THE epic story of the last hours of Christ is to be retold on the streets of Gloucester on Good Friday.
The event has been billed by organisers as a chance for people to relive the events of the first Good Friday – from Jesus’ sentencing by Pilate to his Crucifixion.
Performed by people from the Christian community, the event is a first for Gloucester Cathedral and the city’s churches who have come together for the brand new telling of the Passion.
Writer and director Rachel Murray said: “This is going to be a provocative production, even in rehearsal on the streets, people have been profoundly affected.
“All are welcome to come along, engage with a big community project, be part of the action by joining the cast and crowd and accompany Jesus in the final hours of his life.”
Meanwhile, the Bishop of Gloucester has taken to YouTube to tell people who he believes Jesus is.
The Right Revd Michael Perham was participating in a campaign taking place across the Diocese of Gloucester in which people were asked who they think Jesus is.
Answers have included a “good man, teacher and miracle worker” and the “Son of God”, as well as “part of mankind’s biggest con”.
Others to have taken part include the Dean of Gloucester, the Very Revd Stephen Lake and The Archdeacon of Cheltenham, the Venerable Robert Springett.
Speaking on YouTube, he said: “The crucial thing about Jesus is that through Jesus we see what God, who we cannot see, is like and the really important thing for Christians, is that it is Jesus is, not Jesus was.
“Jesus is the one we can meet through prayer, bible study.
“Some people would want if they were only allowed one line, they would want a personal one, saying that Jesus is my saviour, Jesus is my Lord.
“Jesus is the one that shows us God.”
The re-telling of the Passion will begin at 10am on April 18 at the Gate of Gloucester Cathedral.
To take part in the Jesus Is campaign online follow @glosdioc #Jesusis
To watch the video visit gloucestercitizen.co.uk