The Gospel of St. Mark is widely considered the first of the gospels, based on stories circulated by word of mouth. It’s the oldest, fastest, shortest, and simplest of the Gospels: a work of art. Rev Joseph Morris has not only memorised the entire Gospel, but gives a dramatic rendering in a one man show that brings the story of Jesus and his followers to life.
Early Christians shared these stories as oral traditions. Only later did “the good news” get written down. We invite you to enter deeply into the experience: join the ancient communities who couldn’t read or write. See and hear the eye witness accounts of those who were there in the sweep of a personality that changed hearts and healed dulled senses to become new senses of a deeper hearing and seeing, into the meaning of being alive, into this very brief chance to share the love that changes life on earth and leads to eternal life—without force, without control, but with the power of the compassion that flows from divine life. Let the Gospel escape the book!
Mark reveals a Jesus with a sense of ironic humour, a quick wit, a profound sensitivity, a calm humility, a magnetic personality, a piercing intuition, and a healing touch, who is sometimes annoyed by his followers, yet shows an extraordinary love for them and for total strangers, a Jesus who talks less and does more.
Joseph Morris was brought up in Florida, and after graduating with a degree in English performed in community and college theatre, taught, and worked for Catholic Charities as a welfare caseworker. After studying Theology in Chicago, he was ordained in 1996. The following year he worked with others on an ensemble performance of Mark’s gospel. Confined to bed following a skating accident, Fr Joseph began to memorise the entire gospel and then to shape this remarkable show. Since 2002 it has been performed over 500 times in the USA, Canada and England.
Rev. Joseph Morris is presently the chaplain for the KSU Catholic Center, chaplain for Berry College, and the current catholic chaplain for The Atlanta Falcons.
"Both our children and adults were mesmerized, as if we were hearing the story for the first time."
--Rev. Bob Hudak, Greenville, USA
"Thank you for the tremendously powerful performance. Those who were there have been talking about it all week--a most moving event--a real talent for communicating the Gospel to today's world."
--Rev. Andrew Sinclair, Dorset, England
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
The Cathedral is located a 5 minute walk from London Bridge Mainline and Underground Station. A number of buses also serve the local area and other underground stations nearby are Cannon Street and Monument.
Unfortunately there is no parking available at the Cathedral.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Please bring along a printed copy of your ticket or show your ticket via your phone or tablet on arrival.
Will there be an interval?
There will be a short interval during this performance where light refreshments will be made available.
Photography and filming is strictly prohibited at this event. Thank you for your co-operation.