|The live representation of the Passion gathered 15,000 spectators.|
April 29, 2011. Los Angeles, California. One of the most
moving traditions of Hispanic faith communities, both in the United
States and in Latin America, is the emphasis on reliving
the Passion of Christ in the most realistic way possible.
Volunteers come forward for all of the major roles: one
brave man always plays the role of Jesus, walking barefoot
and carrying a real cross on which he is tied
up. Other volunteers dress up as Roman soldiers, brandishing swords
and bullying Jesus along the Via Crucis. Women come forward
as the Mother of Jesus, Veronica, Mary Magdalene, and the
holy women who weep alongside Jesus as he stumbles along.
The live Stations are a tangible expression of faith, and
the time in which they unfold is an opportunity to
pray and reflect.
In order to encourage this spirit of prayer
and remembrance, Hombre Nuevo and Guadalupe Radio organized the 19th
annual Cristo Vive Passion play, “Weep for the Passion, Live
His Victory” in Industry Hills in Los Angeles, California. The
group of over 200 actors put on a total of
three presentations from April 16-17, with over 15,000 spectators attending.
Some of the audience included priests and religious who commented
that Hombre Nuevo and Guadalupe Radio are doing a real
service, evangelizing through the mass media. In keeping with this
mission of evangelization, various books, CDs, DVDs, and other faith
formation materials were available for sale during the show.
more about how Hombre Nuevo and Guadalupe Radio are evangelizing
Hispanic audiences, visit the web sites at www.hombrenuevo.net and