Linda Smith, Staff Writer
This past Palm Sunday, Holy Trinity Seminary hosted a Living Stations of the Cross. Student actors portrayed each of the 13 stations, which show Christ’s journey carrying the cross to his crucifixion. Many students attended because they considered it a good transition into Holy Week.
In the performance, actors posed in positions that imitated each Station. While the actors posed, a speaker read a prayer and a reflection. Then, as the schola sang the “Stabat Mater,” the lights dimmed and the actors transitioned to the next station.
“I went to the Stations because it is another way to be active in my faith,” said junior Christina Nguyen. “Taking an hour out of the day to see the Passion of Christ that people have volunteered their time to share with us is a beautiful act of service.”
The gravity of the story took on a different magnitude when seen with actual people. The performance helped to bring the story of the Passion to the forefront of many people’s minds for Holy Week.
“I thought it was really well done,” said sophomore Ann Kuehl. “It was especially powerful that the stations were represented by real people because the performance made the extreme reality of Christ’s Passion that much more tangible.”
Jospeh Sigur, a junior at the seminary, directed the event. Preparations began three weeks ago, when Sigur called practices every Sunday afternoon. All of the male actors and singers were current seminarians, while the female actors were cast from the University of Dallas student body.
“The readers and the actors did a great job in invoking the powerful emotions necessary for the Living Stations to be so realistic and powerful for us, as viewers,” said Nguyen. “They worked hard on getting each scene perfect and really showing what Christ did for us and what God asks of us as each Station was read.”
Even if students missed this year’s Living Stations of the Cross, Nguyen said that students should try to see the performance at some point.
“I would encourage any student to go to the Living Stations at least once during their time at UD,” said Nguyen. “It shows a great sense of community because we are supporting Holy Trinity Seminary and other UD students in the skit. Also, it is a great way to prepare yourself in prayer for Holy Week.”