From Garden to Tomb was first produced by Church of the Open Door (Elyria, OH) on Good Friday 2005.
From Garden to Tomb is an innovative approach to Good Friday worship during the Easter season. This highly-interactive, dramatic production will help your church experience the Passion of Christ in a fresh and life-changing way.
The play is based upon an ancient tradition, almost as old as Christianity itself. It began when Christ-Followers longed to tread in the footsteps of Jesus, and walked along the actual paths in Jerusalem from Gethsemane to Golgotha. As time passed, artistic representations of the Passion events were erected in churches around the world, allowing pilgrims to make that symbolic journey anywhere.
Millions of Believers have now passed along the Via Dolorosa (Way of Suffering) to remember their Savior’s sacrifice. Today, we call this journey the Stations of the Cross. From Garden to Tomb re-imagines the traditional stations as an interactive dramatic experience.
Through this production, you’ll experience eight significant moments from our Savior’s final hours. You’ll see actors portray a portion of a scene from Scripture. You’ll hear a reading from the Gospels and respond with a traditional prayer. Finally, you’ll participate in each Station alongside the characters. Along the way, our prayer is that your passion for our Suffering Savior will be rekindled in a deep and lasting way.
For example, Station 3 recalls Pilate’s condemnation of Christ. First, you’ll watch actors portraying Pilate, his wife, and Barabbas play out the familiar scene. Meanwhile, a narrator (Guide) will read aloud from the Gospels about Pilate condemning Christ to death. At the conclusion of the scene, Pilate will wash his hands in a basin. Then, you’ll be invited to use Pilate’s own basin to wash your hands–a potent symbol of the way each of us has denied Christ with our words and deeds.
We invite you to keep this ancient tradition as you tread in the path of Christ. Dare to walk in the footsteps of Jesus. Dare to share in the fellowship of His sufferings. Dare to take up your cross in homage to the one who died so you could live.
As Christ himself said: “Do this in remembrance of me.”