Good Friday Cantata draws audience to St. Paul's Lutheran

The High Priest (John Fahrni), center, speaks of the need for the death of one person to save the nation as a Roman Centurion (Dennis Farris) stands guard at the left.

The High Priest (John Fahrni), center, speaks of the need for the death of one person to save the nation as a Roman Centurion (Dennis Farris) stands guard at the left. Photo by David Wilson.

To the many present, the choir of California St. Paul's Lutheran Church performed the music of "The Living Last Words" Cantata on Good Friday accompanied by the portrayal in speech and costumes of various Biblical personalities important in the events surrounding the Crucifixion of Christ.

The cantata, written by Ruth Elaine Schram, is developed around the last words of the Savior as recorded in the Scriptures.

The event began with a brief sermon "The Great Friday" by Dr. Peter Kurowski, St. Paul's pastor. He based his homily on the text "The Seven Words of Christ" which were featured on a banner made by Twilla Duvall.

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The brother of the Thief on the Cross (Nathan Thibon) speaks about the death of his brother and the innocent Jesus as the Roman Centurion (Dennis Farris), left, stands guard.

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This banner on display during the cantata at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, California, was the creation of Twilla Duvall.

For more of this story check out the April 27 issue of the California Democrat.

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