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Via Dolorosa –The Shadow Play by Youth of the Good Shepherd Catholic Church

The season of Lent is a time of fasting, prayer and reflection. As such the youth of Good Shepherd Church decided to stage a shadow play entitled Via Dolorosa. Via Dolorosa is the street in Jerusalem believed to have been the route that Jesus walked on His way to Calvary to be crucified. Since

not everyone has the chance to walk where Jesus walked, the youths of Good Shepherd Church invited the parishioners to reflect on Jesus’ every step, every fall, every bead of sweat, tears and blood with Mary as they staged “Mary’s Way of the Cross”.

It depicts the Stations of the Cross from Mary’s perspective as she walks the road to Calvary alongside Jesus. The play emphasized how Mary surrendered her every thought, her every excruciating pain watching her only Son suffer immense pain and suffering. Each station emphasized Mary’s surrendering words: “I knew it has to be, so I walked on silently”.

This is the second time the youths have staged this play and this time it was performed in Tamil on 6th April 2017, English on 8th April 2017 and Bahasa Malaysia on 9th April 2017. There were 37 young people who were involved in the play from all three language groups. They spent about a month practicing and perfecting their skills. A total of 150 parishioners turned up to support them over the three days. It was such a moving performance that one could hear the audience whimpering; even the narrators, performers and everyone backstage were in tears. The cast were able to get into their characters so well that the audience were able to experience such deep emotions. The youths also did an awesome job on the captivating music which was composed by Anson and Adelle and sung by Adelle and Judy.

The play ended with silent reflection where the audience were invited to stay on to pray at the little altar that was set up near the statue of Our Lady at the corner of the hall. The youth decided to never introduce the cast as they wanted the audience to see Jesus and Mary in the play, not the individuals who played each character and anyone who was there could see that they achieved it well.

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Santini

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