by Eva Arsenault of St. Charles Parish
Years ago, St. Charles parishioners created and produced a tableau version of the Stations of the Cross which they performed on Fridays in Lent. It was very popular and had many attendees from within the parish as well as from around the city.
The Stations of the Cross represent the path Jesus travelled on his way to the crucifixion. They involve Jesus enduring suffering, insults, moments of support, and relay the intense sacrifice that Christians believe Jesus undertook for human salvation.
In the tableau version, each station is depicted with the actors posed and silent.
Lorraine Thibert, the producer, was asked why she is spearheading this production. She said, “I decided a few years ago that when I retired I would do what I could to reinstate the Living Stations of the Cross - something that our parish had done in the past. Although it has been almost two decades, I still remember the impact of the lights coming on and seeing living beings posed in a scene. The first station depicted Pilate with his hands over a bowl, looking at a tied and beaten Jesus. It took my breath away, it made it real. Because it was a tableau style, there was time to reflect on the scene, since there was no acting to critique. I just listened to Jesus's reflections during the scene. It was very moving. I retired in January and so here we go!”
This presentation is planned for March 20, March 27 and April 3 at 7:30 pm. St. Charles Parish is located at 320 St. Charles Street. Refreshments will follow. Everyone is invited to attend.