Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Words Fail Me

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Words Fail Me

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Byline: FRANCIS WOOD

MY chemistry teacher was a man of few words. He didn't need to talk as he got out the litmus paper, test tubes and beakers.

He could change litmus from blue to red, turn lime water milky and when he put a cobalt salt into the flame of his Bunsen burner we gasped in wonder at the beautiful blue flame.

His actions spoke more loudly than words. Such memories haunt me as the Church comes to the most important time of the year, Holy Week.

In the coming days, the emphasis is not concerned with what Jesus said but what he did. In fact he said very little as he was tried, sentenced to death and nailed to the Cross.

When Pontius Pilate asked him, "Are you the King of the Jews?" Jesus replied "You've said it". The Gospel writers tell us that it was on the Cross that Jesus spoke seven times.

"Father forgive" "Today you shall be with me in Paradise" "Behold your mother; behold your son" "My God why have you forsaken me?" "I thirst" "It is finished" "I commend my spirit".

THE PASSION DRAMA (1) I'VE never found learning lines for a play to be easy.

For over ten years I was an active member of a company producing five or six plays each winter.

Our producer never allowed us to take the script home to learn. He said, "If you take it home, you'll learn the lines all wrongly. It's only by taking part in rehearsal with the other characters that the lines will come naturally".

I found this to be very true. By joining the other characters and handling the 'props' (a suitcase, railway ticket, teddy bear) you get the feel for your character and the words flow naturally.

As Holy Week comes round, you see how important it is to take your part. Walking in the Palm Sunday procession or taking part in the foot washing ceremony on we have been striving to re-balance the economy away from London and away from the financial sector. …

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