In St. John's Chapel, 99 Brattle Street, will be given an unusual Religious Drama on the Festival of Candlemas, this evening and tomorrow evening at eight o'clock.
The drama is written after the manner of Mediaeval Liturgical Plays, embedded in a symbolic service of lights, and accompanied by ancient Plain Song melodies. The Gospel story of "The Presentation of Christ in the Temple" has been dramatized and is presented immediately after the reading of the lesson. This form of Drama was most popular in the Mediaeval period and was later revived by St. Philip Neri during the 16th century in Rome. Its great function was to impress upon the unlettered people of the day the biblical and historical background of the feasts and festivals of the Church Year, and also to make the Ceremonials more attractive to those who were losing their interest in religious things.
Members of the Workshop will take part in the drama, and have given assistance in the production.