CHRISTMAS PLAY
 

This play was created by Jerry Alan 'Dusty' Sayers to be performed by the youth group of Downtown Christian Church in Johnson City, Tennessee in 1998.  The script was written in haste, and the ending is, I fear, ill-defined and abrupt.
It was never used.

Please do not sue us.

If you are represent a church or other Christian group, and would like to use this script to produce your own performance, I would be delighted.  Simply give credit where credit is due, and e-mail me to let me know that you will be using the script and under what circumstances.  I would not be adverse to a small cash gift as well, but am hardly in a position to insist.  Please do not hesitate to e-mail me about using this script if you are worried about money.    It was written for the physical layout of our own church basement; feel free to modify the stage directions and set descriptions to fit your own situation.  Likewise, feel free to suggest additional scenes and alternate endings for the play.  You may modify the script as you please for your own performances, but please tell me how you have done so.  If I like the changes, I may add them to the official version, with your permission.

I can e-mail you the complete text in Microsoft Word 97 format if you would like it.

Downtown Christian Church Youth Christmas Play -- 1998
 

by Dusty Sayers



Cast:

Archæologists:  (These characters form our frame story, and are sort of a set of Narrators.)

Doctor Victoria Pembroke-Parks -- The archæologist who discovers the ancient holy texts which tell our story.  Dressed in khaki trousers and a light shirt, with pith helmet or fedora. (Dr Pembroke-Parks is an Englishwoman, because one of our young ladies wanted to portray a character with a British accent -- Dr Pembroke-Parks may be made into a man by becoming Henry, or into an American by becoming Dr Parks.)
Doctor Thomas Smith -- A skeptical, treasure-hunting archæologist.  Same dress as Dr Pembroke-Parks.  Rename Martha to make a woman.
One or more Porters, armed with picks, shovels, crowbars, etc.  Dressed in work clothes -- Jeans, khaki, etc.

King Herod's Court:
King Herod the Great -- Client King of Judea.
Herod's Wife -- King Herod's scheming wife.
One of more Guards -- A Roman Soldier.  Clothed in helmet and red cloak, should have a shield, must have a sword.

Hebrews:
Anna -- The mother of Mary.
Simon -- The father of Mary.  (With a few easy changes, Simon can be absorbed into a larger Joseph character.  His player could also become a magi.  They never share an Act.)
Mary, the mother of Jesus .
Joseph, the husband of Mary.
If we need another female character, doubtless a short scene with Cousin Elizabeth could be created.
The Innkeeper or his Wife

Magi:
Melchior -- King of the South.  Eastern Indian, wears a Turban.  Gold.
Caspar -- Emperor of the Orient.  Greek.  Frankincense.
Balthazar -- Monarch of the West.  Ægyptian.  Myrrh.

The Archangel Gabriel -- The Archangel of the Annunciation, Gabriel is God's messenger service throughout the play.  He should carry a trumpet, and he could be played by a girl, if she can deepen her voice.

Some players with minor parts may have more than one part, or will serve as stagehands to open and close the curtains.

 Sets:

Excavation -- The area below the stage will be set as an ancient ruin discovered by our Archæologists.  The storage drawers for the chairs and table will be adorned with inscriptions, etc. to resemble ancient constructions.  Some flower pots or cookie jars or something will be concealed within, and will house the ancient texts which form our story.  Probably wants some blocks to sit on.

Mary's Bedroom -- A variation of the main stage set.  It has a pile of blankets, pillows, and furs as a sleeping pallet, also at least three chairs.
 
King Herod's Court -- A variation of the main stage set.  Two thrones, with some blankets or cushions spread out before them.  Any other royal paraphernalia.

Inn -- PVC frame with paper facade.  May have a bell.  Possibly, the curtains open only enough for the Inn to be placed in the gap, and the minimal action of the Inn scene can occur in the space in front of the curtain.

Manger -- Chairs for Mary and Joseph, a manger or pile of straw if possible.  Possibly large stuffed animals of the barnyard persuasion.

