Catholic parishioners reenact the Crucifixion

Published 2:45 pm Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Hispanic parishioners of Mother of Mercy Catholic Church in Washington conducted the “Living Stations of the Cross” for the second year in a row. The reenactment tells the story of the Son of God, who was sent into the world to die on the cross for the sins of all mankind.

To read about the crucifixion of Jesus is an intellectual exercise, but to see the Crucifixion is an emotional experience which causes you to examine yourself in light of your behavior. And that is exactly what the Hispanic community in our church has caused us to experience in a beautifully personal way.

At least 50 or more Hispanic parishioners too part in the religious reenactment. Lupe Olivares was the production director, and her husband, Gerardo, play the part of Jesus. This endeavor involved a lot of focus, discipline and cooperation by all who participated in the production. A big part of the process was making sure everyone learned their lines.

Patricia Rangel handmade all the period clothing and other gear used to make the reenactment as authentic as possible.

Mother of Mercy Catholic Church will be presenting the Passion of Christ for years to come because our priest, Father Brendan Buckler, and our parishioners see the reenactment as a ministry that will impact people for years to come.

Using scripture, religious material and notes from the film “Passion of the Christ,” a movie by Mel Gibson, the reenactment follow the life of Christ form the Last Supper to the time of his passion and death.

Everyone at Mother of Mercy Church appreciates all of the work and love that our Hispanic-American parishioners have shown our church and community, and we give thanks to God for every one of them.

Carol Montgomery is a parishioner of Mother of Mercy Catholic Church in Washington.