photo stories: Prayers and Processions: prayers_01

Shelly Pope's, 33, prepares to take a shower before returning as the resurrected Jesus Christ after his {quote}crucifixion.{quote} Pope, 33, is the key character in the Passion 2010 “My Redeemer Lives!” musical drama, which recounts the life of Jesus Christ at West Park Church of Christ in Portsmouth. He is a recent born-again Christian who, not too long ago, only attended church on Easter and Christmas.  “I used to make fun of people who would act or sing or anything like that. I considered it effeminate. I was always a sports kid - so it was always football, basketball – certainly nothing to do with church.” But he adds, “Now that I'm one of them, I really quite enjoy it.”

Shelly Pope's, 33, prepares to take a shower before returning as the resurrected Jesus Christ after his "crucifixion." Pope, 33, is the key character in the Passion 2010 “My Redeemer Lives!” musical drama, which recounts the life of Jesus Christ at West Park Church of Christ in Portsmouth. He is a recent born-again Christian who, not too long ago, only attended church on Easter and Christmas. “I used to make fun of people who would act or sing or anything like that. I considered it effeminate. I was always a sports kid - so it was always football, basketball – certainly nothing to do with church.” But he adds, “Now that I'm one of them, I really quite enjoy it.”