Head over to the city centre this Good Friday and celebrate the true meaning of Easter with Christ in the Centre.
Members of the public will be able to view a full dramatic recreation of the last week of Jesus’s life in a special showcase titled ‘Passion Play’ at the event being held in Humberstone Gate, Leicester on April 6th between 10.30am and 12noon.
A prayer tent will also be set up outside the Humberstone Gate area where volunteers from Christ in the Centre will be on hand to answer any questions people may have.
While for many the meaning of Easter is associated with chocolate eggs, for Christians it marks one of the most important days in the year, where they remember Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection.
Canon Barry Naylor, chair of the event’s organising committee, said: “We know from the fabulous feedback we get every year what a special place Christ in the Centre holds in their hearts. Every year it generates an extraordinary response from the audience, and reminds all those who witness it of the true meaning of Easter.
The underlying message of Easter is hope, and Mr Naylor added: “In the current economic climate and with so many people worrying about the future, the message of hope for the future is very relevant.”
Ten years ago the event kick-started with a play performed by drama group Sword from St Wilfrid’s Church in Kibworth. Over time the event has grown significantly and now includes a cast of 40 people, with around 100 volunteers in total.
Around 10,000 people are estimated to gather in Humberstone Gate to watch ‘Passion Play’, which costs the organisers almost £40,000 a year to stage.
Press coordinator, Jonathan Wheeler said: “I love being involved with it. This time next week there’ll be that feeling of wow when you know you’re part of something really special.
“We have a multi-faith and multicultural audience at the event, which is a great celebration of one of the most important festivals in the Christian calendar.”