas kisses Jesus and then steps away as the Roman Legion arrests Jesus. The disciples begin to resist but the legionaries hold them off and chase them back as two centurions begin to bind Jesus. Peter and John continue to scuffle with legionaries. Servant pushes Peter. He turns and cuts...) Narrator The men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him. With that one of Jesus’ companions reached for his sword, drew it out and struck the servant of the High Priest, cutting off his ear. (As Peter cuts off the ear, the centurions push Jesus away as they go toward the disciples. Jesus moves in between the centurions and the disciples.) Jesus (Standing between the centurions and the disciples) Put your sword back in its place, for all who draw the sword will die by the sword. (Jesus picks up the ear, touches the boy and heals him.) Jesus (Speaking to the disciples) This has all taken place that the writings of the prophets may be fulfilled. (The centurions chase off the disciples and then, grabbing Jesus, bind him and lead him away to the Sanhedrin.)

2007 Loudoun Passion Play – Director’s Technical Script Narrator Then all the disciples deserted him and fled. <Cue Music: 10 (Drums and Fanfare – Garden to High Priest)>

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Examination of Jesus by the High Priest
Narrator And these who had seized Jesus led Him away to Caiaphas, the High Priest, where the scribes and the elders were gathered together. Centurions take Jesus to the Sanhedrin, to the outer chamber, where one of the scribes or temple guards takes him onto the stage. Narrator But Peter also followed Him at a distance, as far as the courtyard of the High Priest, and going inside, he sat down with the officers to see the outcome. <This is on the upper room stage, where the table has been moved back to be a bench> (Peter sits with the Legionaries and Servant Girls.) (Several different Town's people come forward at temple, but the Sanhedrin shakes its head in disappointment after each one.) Now the chief priests and the whole council kept trying to obtain false testimony against Jesus, in order that they might put Him to death: and they did not find it, even though many false witnesses were present. <Pause> At last two came forward. <Cue End Music: 10 (Drums and Fanfare – Garden to High Priest)> (The 2 witnesses make their way to the entrance of the room where Jesus is being examined. When the narrator finishes they go up through the door and enter the room. One of the elders comes over and talks quietly with them and then looks at Caiaphas as if to say "we've got Him now!")

Witness # 1 (pointing at Jesus)
This man said "I am able to destroy the Temple of God, and ...and ... Witness # 2 (Witness # 1 appears to be searching for the words when Witness #2 cuts in and, pointing at Jesus, finishes the sentence) ...and to rebuild it in three days. Caiaphas Do you make no answer? against you? Narrator But Jesus kept silent. Caiaphas (becoming enraged) I charge you under oath by the Living God, tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God. Jesus You have said it yourself. I tell you; hereafter you shall see the son of man sitting at the right hand of power, and coming on the clouds of heaven. What is it that these people are testifying

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He has blasphemed! What further need have we for witnesses? (dismisses witnesses) Behold you have heard the blasphemy: what do you think? All elders He deserves death! (Immediately, Caiaphas pummels him and then the Elders jump up and attack Jesus, beating him while he is on the ground. Blood is applied to Jesus while he is on the ground.) Narrator And they spat in His face and beat Him with their fists, and others slapped Him. (Elders move away from Jesus lying on the ground) Caiaphas Prophesy to us, you Christ (Pause. Kick Jesus.) Who is the one who hit you? An elder summons the temple guards, who shackle Jesus against the wall stage right where he collapses and where he can witness upcoming Peter and Judas scenes. Caiaphas and the elders sit stage right. Narrator Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard, and a certain servant girl came to him and said, Servant Girl 1 (sitting on bench pointing at Peter and talking to legionary) You, too, were with Jesus the Galilean! Peter I do not know what you are talking about. Narrator And when he had gone out to the gateway, another servant girl saw him and spoke to those who were there... Servant Girl 2 (with a small crowd pointing at Peter and talking to legionary) This man was with Jesus of Nazareth Peter I tell you the truth... I do not know the man! Narrator And a little later the bystanders came up and said to Peter ... <Exchange takes place w/Jesus in background.> Servant Girl 3 Surely, you, too, are one of them: for the way you talk gives you away. Peter (making eye contact with Jesus) Woman, I swear it... I do not know the man! (Peter begins to flee...) <Cue Music: 11 (Rooster)> (...hears the crow, turns to Jesus)

