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A Choral Reading of John 11: 28-38a

This choral reading of John 11: 28-38a is adapted for 4 speakers.

Narrator 1: When Martha had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary, and told her privately, “The Teacher is here and is calling for you.” 

Narrator 2: And when she heard it, Mary got up quickly and went to him.  Now Jesus had not yet come to the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. 

Narrator 1: The Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary get up quickly and go out. They followed her because they thought that she was going to the tomb to weep there.  When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him,

Character 1: “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”

Narrator 2: When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved. He said,

Character 2: “Where have you laid him?

Narrator 1: They said to him,

Character 1: “Lord, come and see.” 

Narrator 2:  Jesus began to weep.  So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” 

Narrator 1: But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”

Character 2: Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb.

Scripture from New Revised Standard Version