Acting With Passion

In some parts of Europe, local people put on traditional plays enacting the story of the Passion - the events leading up to Jesus' crucifixion. In the village of Oberammergau in southern Germany the Passion play has been staged regularly ever since the people escaped the plague in 1633. The play is now produced every ten years.

This scene is set in the disciple Simon's house

This scene is set in the disciple Simon's house

The performing arts

Music has been a part of Christian worship for centuries, and many composers in the Middle Ages were monks who spent their lives writing and singing church music. But from the beginning, religious music influenced other types of music, from extravagant choral pieces to dances and popular songs. Drama has also been influenced by Christianity for hundreds of years, and there are numerous famous films and plays with religious themes.

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