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And Peter remembered the words Jesus had said, "Before a cock crows, you will deny me three times." And he went out and wept bitterly. (As the rooster crows, Jesus and Peter exchange glances. what has just happened, leaves sobbing.) <Cue Mic: Peter to Pilate> Narrator (Judas arrives at market stage and passes Jesus before entering the scene.) Now when morning had come, all the chief priests and the elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put Him to death. When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty silver coins to the chief priests and the elders. Judas (Staggers in, full of remorse) I have sinned, for I have betrayed innocent blood. Caiaphas What is that to us? Narrator So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. (Judas goes out through the crowd to act out what sin has brought him. Slumps over.) Then he went away and hanged himself. chief priests picked up the coins and said, (Priests pick up coins.) Elder 1 <Speaking into Caiaphas’ mic> It is against the law to put this into the treasury, since it is blood money. Narrator So they decided to use the money to buy the Potter's field as a burial place for foreigners. And they bound Jesus, and led Him away, and delivered Him up to Pilate the Governor. (Jesus is handed over to the Legionaries and taken to Pilate.) <Cue Music: 12 (quiet music – Jesus taken to Pilate)> <Cue Mic: Judas to Elder 1> (Judas exits through gate) The That's your responsibility. (Judas throws money onto stage toward priests.) Peter, realizing

The Trial of the Innocent
(Caiaphas and the elders mount Pilate's stage right and then legionaries lead Jesus up to Pilate stage left.) Cue Music: 13 (Pilate Entrance Fanfare (:44)) Narrator Now Jesus stood before the Governor, and the Governor questioned Him.

2007 Loudoun Passion Play – Director’s Technical Script Pilate Are you the King of the Jews? Jesus Yes, it is as you say. Elder 1 He claims to be a King! Elder 2 He opposes payment of taxes to Caesar! Caiaphas This Jesus is subverting our nation! Narrator

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But while He was being accused by the chief priests and the elders He made no answer. Pilate Don't you hear the testimony they bring against you? Narrator But Jesus did not answer him with regard to even a single charge, so the Governor was quite amazed. (Pilate speaks to centurion to bring Barabbas) Now at the feast, the Governor was accustomed to release for the crowd any one prisoner whom they wanted. So when they had gathered, Pilate posed the question. Pilate (To Caiaphas and Elders) Which one do you want me to release for you: is called Christ? (No answer from the crowd. announcement.) Narrator For he knew that it was out of envy that they had delivered him up. Besides while he was sitting on the Judgment seat, his wife sent word to him. (Servant delivers note to Pilate.) <Cue Sound: 14 (Woman's voice reading following...)> Pilate’s Wife Have nothing to do with that righteous man, for last night I suffered greatly in a dream because of him. (Barabbas is brought out, struggling. Fall subdued at bottom of stage right stairs. Caiaphas sends the priests/scribes/elders to work the crowd by walking through it, while he works it from the stage. Barrabas is brought up and pinned against a pillar, a sword to his throat.) Narrator But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas, and to put Jesus to death. Pilate Which of the two do you want me to release to you? Barabbas, or Jesus, who

Elders surprised, but pleased at this

2007 Loudoun Passion Play – Director’s Technical Script Crowd Barabbas!! Pilate What shall I do then with Jesus who is called Christ? Crowd Crucify him! Pilate Why? Crowd Crucify him! Narrator Crucify him! What crime has he done?

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And when Pilate saw that he was accomplishing nothing, but instead a riot was starting, he took the water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. Pilate I am innocent of the blood of this man. Caiaphas (Defiantly) His blood be on us... (jokingly to crowd) and on our children. Elders and Crowd His blood be on us and on our children! Narrator Then he released Barrabas for them. delivered over to be crucified. But Jesus he had flogged, and It is your responsibility.

(Barrabas is released from the stage to the cheering crowd. The legionaries take Jesus to the tree where they remove his outer garments, tie his hands to the tree and proceed to whip him.) <Cue Mic: Pilate to Tomb Angel> (After a sufficient time, the Centurion orders the guards to stop. Jesus is cut down and falls to the floor near death. While on the ground the legionaries apply more blood, especially to the forehead and arms.) <Cue Music: 14a (Flagellation (5:54)> Narrator And they called together all the centurions. And they dressed Him in a purple cloak, and after weaving a crown of thorns, they put it on Him. They knelt before him and mocked him. (The crown of thorns is placed on His head. Jesus is then given a staff and made to stand up and face the crowd. The purple robe is put on Him. He is mocked, slapped, whipped, hit and blasphemed.) Centurions Hail, King of the Jews! Prophesy to us great Messiah! Where is your God now, mighty King!? (Other Ad-lib curses)

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<The Narrator describes the scene as written below pacing the narration with the action.> (Legionaries continue with beating, laughter, pushing, mocking.) Narrator And they kept beating his head with a reed, and spitting at Him, and kneeling and bowing before him. And after they mocked Him, they removed his purple cloak, and led Him out to be crucified. Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. (Centurion sends Legionaries to get criminals. Criminals have head start.)

