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Many Pitt students pack Destinta Theatre to watch 'The Passion of the Christ.'

Ramesh C. Reddy
Pittsburgh Standard

On a weeknight when many students were studying in the libraries, the anticipation of seeing the controversial Mel Gibson movie, ‘The Passion of the Christ’ drew more than 190 students to the basement of the Bellefield Presbyterian Church located across 5th Avenue from Litchfield Towers where Cornerstone Christian Fellowship (CCF) meets every Wednesday night at 8:30 p.m.

The students and non-students gathered around 9:45 p.m. to go see ‘The Passion’ on its opening night at Destinta Theatres – Plaza 22 for the 10:30 p.m. showing.

More than 40-50 vehicles left the church to transport everyone who had bought an advanced ticket from Tom DeCais, the campus intern for Cornerstone.

DeCais had worked on getting a theatre rented out so students could go watch the movie after the fellowship. The turn out was not disappointing as the tickets discounted at $4.00 were sold out!

People were amazed how quickly every thing was organized and came together.

Lora Cornell, a staff member at Jumonville Christian Camp said, “Tom DeCais, a good friend came to camp Monday night and told me about it. I thought it was a great idea what they did. Cornerstone tried to get at least one friend to come.”

Students reached the theater by 10:15 p.m. and waited in line in anticipation to see ‘The Passion’. Many had ashes smeared in the shape of a cross on their forehead to signify Ash Wednesday, 40 days before Good Friday.

‘The Passion’ began at 10:47 p.m. after everyone was directed to theatre #4.

‘The Passion’ started out with the Bible verse about Jesus being pierced for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. (Isaiah 53)

 ‘The Passion’ showing instilled silence among the audience as they took in the sufferings of Jesus.

Andy Voelker, a Pitt senior majoring in History said, “It [The Passion] was awesome, great, and very powerful for me. It was a visual representation of the sacrifice made for us. We think in abstract terms; we don’t think what happened prior to and when He was on the cross. You know in your heart but see in front of you; see him being whipped and flogged is an accurate depiction what He went through for me.”

Pitt senior Mike Scanzano who plays 3rd baseman for Pitt’s baseball team found out about the event through Ron Coder, campus chaplain for ‘Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ and decided to go.

Scanzano echoed Voelker’s sentiments.

“At the end of the movie, people were taking it in! Everyone was quiet and absorbing it all in. It was emotional. It was a life changing experience for me and a powerful movie I have ever seen”, said Scanzano.

Seeing ‘The Passion’ made Cornell introspect her own life.

“It made me look at the things I do. When I am tempted to sin, look at temptation in a different light; to look at Communion in a different light. I don’t think I will take Communion again without seeing those images in my mind”, said Cornell.

Viewers expressed gratitude towards Mel Gibson.

“I applaud Mel Gibson for the courage”, said Cornell.

“Thank God for giving him the idea and vision to do it when he did”, said Voelker.

Even though Scanzano and his team had a 10 hour trip to Duke on a Thursday afternoon, he was glad to make it to the movie.

“I could not control the tears. They were flying off! I cannot believe anybody will go through that for me. I am glad He died for me”, said Scanzano.

Voelker expressed extreme gratitude towards Jesus too.

“I love Jesus a whole lot more now. There will be many prayers of thanksgiving tonight. I was thanking the Lord even through the movie. Jesus died on the cross for our sin”, said Voelker.

The discussion turned from ‘The Passion’ to the issue of Anti-Semitism.

“Here is the million dollar question, did you feel the movie was Anti-Semitic?” asked Voelker.

Neither Scanzano nor Cornell felt the movie was Anti-Semitic.

“I heard people were protesting in front of theaters; no did not feel portrayed anything against the Jews”, said Cornell.

Scanzano felt ‘The Passion’ could not be Anti-Semitic since Jesus uses the words, “Father forgive them, they know not what they do!”

Voelker felt the movie does not make people Anti-Semitic.

“People are Anti-Semitic before they go in and not after”, said Voelker.

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