passion play

noun, often capitalized 1st P

Definition of passion play

: a dramatic representation of the scenes connected with the passion and crucifixion of Jesus

Examples of passion play in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Other churches have also gotten creative with worship this year, with Catholic Television of San Antonio recording San Fernando Cathedral’s traditional passion play instead of having its live performance. Liz Hardaway, San Antonio Express-News, "'In need of coming back' - San Antonians celebrate Good Friday together, not on a screen," 2 Apr. 2021 Church leaders are hopeful that next year, the cathedral members will be able to have the live passion play, and Ovalle hopes for a more normal Good Friday, too. Liz Hardaway, San Antonio Express-News, "'In need of coming back' - San Antonians celebrate Good Friday together, not on a screen," 2 Apr. 2021 In relatively good health at 69, Manning opted to roll all of the money over for a future trip to see the passion play. Nick Penzenstadler, USA TODAY, "Pandemic travel collapse exposes booking industry’s business secrets," 24 Sep. 2020 Once every 10 years, the villagers of Oberammergau, Germany, perform a passion play depicting the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Nick Penzenstadler, USA TODAY, "Pandemic travel collapse exposes booking industry’s business secrets," 24 Sep. 2020 The company works through churches to recruit customers for pilgrimages to the Holy Land, Europe and to see the Oberammergau passion play. Nick Penzenstadler, USA TODAY, "Pandemic travel collapse exposes booking industry’s business secrets," 24 Sep. 2020 Thinking of Ending Things, a riddle wrapped in an enigma and staged like a passion play. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, "Charlie Kaufman out-Kaufmans himself in the loopy, surreal I'm Thinking of Ending Things: Review," 27 Aug. 2020 The only option is the passion play of the boardroom reality show. Ari Schulman, The New Republic, "The Coronavirus and the Right’s Scientific Counterrevolution," 15 June 2020 Raul Treviño, 59, of San Antonio, who directs a passion play at San Juan de los Lagos Parish and Shrine on the West Side — which was also canceled — said the event marks the victory of good over evil. Peggy O’hare, ExpressNews.com, "Passion play’s cancellation doesn’t faze faithful Catholics," 9 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of passion play

1850, in the meaning defined above

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“Passion play.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/passion%20play. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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passion play

noun

English Language Learners Definition of passion play

: a play about the suffering and death of Jesus Christ

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