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At St. John's, a powerful recreation of crucifixion

St. John the Evangelist Parish presented a moving reenactment of the Passion of Christ, a dramatic performance depicting the trial, suffering, crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. There were elaborate costumes, music and set designs with dozens of actors that realistically portrayed the last hours of Jesus's life before his resurrection.

In an interview right before the play on Friday, Eulogio Arreola, sound technician and set designer, said, "We have been preparing since Lent started about 40 days ago. We've all participated for many years and were excited to perform again this year, which we have done year after year, nonstop, since 1998."

For those who attended, it was an extension of their faith and a way to celebrate Easter.

"I came to show my kids what Easter is all about, which is Jesus's death and resurrection to save us," Jenny Garcia said.

"I've come multiple times, and each time, it's a beautiful story that shouldn't be forgotten. It's meaningful because, in a religious sense, it teaches you the meaning of love and compassion that God has for us all."

Some came because they were curious. Nati Crane said, "I came here to support with family and friends. I'm not Catholic, but I wanted to learn about the story of the Passion of Christ. It's great to see everyone come together to celebrate the spirit of Easter."

Another spectator, Alyse Biggs, added, "I'm here to show enthusiasm for the community and watch the reenactment of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ since I haven't seen it since I was little. Also, I'm Christian and wanted to learn more about the Catholic faith."

Many who saw the performance agreed that it was well produced. Juan Pablo Sanchez was one of them. He said his favorite part was when Jesus Christ carried the cross.

"It was very realistic. I loved all of the acting, especially the soldiers. They played their roles well. I liked the costumes and the fake blood. The character that played Jesus did a good job. The narration was great, and the sound and music were on point and flowed with the acting. Overall, it was a fantastic production, and you could tell that the actors put a lot of hard work and effort into it."

The star of the production was Emmanuel Hernandez, who played Jesus. "It was spiritual and touched the hearts of many people around the passion and death of Jesus Christ."

"I have spent almost 12 years playing this part, and I keep doing it because it is an honor and a privilege. I especially try to reach the youth because they are the ones that most need Jesus Christ, and I leave them with the message that having God in your life means you lack nothing."


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