002 Born for This ~ A 20 year Legacy of Drama & Passion [Podcast]

In this episode Jo Boyce will be talking about Born for This – Our musical interpretation of the Stations of the Cross, which, over the past 20 years or so, has been a key part of the Lenten journey for more people than we can really begin to fathom.

A young Hannah Kelly in the Born for This cast of 2007
A young Hannah Kelly in the Born for This cast of 2007

One of those people is 20 year old, Hannah Kelly – who shares her wonderful memories and experience of being part of our Born for This cast for more than 10 years.

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In this episode Jo Boyce shares a little bit of the story behind how Born for This came to be and her experience of writing the songs. Speaking with Jo, Hannah shares

  • Her experience of being the youngest member of the cast
  • Becoming a narrator and delivering the powerful Mercy Gate monologue
  • Being moved and changed by the story of Christ’s Passion through the songs and narrative of Born for This
  • Developing a love for acting and taking it up professionally
  • What it means to her to be to help continue the work Mike Stanley began

Songs featured

In this episode we play several of the key songs from Born for This which can be found on the Born for This CD and music book.

  • Pilate’s Song   (I – Jesus before Pilate)
  • Mercy Gate (IX – Jesus Falls the Third Time)
  • Walk Alone (II – Jesus Takes His Cross)
  • Born for This Part 5 – (IV – Jesus Meets His Mother)
  • Veronica’s Litany (VI – Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus)
  • Father Forgive (XII – Jesus Dies on the Cross)

Listener Questions and Comments

Details of various Born for This presentations that listeners have submitted can be found in a separate post here.

We are sure there are many others productions taking place that we don’t know about, so feel free to share the details in the COMMENTS section below these episode notes.


Jo Boyce and the CJM Collective aren’t presenting Born for This in 2014, but they will be doing three special Songs of the Prodigal Concerts which will be wonderful evenings of music and reflection for Lent.

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Do you have details about Born for This performances happening this year to share or were you involved with the past CJM productions? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

One thought on “002 Born for This ~ A 20 year Legacy of Drama & Passion [Podcast]

  1. Last year I performed in a High school production of Born for This and I played Jesus.
    Playing Jesus or just being part of the play is amazing. It’s such a moving production.

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