Trinity Wall Street Church
'Twitter the Passion,' is probably the first Passion Play ever performed on Twitter.
A Passion Play is a re-telling of the last days and hours of Jesus' life. In the Christian tradition, its purpose is to remember Jesus' journey toward death and to identify with the "passions" of that journey - the betrayal of the community, the desertion of friends, the isolation from family and eventually a total trust in God.
So the Episcopal Trinity Wall Street Church decided to marry the tradition with the latest in social networking trends for Good Friday.
Here's how it works: followers receive tweets from the main characters as the events of Christ's passion unfold.
A total of 18 tweets will be delivered over three hours from Jesus, Mary, Mary Magdalene, Peter, Pontius Pilate, and a Serving Girl, who also serves as the voice of the crowd.
Tweets, which can be no more than 140 characters, will include messages such as: Pilate: This is falling apart. I wash my hands of this.
Trinity Wall Street Church is using social networking technology to bring together a virtual community to participate together in a Good Friday experience. But it's not the first time the church has used the technology, it tweets information about services, concerts and events.
Trinity Wall Street wanted to experiment with Twitter as a tool for storytelling. But will people follow a dramatic narrative? That's still to be determined.
More than 500 people are already following the play at twitter.com, group name: twspassionplay. Tweets can be delivered to a cell phone, blackberry, email address or added to a blog or website.
Learn more about Twitter the Passion at trinitywallstreet.org.
Editor's Note: When asked how the church would address the potential criticism that the exercise might make light of the tradition, Trinity responded:
The Passion of Christ has been translated into great music, art and drama over the centuries. This is a new way of telling the story. We are looking to give people a meaningful experience of Good Friday.
Filed under: Religion
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