Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Pasyon on Twitter

What do a rooster, a tree, a donkey, a criminal and a missus have in common?  For one, they're the barely recognized characters of Christianity's Holy Week passage, the Passion story. And two, they are now all on Twitter, retelling the story of Christ's crucifixion from the sidelines (with a fictional twist), for the whole world wide web to follow.

The passages are found commencing at Matthew 26, Mark 14, Luke 22, and John 12 in the Bible. The story begins during Passover - at a meal shared by Jesus and "the twelve" - known today as the Last Supper. It covers Jesus' admonitions to His disciples of the things that are to happen, the Pharisee's plots against Him, the betrayal of Judas and goes on until the passage of the Messiah rising on the third day after He was crucified.

"Irreverent, but not blasphemous. Crazy, but not disrespectful." The online theatrical is a pet project of a "well-known Filipino comedian and television personality" [sic]. He shares via the Philippine Daily Inquirer (April 20, A8), "Perhaps we can retell the story of the Passion via Twitter? And perhaps we can do it in a funny way while still remaining respectful of Christian beliefs [sic]?" This comedian identifies himself as @Barabas4ever and he intends to keep his real persona a secret at least until after Pasyonistas.

Other characters include @Claudia_Procula or Pontius Pilate's wife; @klept0h or Hestas; the @wmnofjerusalem; @gardenwarden or the keeper at the Garden of Gethsemane; @TheeeFIGTree; @donkeyheehaw or the donkey that Jesus rode to Jerusalem; the @ApostleTom; and @manoknisanpedro or the rooster that crowed after Peter's third denial.

The group started tweeting on Palm Sunday and will run until Easter Sunday.