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A portrayal of faith at Vasquez Rocks

Posted: April 3, 2010 8:14 p.m.
Updated: April 4, 2010 4:30 a.m.
Roman soldiers whip Jesus (Adam Granger), as he carries his cross to the top of a hill for crucifixion, during the Easter Pageant presented at Vasquez Rocks by the Alliance of Christian Churches of Acton and Agua Dulce on Saturday. There will also be a 5 a.m. performance today for Easter Sunday. Roman soldiers whip Jesus (Adam Granger), as he carries his cross to the top of a hill for crucifixion, during the Easter Pageant presented at Vasquez Rocks by the Alliance of Christian Churches of Acton and Agua Dulce on Saturday. There will also be a 5 a.m. performance today for Easter Sunday.
Roman soldiers whip Jesus (Adam Granger), as he carries his cross to the top of a hill for crucifixion, during the Easter Pageant presented at Vasquez Rocks by the Alliance of Christian Churches of Acton and Agua Dulce on Saturday. There will also be a 5 a.m. performance today for Easter Sunday.
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Aram Granger, 38, has died and risen almost half a dozen times in the name of Jesus Christ. Literally.

Granger portrayed the Messiah for the third year in a row Saturday, and was expected to fall and rise again this morning in The Alliance of Christian Churches of Acton and Agua Dulce’s Easter Pageant at Vasquez Rocks in Agua Dulce. The pageant depicts the trial, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ and includes live music along with the re-enactment of the biblical events of Christ’s last hours.

Granger said the experience of playing Christ was “visceral.”

“It’s freaky being up there,” he said. “There’s something extra when you see that happen. It brings it home.”

Granger said he was chosen to play the lead role in popular Easter event because of his looks. Granger is lanky, with a long, structured face.

The wind whipped across the dramatic sandstone formations, while Granger as Christ was lifted on a cross before the 500 attendees Saturday.

Family Community Church Pastor Mike Sheridan expected another 2,500 to attend this morning’s pageant.

“Do you believe this story?” Sheridan asked the crowd once the pageant ended. “It’s not just about believing this historical event. It’s about making that historical event a personal experience.”

Jamie Pence, of Santa Clarita, has attended the pageant for about 25 years.

“It’s nice. I just like to see it in the outdoors,” she said.

Dennis Prange, of Agua Dulce, said it’s especially powerful early Easter morning. The timing is set so as the sun rises, Christ is resurrected.

“It gets me every year,” he said.

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