In 1633 the small village of Oberammergau, Germany was under threat of the plague and also surrounded by conflict of the Thirty Years War. And so a promise was made. The people of Oberammergau prayed to God for deliverance and protection, and in return pledged to perform “a play about the suffering, death, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ” once every ten years. Since 1634, the most famous Passion Play in the world has taken place in Oberammergau.
2020 will be the 42nd rendition of the Passion Play. This great tradition, maintained and experienced almost without interruption for over 380 years, continues to bear witness to the beauty and truth of the Paschal Mystery. The village at the edge of the Bavarian Alps expects over half a million pilgrims to come and witness this largest amateur drama in the world, so begin making your plans soon.