THE CAST of “A Passion for the Christ,” performed at the First Parish Congregational Church, gathered for a photo at the close of the Thursday, March 29 performance. A second and final performance is scheduled for tonight at 7 p.m. (Gail Lowe Photo)

Published in the March 30, 2018 edition.


WAKEFIELD — In preparation for Easter Sunday, this year to be celebrated on April 1, members of the First Parish Congregational Church presented “A Passion for the Christ” Thursday night, March 29.

A second and final performance is scheduled for tonight at 7 p.m.

The story of Jesus’ final days in Jerusalem are played out with a series of monologues delivered by Jesus’ disciples; Caiaphas, the high priest; an adulteress; Mary, mother of Jesus; Judas, betrayer of Jesus; Martha and Lazarus, friends of Jesus; Pontius Pilate and several other characters from the New Testament. The time and setting for the performance is Saturday night in Jerusalem. Jesus has been crucified and is lying in a tomb. The streets are quiet, and reactions to His death are mixed.

The program opens with a song titled “Come as You Are,” sung by Doug Jackson.

Cast members include Chip Black, Leith Jones III, Dom Mercurio, Mark Hatheway, Teddie Fitzpatrick, Evangeline Brown, Rachel Hatheway, Russell Porter, Ryan Peiffer, Tony Romano, Doug, Jackson, Paul Somers, Merrie Black, Maddie Albushies, Maddie Black, Lilah Hatheway, Susie Black, Jacob Jackson, Andrew Black, Jennifer Black and Dom Mercurio.

Last night’s program ended with “Death was Arrested,” also sung by Jackson and an invitation from interim Pastor Robert Leroe to attend Easter services on Sunday, April 1.

A sunrise service will be held at 6 a.m. on the shores of Lake Quannapowitt. The regular service will be held at 10:30 a.m.