The Pathway of the Cross and The Crucifixion
(Jesus is then led down from the stage where he is given the crossbeam and led to Golgotha with two criminals. (Jesus falls 3 times on pathway to cross) <Cue Music: 15 (Via Dolorosa)> Narrator (When Jesus falls near Simon of Cyrene (2nd fall). <Music fades for narration> And they pressed into service a passerby coming from the country, Simon of Cyrene, that he might bear His cross. (Wait for Jesus to be near the base of the cross) A large number of people followed Him, including women who mourned and wailed for Him. (Jesus falls near Mary and the other women (3rd fall). Mary runs to help him up. The other women join in, crying out with loud lamentation as they are struck with the finality of the crucifixion. Legionaries start pulling women away. As Mary reaches out for her son...) Jesus Daughters of Jerusalem do not weep for me: weep for yourselves and for your Children. (Legionaries drag Jesus down to the cross while others push the women and bystanders back <to stage right> ) Narrator When they came to the place called the Skull, there they crucified him. Cue Music: 16 (Crucifixion) (Centurions finish nailing Jesus to the cross; women wail and men beat their chests. Priests and Pharisees shout insults. Jesus and the two criminals are lifted up on the crosses.) They crucified him along with the criminals, one on the right, and one on the left. Jesus Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing. (Centurions cast lots for the robe.) Narrator And they divided up His clothes by casting lots. watching, and the rulers even sneered at Him. (Caiaphas and Elder 1 approach cross together.) The people stood

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He saved others; let Him save Himself if He is the Christ of God, the Chosen One. Elder 1 (laughs at Caiaphas comment. Bitterly sarcastic...) <into Caiaphas mic> You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God! Narrator The soldiers also came up and mocked him. Centurion If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself. Narrator There was written notice above Him, which read, "Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews." One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at Him. Bad Thief (stage left) Aren't you the Christ? Good Thief (stage right) Don't you fear God since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong... Jesus; remember me when you come into your kingdom. <Mary moves toward cross of good thief, and John nearby> Jesus I tell you the truth; today you will be with me in paradise. Narrator Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother. When Jesus saw his mother standing there, and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby, He said to his mother, Jesus Woman, behold your son, (looking to the disciple John) and here is your mother. (John goes to Mary and embraces her. Starts to draw her away...) Narrator And from that time on this disciple took her into his home. It was now the sixth hour, and darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour, for the sun stopped shining. Jesus (in great anguish of soul) ELOI, ELOI, LAMA, SABACHTANI! the cross and her son) Narrator Which is, “My God, My God why have you forsaken me”. <Pause> of those standing near heard this, they said, When some (Mary pulls away from John to return to Save yourself... and us.

2007 Loudoun Passion Play – Director’s Technical Script Legionary Listen, he's calling Elijah. Narrator

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One man ran, filled a sponge with wine vinegar, put it on a stick, and offered it to Jesus to drink. <A legionary offers the sponge of vinegar to Jesus, who refuses it.> Legionary Let's see if Elijah comes to take Him down. <Cue Sound: 17 (Earthquake)> Narrator The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split. Jesus (calls out in a loud voice) Father, into your hands I commit my spirit. (Quieter, in anguish) It is finished. <Mary, in anguish, rushes to the foot of the cross> Narrator When He had said this, he breathed his last. <Pause> seeing what had happened, praised God. Centurion Surely this was the Son of God. <John goes to Mary to take her away from the cross> Narrator When all the people who had gathered to witness this saw what had taken place, they beat their breasts and went away. But all those who knew Him, including the women who had followed Him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things. <Cue Music: 21 and “O Sacred Head” (funeral dirge – down from cross and carried to tomb)> <Cue: Joseph of Arimathea (with blanket, scroll, funereal clothes)> <Cue Mics: Elder 1 to John Caiaphas to Cleopas> (Jesus is taken down from the cross. For a moment, His mother is able to hold him on her lap in full view of the crowd. Wait before beginning narration...) Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the council, who was himself a secret disciple of Jesus, with Pilate’s permission came bearing linen cloth and myrrh and took the body to be buried. (Joseph of Arimathea arrives with blanket and shows Centurion letter from Pilate allowing him to take Jesus’ body for burial. Then Jesus is placed in the blanket (with his sandals) and carried to the tomb.) The centurion,

