St. Paul’s Lutheran Church celebrates Easter with reenactment

This weekend is what many Christians consider the climax of the church year.

To celebrate, St. Paul’s in Onalaska held a demonstration to reenact events which pastors say happened around the time Jesus died.

Volunteers dressed as Roman soldiers guarding what is represented as the tomb of Jesus. They started guarding the tomb from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. Saturday night.

This has been a tradition St. Paul’s has carried on for many years and reminds the community what the church represents.

“Our church has been doing this for a very long time, longer than I’ve been here. It’s one way that the church can show the community what we’re all about and as they drive by they can just be reminded what our church is about and what Easter is all about too. Remind them that they have hope because of what Christ did,” said St. Paul’s pastor Dan Olson.

On Easter Sunday, the church will remove the rock from the tomb and have a light shining to symbolize Jesus rising from the dead.