Bringing Easter to life
With snow in the forecast, the weather may have scared off a few people, but the outdoor Passion Drama still attracted good-sized crowds in Alexandria on Sunday and Tuesday.
A total of 2,156 people turned out for both days of the event - the 15th annual. That's a little down from previous years, like last year when temperatures hit 70 degrees for the Tuesday presentation, which helped boost the total attendance to nearly 2,900.
The presentation was every bit as powerful as in the past, reminding people of the true meaning of Easter - a message of hope, forgiveness, renewal and resurrection.
Members of Zion and Good Shepherd Lutheran churches present the Passion Drama, reenacting key stages in the life of Jesus Christ, from his birth to his crucifixion and ascension.
The 20-minute guided tour brought attendees through 13 scenes.
A new addition this year was Peter, one of Jesus' disciples, who spoke to the crowd as they were waiting in line.
Another change was to have Jesus face the crowd during the scene where he is whipped by soldiers, allowing people to better imagine the pain he endured during his sacrifice.
The drama involved more than 150 volunteer members from both churches.
Zion and Good Shepherd will continue their Easter observance with their "Guarding of the Tomb" reenactment this weekend. Volunteers will stand outside a makeshift tomb starting today, Good Friday, at noon and continuing until 5 a.m. Easter morning.
People are encouraged to drive by 3rd Avenue and Lake Street to view the presentation and are welcome to stop and talk with the soldiers about the message of Easter.