Passion Play returns to downtown San Antonio on Good Friday after a 2-year hiatus

SAN ANTONIO – After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Passion Play returns to downtown San Antonio on Friday.

Thousands of spectators are expected to take to the streets of downtown San Antonio for the Good Friday tradition that recreates the trial and crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

The San Antonio Passion Play dates back to 1983, when the wooden cross carried by the actor playing Jesus weighed 150 pounds, compared to the 50-pound cross used today.

Notice to younger or more sensitive audiences, the piece is very graphic due to the nature of the story.

Jesus is condemned to death and forced to carry his cross. He falls several times and is stripped of his clothes, after which he is nailed to the cross, and then his body is lowered after his death.

The coin depicts Pontius Pilate washing his hands and Mary, the mother of Jesus, holding the body of her son after he was taken from the cross.

This year’s play is directed by San Fernando Cathedral parishioner Edgar Holguin. Parishioners John Austin and Loreily Ortiz will embody Jesus and Mary.

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The route will start at Milam Park then go to Santa Rosa Street, down Travis Street, down Flores, to Dolorosa, then to Main Plaza where the crucifixion will be depicted in front of San Fernando Cathedral.

More details are expected to be announced at a press conference on Wednesday morning.

Here is a complete list of Easter services offered by San Fernando Cathedral this week:

April 14 – Maundy Thursday

• 5:00 p.m. Reconciliation (confessions) in the main square

• 7:00 pm Mass of the Last Supper and Washing of the Feet (Bilingual); Bishop Gustavo García-Siller, celebrant. After the mass, reconstruction of the arrest of Jesus in the main square.

• 8:30 p.m. Arrest of Jesus in the main square

• From 9:00 p.m. to midnight, the Blessed Sacrament will be at the Altar of Rest in Plaza de la Cruz.

April 15 – Good Friday

• 9:30 a.m. Ecumenical prayer service at Milam Park (bilingual)

• 10:00 a.m. Beginning of the reconstruction of the Passion of Christ (Spanish) at Milam Park

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• 10:30 a.m. The procession begins in Milam Park and ends in the main square

• 12:00 p.m. Crucifixion of Jesus in front of the Cathedral of San Fernando

• 12.15 p.m. Stations of the Cross inside the cathedral

• 1:00 p.m. Las Siete Palabras (Seven Last Words) (mainly in Spanish) moderated by Father Carlos Velázquez, Rector

• 2:30 p.m. Celebration of the Passion of the Lord (Bilingual) with Bishop Gustavo García-Siller

• 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Reconciliation (confessions) in the main square

• 6:30 p.m. Pésame Service (Prayer with the Sorrowful Mother) – (Spanish)

April 16 – Holy Saturday

• 8:30 p.m. Easter Vigil (bilingual); Bishop Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS, celebrant

April 17 – Easter Sunday Masses

• Mass at 8:00 a.m. (bilingual, televised) Bishop Gustavo García-Siller, celebrant

• 10:00 a.m. Mass (in English) Bishop Gustavo García-Siller, celebrant

• Midday Mass (Spanish)

• Mass at 2 p.m. (English)

• Mass at 5:00 p.m. (bilingual)


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