Observatory -- On the Balcony.  At least one chair, and the wise men will have props such as a Telescope and maps.

Props:

costumes      sword     3 scrolls      pottery containers
Jesus     bag of gold     package labelled "Frankincense"
bottle of myrrh     jewels      straw (optional)     map
at least 3 chairs      crowbar      other digging tools
3 cinder blocks     telescope      lanterns or flashlights


  Act I

Scene 1 -- Excavation (stage as Mary's Bedroom)

[The Archæologists are carefully exploring the ruins with lanterns or flashlights.  Dr Pembroke-Parks examines the inscriptions on the wall.]

Dr Pembroke-Parks:  I say!  Doctor Smith! Come examine these inscriptions.

Dr Smith:  I have been examining inscriptions all day.  You can read Aramaic as well as I can.

Porter:  [aside to audience]  That isn't saying much.

Dr Smith:  [continues]  Read it yourself.

Dr Pembroke-Parks:  I believe this panel will open.  [Indicates panel concealing scrolls, etc.]

Dr Smith:  [Rushes to see]  Let me see that.  [Starts to pull at it with his fingertips]

Dr Pembroke-Parks:  Do be careful, it may be trapped.

Dr Smith:  That's only in the movies.  Really.  [considers this]  Still.... [calls out]  Porter!  Come open this!

Porter:  Right away, sir.  [comes with crowbar]  Stand back.  [pries open panel, carefully, then eases the drawer farther open]

Dr Smith:  Well?  Is there anything valuable in there?  [searches the drawer, discovers storage pots]  Pottery?  Nothing very special.  [hands pot to Dr Pembroke-Parks and keeps searching]

Dr Pembroke-Parks:  This is most interesting. [she examines the exterior designs]

Dr Smith:  No it isn't.  There's dozens like it back in museum storage.  Let me find something valuable.  That'll be interesting.  They don't hand out grants for free, you know.

Dr Pembroke-Parks:  [ignores him, rattles the pot]  There seems to be something inside....  [opens pot, retrieves scroll]  It looks like a history.  [Most of her narrative lines can be now read from the scroll she found.]

Dr Smith:  There's nothing interesting in here.  Might as well head back for the night.

Dr Pembroke-Parks:  Wait, this looks important.

Dr Smith:  [resigned]  Fine.  What is it?

Dr Pembroke-Parks:  It appears to be about a girl named... Mary or Miryam...

Dr Smith:  They're the same thing.

Dr Pembroke-Parks:  ...Mary is living with her parents because she is not yet married, although she is betrothed.

Mary and her Parents:  [come on stage and visit as Mary prepares for bed]

Dr Smith:  Sounds exciting already. [rolls eyes]

Dr Pembroke-Parks:  Apparently one night she has a rather odd visitor...

Dr Smith:  Sounds like a real upstanding girl, this Miryam.

Dr Pembroke-Parks:  Quiet.  I'm trying to concentrate.



Scene 2  -- Mary's Bedroom

Mary and Family:  [visit while Mary prepares for bed]

Anna:  I can't believe my little girl is getting married.  Why only yesterday it seemed like you were in swaddling clothes.

Mary:  Mother, I am fourteen now.  It would be pretty strange if I didn't get married pretty soon.

Simon:  Our little girl is growing up.  Now this man Joseph who I've found for you, he's a good prospect.  He's already set up his own carpentry shop, and he does good work.  His tools are old, but he already told me he's saving up for a new set, and your dowry will help him there.

Mary:  I hope so.  I hope everything works out.  I wouldn't want anything to mess this up for us.

Anna:  Oh, me too.  I hope this all goes as smoothly as your father's and my wedding.  Everyone in Nazareth was there, and the family came from all over Judea and there were vats and vats of wine and...

Simon:  Anna, it's getting late.  If you start, Mary will never get any sleep.  Let's leave her alone, now.

[Simon and Anna exit, as Anna says]
Anna:  You know, Simon, I just got the most astonishing news from my cousin Elizabeth the other day...

