The Pageant Of Our Lord . . .  


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Introduction

The Pageant of Our Lord is a living arts pageant produced by Rolling Hills Covenant Church in Rolling Hills Estates, California. The pageant, started in 1986, presents the life of Christ through living art accompanied with narration, a 60-voice choir, and a full orchestra every year for 17 performances in the weeks leading up to Easter. Since its founding, the show is believed to have been seen by over 160,000 people.

Each year the pageant presents 14 works of art, and over the years the pageant has re-created over 40 art pieces that are stored and rotated through yearly to make the pageant different year after year. Famous works of art recreated in the pageant include Leonardo DaVinci's The Last Supper and Michelangelo's Pietà which, due to popular demand, are included every year. Music to accompany the art includes famous works such as Handel's Hallelujah Chorus, Modest Mussorgsky's The Great Gate of Kiev from Pictures at an Exhibition, and Martin Luther's A Mighty Fortress is Our God. The pageant is the creation of over 300 volunteers who help as models, make-up artists, actors, singers, musicians, carpenters, ushers, and technicians.

The pageant was founded by Producer and Music Director Dr. David Halverson and Art Director Rassie Harper who got the idea from Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach, California. The first production featured 6 works of art and man challenges to the founders of the pageant. Today, while Halverson remains the Producer and Music Director, the current Art Director is Brad Hicks. The pageant has gotten coverage from media in the South Bay area as well as internationally for it original presentation of the life of Christ and the depths to which it has stirred audiences.


The Last Supper

The Last Supper is the final meal that, according to Christian belief, Jesus shared with His Apostles in Jerusalem before his crucifixion. The Last Supper provides the scriptural basis for the Eucharist, also known as "communion" or "the Lord's Supper".

The First Epistle to the Corinthians is the earliest known mention of the Last Supper. The overall narrative of Canonical Gospels share the elements that the Last Supper took place towards the end of the week, after Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem and that Jesus and his disciples shared a meal shortly before Jesus was crucified at the end of that week. During the meal Jesus predicts his betrayal by one of the disciples present, and foretells that Peter will deny knowing him later that day.