Children give poignant portrayal of the Passion

The final days of Jesus’ life on earth — including the Last Supper, the scourging and crucifixion — were captured in poignant and dramatic tableaus on Good Friday by eighth-graders who attend John Paul II Academy.

The eighth-graders, who were Confirmed recently, presented the Passion in the sanctuary of St. Pius X Church, which shares a campus with the regional school. They were directed by Father William Burks, pastor of St. Pius. It’s an annual tradition he started at the school and something the children look forward to each year, Father Burks said. The performance held the attention of the younger students who followed the Passion in total silence.

The cast was led by Cameron Short, who portrayed Christ’s sacrifice. Pontius Pilate was played by Mary Bays, Brent Donoho portrayed Judas, Cecelia Lincoln portrayed Mary, Joe Metzger played Simon Peter and John Tino played Simon of Cyrene.

Record Photos by Marnie McAllister

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