My friend told me she was going to a little village in Germany to watch a Passion play that is presented every ten years as a vow to God to keep them safe from the Bubonic Plague. “What’s a Passion play,” I asked. She told me it’s the Easter story where Jesus is arrested, put on trial, and crucified. “It’s such a sad story, not one I feel passionate about.”
“Passion in Latin means suffering,” she explained. The above conversation took place years ago, and it came to mind because this year is one of the towns anniversary years, and the world is experiencing a plague of our own.
The Oberammergau history according to; https://2020-oberammergau.com/history/– In the 17th century the thirty years’ war took place (1618-1648) in central Europe and was one of history’s most devastating. As a result of the war, poverty and disease was widespread and thousands died as a result of the plague. In the small village of Oberammergau alone there were 80 deaths. During this time of suffering the citizens of Oberammergau made a sacred pledge that every 10 years they would perform a “Play of the Suffering, Death and Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ” if God would protect them from the plague. Legend has it that after the vow was made, there was not even one further case of Bubonic Plague in the village and those town members that already were afflicted recovered.
Oberammergau passion play history – The promise was fulfilled for the first time during Pentecost in 1634 and every 10 years since, the villagers of Oberammergau have continued to implement their pledge with the exception of 1940 when the play was cancelled due to World War 2.
This tradition has continued over 4 centuries with only residents of Oberammergau permitted to actually take part. The participants devote a year of their lives to re-enact the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, the Easter story. All of the people taking part in the Passion play or as it is known in German “Passionsspiele” are ordinary people who carry on pursuing their normal everyday lives such as doctors, teachers, housewives etc. All the main speaking parts have always been filled by actors who were born in Oberammergau or have lived there for at least 20 years. This custom has remained throughout the 380 years since this world famous Passion Play was first performed and has become a part of their Easter story.
Watch this trailer for The Passion Play https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kA1asVO4eIU&feature=youtu.be The Passion Play of Oberammergau
What insights have you received from praying about this virus? My go to Bible verse comes from Psalm 91
Whoever goes to the Lord for safety,
whoever remains under the protection of the Almighty,
can say to him,
"You are my defender and protector.
You are my God; in you I trust."
He will keep you safe from all hidden dangers
and from all deadly diseases.
He will cover you with his wings;
you will be safe in his care;
Wishing you and yours a Happy Easter!
Jenny Morris has a BA degree in social work, and added the most important element, God, as the ultimate healer. How could any difficulty be resolved without prayer for the right solutions?
Jenny received her CCLC, MCLC, Stress Relief Coach© and Quasar Life Coach© certification, then developed the Relationship Communication Specialist© training and certification program in collaboration with Dr. Leelo Bush.
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