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Passion Drama set at Zion Lutheran

Contributed photo by Jeff Roste

Zion Lutheran and Good Shepherd Lutheran churches of Alexandria are preparing for the upcoming Passion Drama.

Church members erected a 40-foot wall of Jerusalem last weekend at 300 Lake Street, which will act as the main entry to the outdoor drama.

The wall will be guarded one week prior to the event by a Roman centurion soldier from 4:30 to 6 p.m. daily. ??

The outdoor Passion Drama, now in its 14th year, is a 15-minute free, guided tour of Jesus' last days on earth from the birth of Christ to the Ascension.

This year's drama will be Sunday, March 28 from 2 to 5 p.m. and Tuesday, March 30 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wheelchairs and blankets will be available for the physically challenged.

A new twist to the presentation this year will include a retired Roman centurian soldier who will speak to the crowds waiting to enter Jeruselem. He will brief those in line about how he became part of history.

Returning from last year will be Dr. Mark Schuler, professor of theology at Concordia College in St. Paul. Dr. Schuler will again show those in attendance some of the signs and customs of those who lived during Jesus' time on earth.

The two-day Passion Drama draws nearly 2,500 people from a five-state area. It is held at 300 Lake Street in Alexandria.