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Notes:  The readers have specific characteristics; number one is reflective and young.  Number two is angry and outspoken.  Number 3 is worldy-wise and perhaps a bit cynical.  He doesn’t always sneer, but he might.  Just as number 2 doesn’t always shout – but he might.  And number one is not often far from tears. 

Without action, the words must communicate the drama of the story, and so clear diction (speech) is essential.  This will come with familiarity with your lines and confidence in the arc of the story. 

Remember also that you are telling part of the story in the context of a bigger production.  Your part is important, but it doesn’t all rest on you. 

1. It was a day like any other

2. it was the day the world ended.

3. It was the day of

A. the passion!

1. Passion

2. From the Latin, Passio

3. It means

A. Suffering…

1. They came in the night

2. they came as a mob

3. with torches and clubs

2. The traitor led them,

A. Judas,

1. our friend.

3. He kissed him

2. He betrayed him.

A. And they took him

1. And we fled.

2. But not all of us!

3. No, three of us followed after.

2. One was chased away, naked.

1. Two followed right into the high priest’s house,

3. and betrayed him again

A. woman, I swear to you, I don’t know him!

1. He looked at us.

2. He heard us

3. We all, like sheep, have gone astray.

1. There was a trial.

3. Sort of.

1. They lied.

2. They blindfolded and beat him!

1. and they took him away

3. They took him to Pilate; they said

A. “We have no law to put a man to death”

3. and they wanted him dead.

1. Pilate found no wrong in him,

2. He offered to release Jesus

3. But the priests and the elders stirred up the crowd

2. They called for Barabbas instead,

3. The terrorist.

1. And so Pilate’s hands were tied

3. He washed his hands of Jesus’ death

1. and he gave the orders

2. and Jesus was beaten; whipped

A. so the flesh fell from his back like snow

1. clothed in a royal robe

2. a crown of thorns pressed into his head,

3. mocked by the soldiers around him

A. and lead out to die.

1. They took him to the place of the skull

A. Golgotha.

1. They nailed him to the tree

A. at Golgotha

1. They lifted him up

A. on Golgotha

1. and hung him there!

3. he took a long time to die.

1. He spoke; he said

A. Father forgive them, they know not what they do.

2. Oh, God forgive me!

1. He turned to the thief who hung beside him,

3. The thief who asked to be remembered when he came in his Kingdom!

2. He said

A. I tell you today you shall be with me in Paradise

3. He saw his mother and he saw John standing nearby, He said

A. Behold your son; behold your mother.

1. and all this time he hung on the cross

2. and the soldiers gambled for his clothes,

3. and the priests mocked him from the sidelines

2. and the sun was hidden by the clouds, and he cried out

A. My God, My God, Why have you forsaken me?!

1. and the blood fell from his hands, his feet,

2. the blood ran from his brow like sweat

1. I thirst, he said.

3. and they lifted a sponge of wine to his lips.

2. Then he gave a great cry!

A. It is finished!

1. Father

A.  Into your hands I give

1. my Spirit.