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For the past few years on Palm Sunday, the week before Easter, the Rev. Angus Stuart, Incumbent at
St. Francis-in-the-Wood, West Vancouver has recited “The Passion Gospel.” This is the story of the arrest, trial and crucifixion of Jesus as related in one or other of the three synoptic gospels, Matthew, Mark or Luke, depending on which one is allocated that year. Many have found these recitations
very powerful, touching them spiritually and emotionally,and even physically as they are transported back in timeinto the drama of the gospel.
After Easter 2009, having recited the Passion Gospel from Mark, he didn’t want to just forget it and even wondered if he could memorize the rest of the Gospel according to Mark as well. After all, he knew that it has been done before by several people, though in the traditional King
James Version rather than the contemporary New Revised Standard Version.
So he began to learn it, adding a few verses each day. By Easter 2010 he had sufficiently memorized the text such that he was able to offer a recitation of chapters one through thirteen right up to but not including the passion narrative on Maundy Thursday, the eve of Good Friday. This was a foretaste, or dress rehearsal, for a presentation of the entire gospel from start to finish.
Last October saw the first such presentation at St. Francis-in-the-Wood. The next presentation in the unique atmosphere of Christ Church Cathedral, on Friday, February 18th at 7pm promises to be another very special occasion.
Tickets for the event are $20/$15.
For tickets please call 604.922.3532 or email 
Proceeds from this event will go to support the work the Rev. Emilie
Smith (a priest of the Diocese of New Westminster) is doing in
If you are interested in booking Angus Stuart to perform “Testament
of a Naked Man” elsewhere, please get in touch with him by email
In the Image below Angus prepares for the performance