In Gethsemane 2

In Gethsemane.

Preparing For The Lord's Supper

Preparing For The Lord's Supper ing pathos. Maier has such a voice; and in this scene his simple utterance of the word "Father" affected us more powerfully than any other feature of the Play.

Meantime, his disciples are sleeping on, unmindful of their master's agony. He looks upon them sadly, yet tenderly, as one might look upon a weary child. Then, as though foreseeing the trials which await them, he mumurs: "Sleep on now and take your rest; "but soon awakens them with the words: "Rise, let us be going; be-hold, he is at hand that doth betray me." It is indeed time. The Roman guards have come, and, guided by the faithless Judas, have surprised the Christ and his disciples in the shadows of Gethsemane. Iscariot ad-vances with a rapid step, like one forcing himself in desperation to some hateful act that he has promised to perform. His man-ner perfectly portrays his loathing for this act of treachery. With a quick, convulsive movement, he seizes the hand of his master, and imprints upon his pallid cheek the fatal kiss. Then, with an appearance of relief and shame, he skulks away among the trees, and lets the Roman soldiers do their part.

His Disciples Are Sleeping

His Disciples Are Sleeping.

Like A Captive King

Like A Captive King.

There is something sublime in the isolation of the Christ, as he quietly surveys the soldiers, who recoil before his glance. All the apparent weakness of the previous hour has vanished. Calm and collected, he confronts them like a captive king. But his disciples, who had so recently uttered protestations of devotion, even unto death, all hurry off in terror through the shadows of the garden, leaving him friend-less and alone. Probably no amount of reading can convey to one the utter loneliness of Christ at this pathetic crisis of His life so well as this impressive scene at Ober-Ammergau. Following so closely on the agonizing scene in Gethsemane, it is a never-to-be-forgotten moment when one beholds the tall, majestic form of Maier moving away in solitary grandeur with the Roman guards.

Judas Betrays His Master

Judas Betrays His Master.

Christ Leaving The Judgment Hall

Christ Leaving The Judgment-Hall. (Dore).

He is at once conducted to the judgment-hall of Caiaphas.

Christ taken captive. (Hoffmann)

Christ taken captive. (Hoffmann)

The high priest trembles with hatred and rage, as the prisoner appears in the distance, and exclaims angrily:

"Bring him nearer, that I may look upon his face." Finally, after hearing the testimony of several witnesses, he cries impetuously, "I, the high priest, adjure thee by the living God, tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God?" Maier remains for a moment silent, then with calm dignity replies: "Thou hast said it; and hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven." At these words Caiaphas leaps from his seat, and, tearing open the breast of his tunic, exclaims: "What further need have we of witnesses? Behold, now, ye have all heard his blasphemy. What think ye?"

The answer comes at once, unanimous and in decisive tones, "He is guilty of death."

Caiaphas is evidently rejoiced at this verdict, but knows that only a partial victory has yet been gained; for, since Judea is a Roman province, this sentence must be ratified by the Roman governor, Pilate, to whom the victim is now led.

The Judgment Hall Of Caiaphas

The Judgment-Hall Of Caiaphas.

The space before Pilate's house is occupied by priests and people, all clamoring like hungry wolves for the death of the so-called false prophet and impostor. Attended by one or two officers Pilate steps calmly out upon his balcony, and in a cold, unimpassioned voice, which contrasts finely with the howling of the mob, inquires the meaning of the uproar. It is admirable to see his evident disdain for the fanatical priests, as he replies to their accusations: "No Roman condemns a man unheard. Let him approach."