Passion play for Lent at Midland Beach church on March 20 |

Passion play for Lent at Midland Beach church on March 20 |

Marian Lizzio plays the role of Veronica wiping the face of Jesus portrayed by Peter Proctor in another cast of “No Greater Love.” (Courtesy of Xavier Theatre Company)

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Parishioners of St. Margaret Mary R.C. Church in Midland Beach likely will see parallels to the devastation they experienced from Hurricane Sandy in a passion play that will be performed at their church on March 20.

The parish, administrated by the Rev. Erno Diaz, is presenting the Manhattan-based Xavier Theatre Company’s performance of “No Greater Love” at its Lenten Retreat. The 32-year-old Christian acting troupe performs original works that focus on faith and social justice themes.

While the hurricane isn’t part of the plot, the play is symbolic of the struggles that parishioners have experienced both during the superstorm and in the process of rebuilding their homes and lives.

“We have been through so much since Sandy and yet, through our faith, we are still here and continuing to move forward and keeping faithful to God,” said Barbara Regan, coordinator of religious education at the parish.

“As we become part of the crowd while we observe the re-enactment, we will remember that Jesus took on human form and knew suffering just as we do.”

“No Greater Love” is described as “a vibrant musical drama that celebrates the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ” starring Pasqualino Beltempo in the role of Jesus and Nikki Casseri as Mary, the mother of Jesus. The play was written by Janeen Stevens and directed and choreographed by Dr. Carol Ferrone with musical direction by Gerard De Man, Jr.

The Xavier Company is a group of professionally trained actors, singers and dancers. They are in residence at St. Francis Xavier R.C. Church in Manhattan and are performing “No Greater Love”  at parishes throughout the tri-state area.

The performance at St. Margaret Mary on March 20 begins at 7:30 p.m. Free-will donations will be taken. For information, call the church at 718-351-2612.

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