Mary:  [gets in bed, settles down for a long winter's nap, and drifts off to sleep]

Gabriel:  [comes out on the balcony]  Mary...  Mary...

Mary:  [not looking up, trying to stay asleep]  Mother, I'm tired.  You can tell me about your perfect wedding in the morning.

Gabriel:  Mary...  Mary...

Mary:  [covering her head with the blankets]  Father?  I thought you went to bed.

Gabriel:  [becomes frustrated, considers playing his trumpet, decides against it]  Mary.  Mary!

Mary:  [nervous, starts up]  Who's there?

Gabriel:  Rejoice, most favoured one, for the Lord is with you!  Blesséd art you among women!

Mary:  [sees Gabriel, is frightened]  Who are you?  What do you want?  Why are you here?

Gabriel:  Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God.  Behold:  You will conceive in your womb and bring forth a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.  He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest, and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father, David.  And He will rule over the House of Jacob for ever, and of his Kingdom there shall be no end.

Mary:  But how can this be?

Gabriel:  The Holy Spirit will come over you, and the power of the Lord will overshadow you, therefore, the one who will be born in you will be called the Son of God.

Mary:  How will I explain it to my father?

Gabriel:  You cousin Elizabeth has also conceived, even though this was thought to be impossible, and she was considered barren in her old age.

Mary:  Behold the maidservant of the Lord.  Let it be unto me according to your word.

[Gabriel departs from her, Mary goes back to sleep]



Scene 3 -- The Excavation (stage as Mary's Bedroom)

Dr Smith:  So what?  The museum can't put this on display.  Only two percent of the local populace can read Aramaic.  Besides, it's just some old version of the Gospels.  Nothing new.

Dr Pembroke-Parks:  No, this scroll tells parts of the story that have never seen a modern translation.  The next part seems to be where Mary tells her parents what has happened to her.

[Simon and Anna come on stage, and Mary gets up.  They take chairs, and discuss silently, but with increasing animation.]

Dr Smith:  I think I can guess why they leave that part out of the published versions....



Scene 4 -- Mary's Bedroom

Simon:  [immediately leaps to his feat, possibly overturning his chair, and shouts]  What?  What did you say?

Anna:  Simon, she said she was with child.

Simon:  I know what she said.  How did this happen?

Mary:  I told you, the angel said the Holy Spirit would come over me.

Simon:  The Holy Spirit, huh?  I bet.  Sounds mighty holy, coming over unsuspecting girls in the night.  And this angel.  What else did he say?

Mary:  He said I would have a son, and I should call his name Jesus.

Simon:  Jesus?  That's Greek for Joshua, isn't it?  I wouldn't trust an angel who spoke Greek.

Anna:  Now, Simon, the same thing happened to my cousin Elizabeth.  An angel appeared to her husband, and said Elizabeth would have a son, and he didn't believe that angel, and the angel struck him dumb.  He can't say a word.

Simon:  Sounds like a smart angel.  But Elizabeth is having a baby?  Your cousin?  She's older than the hills.

Anna:  It's the truth, though.  Maybe we could send Mary to stay with her.  That way not so many people in town would notice her being great with child.  How does that sound, Mary?

Mary:  It sounds good, Mother.  But what about Joseph?

[curtain closes]


Scene 5 -- Excavation; on stage, Joseph is walking across the very front, ideally in front of the closed curtain; behind the curtain, Herod's Court is being created

Porter:  What about Joseph?

Dr Pembroke-Parks:  Let me see... he found out, of course.

on stage
Joseph:  [startled and surprised, as if hearing unexpected and unbelieveable news]  What?

below stage
Dr Pembroke-Parks:  He seemed prepared to do the honourable thing, and put her aside quietly, without causing any trouble for her family.

on stage
Joseph:  Well this is just great.  I finally arrange a decent marriage, it looks like I can start a family and expand the carpentry shop, I even thought I might buy a big fancy wood lathe, and all of a sudden, the girl is with child.  But I won't cause her any trouble with a messy divorce, and I'll just have to be more careful next time.

