Good Christians, come with hearts contrite. St. Anthony’s welcomes you tonight! These opening words of the Via Crucis welcome all to worship at this Lenten tradition.
The Via Crucis performance is open to the public, and is presented every Friday night in Lent from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 9th & DuPont Streets, Wilmington, DE, 19805.
Over 125 students from age 3 to college age, representing 35 schools and children who are home schooled, will re-enact Jesus’ last days in Jerusalem and his crucifixion on Good Friday. A supporting staff of 75, including direction, choir, narration, costumes, lighting, props, and seating, ensure the production remains true to its 57-year current history.
The play was originally produced by St. Anthony’s founding pastor, Rev. J. Francis Tucker, OSFS, and was presented annually until it was stopped because of World War II. In 1961, Rev. Roberto Balducelli, OSFS, revitalized and enlarged the devotion into a reenactment of the events of the first Holy Week in the style of the medieval Miracle Play.
St. Anthony’s accepts reservations for groups of ten or more. Please call the parish office at 302-421-3700 to make a reservation.