Holy Week, Passion of Christ in San Antonio Tlayacapan

On Holy Thursday, I had the opportunity to attend the theatrical representation of the Passion of Christ  in San Antonio Tlayacapan.  A good friend from work has been a part of the organizational committee for the past four years. She said Ms. Victoria Corona passed on the torch to four local youth after 30 years of being at the forefront of this celebration. It gave me great pleasure to find many friends and local people whom I did not know were involved in this event. I was happy to see them together as a community in an effort to continue this annual tradition.

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The event started at 8:30 p.m. and ended at 11:00 p.m. I never imagined so many people would attend. My friend and I arrived early; we couldn't believe how many people were already present. They filled up more than a block with people lined up in two rows! About 80 percent of the people were already there and there was seating for over 1000 people set up in the grounds of the Cuauhtémoc Elementary School in front of the Saint Anthony of Padua parish. There was also seating available for another 100 persons outside the parish where the play was performed live.

My friend Raul had already explained the efforts needed to bring this performance to life but it surpassed my expectations. My friend and I were impressed with the quality of the costumes and performance. What I liked most was working with a team of more than 110 persons — actors and staff — to make this Passion Play possible. It was great seeing the happy faces of spectators, actors and organizers who brought this majestic event to life. Through this reverent event, our community is recognized in all of lakeside.

I leave you with some photos and hope that you don't miss next year’s event. The music for this year’s event included an original composition by Paris Díaz and performed by the CREM (an orchestra of local young people).