American Bible Society is giving viewers at home an inside look at The Passion, a two-hour inspirational musical event airing live from New Orleans on Palm Sunday, March 20th from 8-10 p.m. ET live/PT tape-delayed on FOX. American Bible Society is enriching the viewers’ experience of the event with 360-degree videos, Bible-based character profiles, faith-based blog posts, family discussion guides, cast interviews and more on ThePassion.com.
The 360-degree video experience will be produced during The Passion and available in real-time via ThePassion.com. Viewable on any computer or smartphone, the videos will allow viewers a full 360-degree view of the procession and the live show in Woldenberg Park, bringing at-home into the crowd gathered in New Orleans for the event.
ThePassion.com will also feature character profiles and cast interviews, enabling viewers to get to know the real people behind the greatest story ever told.
American Bible Society is also providing downloadable discussion guides for families and small groups to deepen viewers’ understanding of the biblical event behindThe Passion. In addition, the ministry will tackle the tough topics of Jesus’ death and resurrection through a series of blog posts. These resources are intended to help viewers dig deeper into the Bible and the significance for a modern audience of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. According to Director of Communications Andrew Hood, American Bible Society hopes that the main themes of the musical—love, friendship, betrayal and forgiveness—will help people share these messages from the Bible with others.
“The Bible has the power to transform the human heart as people encounter the risen Christ in its pages. At American Bible Society, our ten-year goal is to see 100 million people in the U.S. experiencing that transformation through Bible engagement,” said Hood. “Partnering with The Passion helps us advance this goal of giving everyone the opportunity to hear about the life-changing messages found in the Bible.”
The Passion tells the 2,000-year-old story of the last hours of Jesus Christ’s life before his crucifixion through passages from the Bible and a variety of popular music, sung by the cast and arranged specifically for this event by executive producer and hit music producer Adam Anders (“Glee,” “Rock of Ages”). Set in modern day, the event will follow the dramatic and inspirational story of Jesus of Nazareth, as he presides over the Last Supper, is betrayed by Judas, put on trial by Pontius Pilate, convicted, crucified and resurrected. This epic event will broadcast live from some of New Orleans’ most iconic locations, while featuring a procession of hundreds of people carrying a 20-foot, illuminated cross from outside the Superdome to the live stage at Woldenberg Park on the banks of the Mississippi River.