Gabriel:  [appears on the Balcony]  Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.

Joseph:  [initially taken aback, rallies]  The Holy What?

Gabriel:  She will bring forth a son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sins. [departs]

[Joseph stares into space where the angel was for a moment, then shakes his head as if awakening from a dream, and exits]

below stage
[pause]

Dr Smith:  Is that it?  Can we go now?

Dr Pembroke-Parks:  No, I was just puzzling over the next few lines.  They seem to treat with a different subject.

[pause]


  Act II

Scene 1 -- Excavation; on stage, Herod's Court, concealed by the curtain

below stage
Dr Pembroke-Parks:  Ah, I see.  Now, in those days, the ruler of Judea, who was called King of the Jews by the Romans, was Herod the Great.

on stage, as the curtains open to reveal King Herod and his Queen, centre stage, seated on their thrones, the King on the right, with his Queen to his left

 (strictly speaking, the song is optional, but I think a lot of the adult audience would enjoy it)

Sung to the tune of "Those were the Days"
(See "All in the Family" for reference)

Herod: Boy, the way Aeschylus made
Queen: Contest-winning tragic plays;
Herod: Jews like us, we had it made.
Both: Those were the days!

Queen: And you knew where you were then;
Herod:  Girls were girls in kings' harems.
Both:  Mister, we could use a man like King Solomon again

Herod:  Didn't need no client states;
Queen:  Every Hebrew pulled his weight.
Herod:  Alexander sure was great.
Both:  Those were the days!

Guard:  [rushing in, interrupting if stage fright causes lines to be missed]  Kind Herod!  A letter from Rome!  [proffers the scroll]

Herod:  [accepts scroll, does not open it]  What does Rome want this time?  We have already rendered unto Cæsar that which is Cæsar's.

Queen:  Let me see that. [takes scroll, opens and reads, silently]

Herod:  We named a town after him, we built temples to his gods, we pay him taxes at the appointed time....

Queen:  It is a decree from Cæsar Augustus that a census should be taken...

Herod:  That's not so bad.

Queen:  ...So that all the world may be taxed.

Herod:  D'oh!  I knew there had to be a catch, somewhere.

Queen:  Guard, leave us.

[Guard exits]

Queen:  We can use this to our advantage.  We register the taxes, so we can add a little to them, and skim the cream off the top, before sending the required levy on to Rome.  Furthermore, everyone must be registered in his native city, so many people will be travelling.  Tolls on the roads -- extra fees in the cities and at the inns -- all kinds of things can be done so we may profit by this, my King.

Herod:  Oh, you are a clever woman.  Unquestionably the best of all ten of my wives.  Don't tell the others I said that, though.

Queen:  Oh, of course not.  [grins at audience]

[curtains close]



Scene 2 -- Excavation; on stage, the Inn is prepared behind the curtains

below stage
Dr Pembroke-Parks:  Joseph went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be counted with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child.

on stage [curtains open enough to reveal the Inn, Mary and Joseph approach]

[Joseph knocks on the Inn door or rings the bell.  Innkeeper or his Wife answers, with a scroll in hand.  This can be the scroll that Herod recently received.]

Joseph:  We need a room for two.

Innkeeper:  Do you have a reservation?

Joseph:  Maybe.

Innkeeper:  In what name was the reservation made?

Joseph:  Err.... Joseph Nazarene.

Innkeeper:  [consults scroll]  Sorry.  That name is not on the list.  I am afraid you can't stay here.

Joseph:  But this is the last inn in town!

Innkeeper:  You should have made reservations.  There is no room in the inn.  [returns to his Inn]

[Joseph and Mary exit, dejected; curtains close; Herod's court is reconstructed]

below stage
Dr Pembroke-Parks:  Joseph and Mary made their bed in a stable, and when Mary was delivered of her baby, she wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in the manger, and they called His name Jesus, as the angel had commanded.  Now, in those days, certain wise men in the East studied the heavens, that they might foresee what would come to pass.



