‘A beautiful disaster’

   The Passion of Jesus finds a moving portrayal in the story presented by members of Life Teen annually on the evening of Good Friday at Holy Family Church in Syracuse.

   The 40-minute presentation at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 14, is free and open to the public and is suitable for all ages. 

   Under the direction of youth minister Chris Spilka, the teens picture themselves as the characters. The young people are encouraged to watch the movie The Passion of the Christ and to attend the weekly Stations of the Cross, drawing closer to the message and allowing themselves to feel it.   

   Spilka finds himself in awe of the teens as they work hard at practices and abandon themselves to the meaning and emotion of the central event of our lives. They are challenged to connect with the trepidation of Peter at his denial of Christ. They are charged to think upon and feel for Christ at each station on His road to Calvary and also to identify with the persons committing the indignities. 

   The biggest sign of love and sacrifice ever is in Spilka’s words “a beautiful disaster.”

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