Speaking of Pandemics: Oberammergau’s 2022 Passion Play [UPDATE!]


Another Pandemic

Nearly 400 years ago, the people of a small German hamlet were worried that the Black Death, the Bubonic Plague, would wipe out their village as it had much of Western Europe. Bavaria is a pastoral area just north of the Swiss Alps. It is famously beautiful and serene. But the leadership of the small town of Oberammergau were anything but serene and what they were facing was terrifying.

The Black Death was a terrible disease that could not be naturally eradicated. There had been one previous plague that had swept Europe and England in the 1300s. Some scholars believe that it took the Great Fire of London in 1666 to wipe it out in Great Britain. But the people of the small hamlet of Oberammergau made a plea and a pledge. If God would spare them from the ravages of the scourge, then they would express their thanks to him with their own lives. They would, as the story goes, reenact the Passion of our Lord Jesus once every 10 years.


And they have. Every 10 years—on years that end in a zero. The reenactment of the last week of Jesus’ life occurs once every decade. Like German clockwork. It is called The Passion Play.

(Ironically, the German government postponed the 2020 Passion Play. Why?  Because of the pandemic!)

Fran and I are eager to host a group of people who would like to see this worldwide Christian event in this small town in Bavaria. We have a tour that we have developed through Imagine Tour and Travel to take people to this amazing event. We’d love for you to join us and we would only encourage you to sign-up quickly. Space is limited.

View and download the brochure.

The trip will leave on June 11th and return on the 22nd of 2022. We have great tickets for the event in seats that are ideal. (Tickets are impossible to procure now!) We have hotel reservations set in the German village. We have a bus and a guide and air tickets and restaurants all lined up.

Our tickets for The Passion Play are set for June 21 at 2:30 p.m. It is a total immersion experience lasting until 10:30 p.m. that night, with a 3-hour intermission for dinner (provided).

But, we are not going there only for this amazing experience. We are going to take advantage of the beautiful scenery of Germany in June. We have made reservations to make four amazing stopovers in cities that most will have only heard about, but never seen with their own eye. They are the historic cities of Imperial Europe: Vienna, Salzburg, Budapest, and Prague. These cities have incredibly beautiful and iconic buildings, statuary, parks, rivers, and churches that will make each one memorable.

And, for each of these cities and throughout the entire trip, we have outstanding guides who are trained in the history, culture, and lands of Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic. We have one bus that will be ours every day and we will be able to travel comfortably from place to place. All the hotels are rated as “Superior” or “First Class.” (For a full list of amenities and included meals, please see the brochure.) You will not be disappointed.

Group travel is a great way to see things that you would never see otherwise. I have taken care of all the arrangements and all you need to do is to come and see and enjoy.

Google “Oberammergau Passion Play” and read up on this important Christian event. You will not want to miss it.

Get registered right away.

After you have signed up, I’ll be in touch with you to help get you ready for this amazing trip.

Don’t miss it! If you do, you will have to wait another 10 8 years!

Published on

May 5, 2021


David Roseberry

David Roseberry leads the nonprofit ministry, LeaderWorks. He was the founding rector of Christ Church, Plano, Texas, and is the author of many books. He lives in Plano with his wife, Fran.

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