Scene 3  -- Observatory

[Balthazar is seated, studying a map, Caspar is surveying the heavens with a telescope.  A star is projected onto the far wall using a flashlight with a patch over it, with a star cut in the patch]

Caspar:  Behold!  A new star has appeared in the heavens!

Balthazar:  [does not look up from his map]  Verily, it hasn't.

Caspar:  I tell you the truth, there is a new star, brighter than any other in the dome of heaven.

Balthazar:  [does not look up]  It is even as I have said, you are merely jealous, because *I* found a new comet last week.  Now *you* wish to see something unique.

Caspar:  Truly, I say to you, it is a new-born star.

Balthazar:  Are you certain it is not merely the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn, which we have predicted will occur?

Caspar:  As you know, that is not due until some years hence.  It is a new star, rising in the field of heaven.

Balthazar:  Doubtless it is simply Jupiter and Mars occulted by the waning crescent moon in Aries.  That would be impressive, but nothing new.

Caspar:  The phenomenon you describe is over there.  [points at some place well away from the star; Balthazar still does not look]  See?  This is a new thing.

Melchior:  [rushes out, sees the star, cries out]  Lo!  There is a new star in the sky, blazing brighter than fresh-poured gold!

[Balthazar looks]

Caspar:  Surely this is the star we have awaited for six hundred years, the star which foretells the coming of a great king, greater than any other the world has ever known.

Melchior:  Greater than the Maharajah of India?

Balthazar:  Greater than the Emperor of China?

off stage
Porter: Greater than Elvis?

Dr Smith:  Don't be silly.  This is just a legend.

[Dr Pembroke-Parks glares at him, then returns to her study of the scroll]

Observatory

Melchior:  The star is supposed to tell of a great prophet as well...

Caspar:  Greater than Zoroaster?

Melchior:  Even greater than Zoroaster, for the one whose coming has been foretold is the Son of God.

Balthazar:  That is as nothing.  The people of the Mediterranean have filled their tales with sons of gods.  Hercules, Perseus, Æneas, the whole lot.

Caspar:  I think this one is different.  If nothing else, He is foretold to be a great king, and it behooves us to bring Him gifts worthy of His status.

[All Wise Men exit]



Scene 4 -- Herod's Court

[Curtains open to reveal Herod and his Queen at ease in their Court]

Guard:  [enters]  Your Majesties, may I present the Magi Melchior, Caspar, and Balthazar.

Herod:  You may.

[The Guard does not know how to deal with this direct answer to a rhetorical question, but fortunately, the Three Wise Men enter and kneel.]

Melchior:  It is an honour to present ourselves before your majesties.

Queen:  And it is an privilege to receive such distinguished guests.  To what do we owe this honour?

Caspar:  Where is the King of the Jews?  We have come to worship Him and give tribute to the newborn King of Judah.  Surely you have done the same already?  Perhaps you could direct us to Him.

Herod:  What King?  [his Queen kicks him]  Ow!

Queen:  [to Herod]  Quiet!  [to Wise Men]  We did not know of this King.  Could you tell us of him?

Balthazar:  He is to be a King and Prophet and Saviour for the children of Israel and for all the world.  Every knee shall bow before him.

Queen:  [to herself]  Indeed?  Every knee?  [to Wise Men]  Tell me, where might we find this *blesséd* infant?

Herod:  Yes!  I wish to find Him, that I might worship Him as He deserves.  [spoken with real enthusiasm]

Caspar:  We found Him by following His star in the Heavens.  It shines upon Bethlehem.

Queen:  And when was He born?  How long have you followed this star?

Caspar:  Almost two years.

Herod:  Two years!

Caspar:  Indeed.  Balthazar took us through a "short cut" in Bactria.

Melchior:  And then he took a wrong turn in Armenia.

Balthazar:  And then Melchior had to stop in Damascus to buy a carving knife.

Melchior:  It was a gift for my mother!

Queen:  So, this King was born in Bethlehem about two years ago, and you are going to pay him your respects?

Balthazar:  You have said it.

