BELTON, Texas — More than 6,000 turned out to see the reenactment of the crucifixion of Christ at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor’s 83rd annual Easter Pageant April 13 in front of Luther Memorial.
The student-led tradition chronicles moments from the Gospel story, including Christ’s triumphal entrance into Jerusalem, the Last Supper, Christ’s trial by Pontius Pilate, crucifixion, death and resurrection.
The planning and production involved more than 350 students and children and grandchildren of faculty and staff. This year’s three performances drew more than 6,000 to campus and thousands more worldwide viewed via livestream. The video is still available to view on the UMHB Facebook page and at umhb.edu/live.
“Being able to participate in Easter Pageant has given me a whole new perspective of the Gospel story,” said Seth Brennan, a senior mathematics major who portrayed Jesus. “I've been given the opportunity to step into the shoes of Jesus and experience some of the emotions He had, and that has changed me.”
Brennan said playing Jesus opened his eyes to the pain, suffering and sacrifice Jesus went through.
“I realized that I have been numb to the crucifixion story before experiencing Easter Pageant, and it has really awakened a desire to pursue Jesus even more,” he said.
Each year, UMHB President Dr. Randy O’Rear selects a student to direct the pageant and two students to play the key roles of Jesus and Mary. Selection of the two roles is based on their strong Christian faith and character.