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What is the Oberammergau Passion Play?

Every ten years in the village in Germany, the Oberammergau Passion Play is traditionally held. It will be performed again throughout the summer of 2020.

In 1633, the small Bavarian village of Oberammergau was in the grip of the plague. Its inhabitants vowed that every 10 years, they would perform future Passion Play’s if they were spared, depicting Christ’s bitter suffering. In 1634 the villagers fulfilled their solemn promise for the first time. For hundreds of years, despite the dangers and threats, the vow has been loyally kept. This outstanding cultural event brings Pilgrims from all over the world. The play captivates, which is a testimony of religious faith.

The traditional concept has always remained intact, with new text and music that has been adapted many times over the years. With inner conviction, the amateur actors are all locals representing time and again the life and sufferings of Our Lord. Between 1850 and 1860, the last major changes to the text of the Passion Play were made by the parish priest of Oberammergau – Alois Daisenberger. This built on the work of Father Othmar Weis. To this day, the structure of the Play has been retained with its living pictures from the Old Testament. As well as acted scenes from the New Testament.

Oberammergau school teacher, Rochus Dedler composed the music for the Play in the early 19th century. Revised and extended in 1950 by Professor Eugen Papst, it employs a large choir and orchestra that frames the entire spectacle. The Play shows the story of Christ’s Passion. Beginning with the entry into Jerusalem and ending with the Resurrection and Transfiguration. The performances are usually in the afternoon and evening, with a break for dinner. Make the whole day a relaxing, uplifting experience with lunch arrangements and bus transport around the village. This is included within the package.