FR PAT Burns, PP of Pallasgreen/Templebraden, hopes that Passion 2014 will have a lasting effect for good on the parish community.
In a world first the Passion of Our Lord will be recreated over 24 hours in Nicker on Holy Thursday and Good Friday, April 17 and 18. It will include the flogging of Jesus, a crown of thorns placed upon his head and being put up on the cross.
Cast and organisers have been working hard on the performance of a lifetime for months. The official launch takes place in the Ballykisteen Hotel on Friday, February 28 at 8pm. One of the PROs, Ger O’Connell said attendees will witness an hour and a half excerpt.
“Powerful scenes include coming from the garden of Gethsemane to the trial with Pontius Pilate and torture of Jesus. It will be acted out in a transformed function room. All are welcome,” said Ger, who promises “something special”.
Fr Burns has been behind Passion 2014 from day one but wasn’t totally surprised when he heard about the huge undertaking.
“Ever since I arrived in the parish I was aware of Eamonn Harty’s dream and ambition to produce the story of the final days and hours in the life of Jesus. However, the more one reflects on it the more one realises just how huge an undertaking it is.
“First of all there is a sizeable cost involved and I know any monetary support would be greatly appreciated. The actors have to try and express something of the emotional and spiritual turmoil as well as the physical aspects of all that occurred over these days while the production crew have to meet all the challenges that an outdoor presentation like this puts before them.
“One of the great challenges is working within the confined spaces where the story will unfold and accommodating those who will attend. It will need the help and support of the whole community particularly when it comes to stewarding,” said Fr Burns. He wished Eamon and all who are involved the very best.
“I hope it captures the minds and hearts of the wider community. For me it is not about the numbers who attend rather that it will help those present on their own journey through life and particularly anyone for whom the cross and suffering is very real just now. Nicker church will remain open from Thursday night into Friday morning. I hope that people will volunteer to spend some time, possibly an hour in prayer and reflection right through the night. My hope is that it will have a lasting effect for good on our parish community,” said Fr Burns.