2007 Loudoun Passion Play – Director’s Technical Script The Tomb Stage Narrator (as funeral procession reaches front of tomb)

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At the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had ever been laid. Because it was the Jewish day of preparation and since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there. (After Jesus' body is placed in the tomb (with sandals and blanket), the stone is rolled into place. Disciples lead Mary away. Jesus puts on robe, makes his way to the upper room, and begins cleaning up. He hides on this set amongst the disciples. After some time the legionary guards take their places and seal the tomb to ensure its security.) <Cue Music (continued): 21 (funeral dirge)>

The Discovery of the Empty Tomb
Narrator Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, the women were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?” (Women see guards and stone, fall to their knees in anguish, faces to the ground) <Cue Sound: 22 (Earthquake) During narration, Earthquake sound builds to crescendo and fades> And behold there was a great earthquake: for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone. (Legionaries stumble away from tomb to position themselves to attack the angel. Women keep their heads buried. Angel pushes over stone and appears from the tomb.) The angel's appearance was like lightning, the raiment white as snow. And for fear of the angel, the guards trembled and became like dead men. (Legionaries attack the angel, who sends them flying with a wave of its hand. Then he turns to comfort the women who now look up.) When the women looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. They saw an angel dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. Angel (comforting, and with joy) Do not be afraid; for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He has risen as He said. Come; see the place where He lay. (The women look into the tomb and take the burial shrouds out with them.) Angel (with joy and with pride at being the chosen messenger) Now go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead. And behold, He is going before you to Galilee; there you will see Him. Lo, I have told you. <Cue Music: 23 (Morning Has Broken)> Narrator So they departed from the tomb with fear and great joy, and went to tell His disciples that He had risen. (Women at the tomb work the crowd with phrases like: "Jesus is alive!", "Jesus has risen from the dead!", "Jesus is not in the tomb!", "Our Lord is

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alive!", and lead them from the tomb toward the upper room. Women meet Peter and John on their way to the tomb. Return downstage with them.) Narrator: (Signal for Narrator is when Mary and Peter meet.) When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the "Eleven" and to all the others. But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense.

Upper Room
(The disciples and women are huddled in fear in the upper room quietly talking in small groups. They are obviously amazed but also confused, afraid, and disheartened.) Narrator (Moves in front of disciples and women in upper room. Delivers line while pointing out the disciples and moving away toward stage left.) The following week, on the evening of the first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, there was another knock on the door. John (Whispers hoarsely) Who is it? Cleopas (Stage whispers back) It's Simon and me! (John quickly opens, peeks, lets Simon and Cleopas in, and re-locks door) Cleopas (Excitedly) It's true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon! Disciples (All mutter in disbelief again) Simon He did! We both saw Him... Cleopas (Interrupts) We were with him... Simon He talked with us... Cleopas (Interrupts) Even broke bread with us and... (Continues speaking softer) Narrator (Voiceover) Then the two told what happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when He broke bread with them. While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said, Jesus (Appears in their midst, disciples are frightened and fall away) Peace be with you! <Pause> Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have. (Jesus shows his hands and side to Thomas and the others)

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Because you have seen me, you believe; blessed are those who have not seen yet have believed. Disciples Jesus! (Disciples spend time touching, hugging, and greeting Jesus. There is laughing and sounds of joy coming from the group.) (Jesus steps to front of stage and points back to disciples and addresses the audience.) Jesus Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you. (Jesus steps backward to the back of the set as the disciple step in front of him hiding him from the audience.) <Cue stage direction: All actors quietly take positions on the Temple Market stage and the Pilate stage during the next narration.> Narrator Jesus appeared to his disciples and over 500 others before he was taken up into heaven, where he sits at the right hand of God. The bible tells us that if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is the Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. You have crossed over from death into life eternal. Remember, Jesus left heaven and came to earth because he loves you. He proved his love for you by dying on the cross. Come celebrate with us because: <Pauses - all disciples and actors shout in unison with the narrator> Everyone He - Is - Alive! (Disciples part and Jesus steps forward) <Cue Music: 24 (Ending Music)> (All the Town's children run up to be with Jesus) <Sound Cue: Remainder of Exit/Ending music>