8. The crucifixion

The soldiers drag Jesus up the ginnel next to Hadfield Infants' School, and cross Hadfield Road to the green outside the Spinner's Arms. This is the setting for the crucifixion.

Onlookers taunt Jesus: "come down from the cross and save your self", and the soldiers put Him on the cross. Then they throw dice to share out His clothes.

We sing two versus of "Were you there when they crucified my Lord?"

Jesus prays on the cross: "Eloi, Eloi lema sabachthani" (meaning My God, my God why did you abandon me), but as He breathes His last a Roman soldier who was standing by the cross saw how Jesus died and said "This man was really the son of God".

We sing again "Were you there when they crucified my Lord?" and also "There is a green hill far away".

The soldiers take Jesus from the cross and carry Him away to be buried.

These few words and pictures cannot begin to describe how hard-hitting was this enactment. There was no blood or gore, but it had far greater impact than Mel Gibson's movie for all its hyper realism.

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