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Passion Play 2022

The history of the Oberammergau Passion Play begins in 1633. In the midst of the Thirty Years’ War, after months of suffering and dying from the plague, the people of Oberammergau pledged to act out the »play of the suffering, death and resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ« once every 10 years.

At Whitsun in 1634, they fulfilled their promise for the first time. By the middle of the 18th century, spectators from all over Germany came to Oberammergau attracted by the great power and atmosphere of the play. 2022 will see the 42nd instalment of the play that the citizens of Oberammergau have maintained through the centuries with unique continuity.

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Church activities throughout the period of the Passion Play

The Oberammergau Passion Play is a special chance for Christian mission. First the Kirchliche Dienste (church service) are making a contribution for a deeper understanding of the Passion Play and help to reflect on impressions after the play.
Second the Kirchliche Dienste is providing rooms and opportunities where under word and sacrament the Christian congregation is free to gather and to celebrate services.
The Kirchliche Dienste joyfully give hospitality.
The Evangelisch-Lutherische Kreuzkirche (Lutheran Church of The Cross) opens its doors and hearts for services, music, pastoral care, meeting and conversation.

All events of the church accompanying program are public. Parish, tourists, clinic patients and others are welcome.

In the break between the two parts, there is the opportunity to drink coffee and tea in the Kreuzkirche, eat the lunch you have brought with you and have good conversations.

Services throughout the Passion Play season in the Lutheran Kreuzkirche
(all services in German and English)

Every Sunday
10.00 a.m. – Service with Holy Communion

Every day except Sunday
09.30 a.m. – Service with Holy Communion

Days on which the Play is performed May 17th – August 16th (Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
01.15 p.m. – Organ music
01.45 p.m. – Prayer service
Days on which the Play is performed August 18th – October 4th (Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
12.15 p.m. Organ music
12.45 p.m. Prayer service

During interval within the Play May 17th – August 16th
05.15 p.m. Open House
Informal gathering – meeting old and new friends – opportunity for pastoral care
and discussion
During interval within the Play August 18th – October 4th
04.15 p.m. Open House
Informal gathering – meeting old and new friends – opportunity for pastoral care
and discussion

Ecumenical introduction to the Passion Play – Place, day and times will be announced at the beginning of the Passion Play

Offer to all groups:
If you give us your announcement in good time the pastors of Oberammergau are happy to celebrate a service with you at a time of your choice (if possible). There are several services available, including Holy Communion, prayers or meditations as well as services focused on a certain topic as for instance on one of the characters in the Passion Play.


Questions? Here you can contact us:


Evangelisch-Lutherische Kirchengemeinde
Pfarrer Peter Sachi,
Tel: 08822 . 930 30
E-Mail: pfarramt.oberammergau@elkb.de
Katholische Pfarrgemeinde Oberammergau
Pastoralreferentin Dr. Angelika Winterer
Tel: 08822 . 922 90,
E-Mail: awinterer@ebmuc.de




More Information here: www.oberammergau-passion.de