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October 06, 2005

York Corpus Christi Plays

Anonymous, York Corpus Christi Plays -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

York Corpus Christi Plays

Creation and the Fall of Lucifer, The Crucifixion, and A Christ Taken Prisoner

"Thereupon the Judge proclaimed: sententia, Firstly, Judas to be given the birch for a scoffer of God. Secondly, the Alguazil to have himself physicked at his own cost. Thirdly, St. Peter to be set free, as a pious and faithful apostle, and the Lord likewise. The merchant to forfeit that which the Lord owes unto him and to make no further claims upon him for all eternity."

All three focus on pain and suffering as punishment. Lucifer is punished for choosing vanity over praising God in Creation and the Fall of Lucifer, and Jesus is punished for speaking out against the Romans in The Crucifixion. The actors playing Alguazil and Judas are punished for fighting during the play in A Christ Taken Prisoner.

Jesus forgives the people who crucify him just as the Judge in A Christ Taken Prisoner forgives the actors playing St. Peter and the Lord.

Posted by Kayla Sawyer at October 6, 2005 02:31 PM


Do you think that there is a reason that they emphasize punishment for doing the wrong thing? Or for letting your ego and ambition get in the way of what God wants?

It seems that back then, there was more fear of the Lord than there is in society today. What do you think?

Posted by: Andy Lonigro at October 6, 2005 02:59 PM

Yes, they were very afraid. They thought that every unfortunate thing that happened to them, even illness, was punishment from God for some imaginary crime.

Posted by: Kayla Sawyer at October 6, 2005 03:12 PM

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