Here is Good Friday, Part V of our Holy Week Project. Again the narration from Our Father’s House is quite detailed, so here are just the highlights and any notes on how the scene was made:
Pilate questions Jesus
Good Friday begins at Pilate’s palace where he questions Jesus inside with the mob surrounding outside. (Due to birdhouse height restrictions, we did the questioning on the side of the palace):
Herod questions Jesus
Pilate then sends Jesus to Herod for questioning. Jesus does not answer any of Herod’s questions. I’m not sure if I like Herod’s garb, but my five-year-old loves it!
Ecce Homo (Behold the Man!)
Jesus is sent back to Pilate where he has him scourged and crowned with thorns (now I have a new Jesus for this part of the Presentations. He has a crown of thorns, nail marks and a red robe to cover his “Crucifixion outfit.” You could probably make one for Carrying the Cross. without the nail marks… and then another one for Crucixion with the nail marks… but I was running out of clothespin dolls and didn’t want to make another run to AC Moore with all the kids.
Carrying of the Cross
Christ then takes up his Cross… and along the way meets His Blessed Mother (who then travels with him), the Women of Jerusalem, and St. Veronica (make a little cloth veil for her to hold — if you can make the image of Christ on it). He also falls three times… and Simon of Cyrene helps him carry the Cross. I took a few photos of some of these scenes…
Meeting the Women of Jerusalem:
To make Jesus stand with the Cross, I wrapped him in Sculpey clay.
Simon helps carry the Cross:
When Jesus falls, the soldiers force Simon to help him. He’s standing in the mob of people along the roads. He’s chenille hands wrap around the Cross.
Jesus is Nailed to the Cross:
At Calvary (which I stationed on our Atrium Miniature Mass kit altar for the significance of the Sacrifice of the Cross and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass), Jesus’ robe is untied and He is nailed to the cross (propped up by two nails). I drew His nailmarks and the mark in His side. His Blessed Mother is always with Him.
At the end, it is only His Mother, St. John, the Women of Jerusalem and the soldiers. I elevated Christ’s Cross on two blocks and covered them in Reindeer Moss. All three crosses are surrounded by Sculpey clay to help them stand up. I put little nails in so that their dowel arms could just prop on the nails. (These were a special doll kit that came with dowels and dowel holes). Furthermore, to differentiate the good thief from the bad thief, I had the good thief incline his head toward Jesus. I also had the soldier come and pierce Jesus’ side with his toothpick sword.
Joseph of Arimathea comes and takes the Body of Jesus wraps it in a linen cloth (I only had a kleenex) and takes it to the tomb. Unfortunately, I don’t have a photo of the rock in front of the tomb — it needs to be repaired) :) Then all depart.
Unfortunately, my “computer time” is up for today and I can’t continue with our presentations due to our “rock” problem. However, I’m not posting during the Triduum. So I will have to post the Holy Saturday and Resurrection photos after Easter, but let me describe the scenes for you:
The chief priest discuss the possibility of Jesus’ body being stolen do to His Resurrection claim, so guards are posted outside the tomb.
For the Resurrection:
Before you start, place a Resurrected Christ to rise from tomb in the next presentation (He looks the same as my first Christ, but has the marks of his Crucifixion). You also need an angel, guards, Mary Magdalen, Mary and Salome (all of these characters have been used in the presentations already — although I have one of the women carry a cool miniature basket that I found at AC Moore).
The script explains the action of the resurrection and has you shake the tomb as the angel of the Lord descends from heaven. The angel rolls back the stone, the guards fall in fright. Then Jesus comes out. He’s moved aside so that when the women of Jerusalem come, they do not see Him, but just the angel who tells them to go tell the Good News to the Apostles.
After Easter, I’ll post my final Part VI which will include these presentations, photos of the cool boxes that I found to store the presentation, and my ideas on how to improve for next year (before I forget)!
Hope this has been helpful. We’ve enjoyed it and look forward to doing it again next year.