Queen:  You must stay the night, and speak of this further with us.  Also, after you have seen this king, you must return to us, and tell us where He may be found, and be our guests for as long as you wish to stay in Judea.

Melchior:  Thank you.  [all Wise Men exit]

Herod:  So, should we go and pay our respects to this King?

Queen:  You know as well as I that our power comes from Rome.  If Rome hears that there is a new King in Judea who would save the Jews, Cæsar might get the wrong idea.  He might even come to doubt your ability to rule.  When the Magi return to us, they will tell us the way to this child, and we will give Him all that He deserves.  [Curtain closes]


 Act III

Scene 1 -- Excavation; behind the curtain, the manger scene

Dr Pembroke-Parks:  So, the Magi proceeded to Bethlehem, where they found Mary and Joseph and the infant Jesus, and presented their gifts to Him.

on stage
[Wise Men cross the stage in front of the curtain, and go behind the curtain again.  If the scenery is not in order, they do this again.  When the manger is ready, curtains open, and Wise Men go to the manger.]

Melchior:  I bring Thee gold, a symbol of Kingship, for You will be the greatest King ever known to man.  [bows and presents purse of gold]

Caspar:  I bring Thee frankincense, an incense fit for a priest after the order of Melchizedek, and for the Son of God.  [kneels and presents parcel of frankincense]

Balthazar:  I bring Thee myrrh, the oil of funerals, for You will know pain and sacrifice and death, before You truly save mankind.  [bows and presents bottle of myrrh or aftershave]

[Wise Men bow in unison, and exit]

Mary:  Look at all this, Joseph!  Think what this means.  We can set up the finest carpentry shop in Nazareth with all this wealth.

Joseph:  I can get that new lathe I have wanted.  Truly, the Lord has blessed us with this birth.

[curtains close]



Scene 2 -- before closed curtains

[Wise Men enter.  Balthazar has his map.]

Balthazar:  Verily, this was a marvel.

Caspar:  It is even as you have said:  wondrous beyond description.

Melchior:  Shall we return to the hospitality of King Herod now?

Balthazar:  Truly.  Come, and study the map with me.  [Melchior studies the map with him]

[Gabriel appears on the Balcony, Caspar sees him]

Caspar:  Look!  Up in the sky!

Balthazar:  [studying the map]  You already found the Star, are you never satisfied?

Caspar:  It's a bird!

Melchior:  [also reading map]  I tell you the truth, every time he looks up, he has to see something.

Caspar:  [frustrated]  No, it's a... a... a really BIG bird...

Balthazar:  [ignoring Caspar and pointing at the map]  No, I tell you we came in on this road.

Caspar:  It's an Angel!

[other Wise Men look up]

Gabriel:  You must not go back by the way in which you came, for Herod and his wife are plotting against the child.  You must depart for your own country by another way.  [exits]

Caspar:  That must be why the Queen asked so many questions of us.  We must heed the divine message and return home another way.  Whither shall we go, Melchior?

Melchior:  I desire to go back to Herod's court.  He promised to give me a tunic.  It said on it, "My son went to Judea, and all he got me was this lousy tunic."  It was supposed to be a gift for my father.

Caspar:  We must do as the Angel warned us.  Balthazar, which road should we take to lead us home?

Balthazar:  [looks at the map in puzzlement]  Truly I say to you, I do not know.

Melchior:  Why not?

Balthazar:  On this map, all the roads, well, they all lead to Rome.

[Wise Men all study the map, argue silently, and exit]



Scene 3 -- Herod's court

[curtains open to show Herod and his Queen, seated, and the Guard standing to the side]

Herod:  You know, I don't think the Magi are coming back.

Queen:  I suspect you are right, but we still have to deal with our problem, with this upstart king.

Herod:  How?  Without the Magi, we do not know where He is.

Queen:  Simple.  They said He was in Bethlehem, so we send the Guard to take care of Him.

Herod:  Well, how do we know which one He is?

Queen:  There aren't that many people in Bethlehem.  Just kill all the boys two years old and younger.  That is sure to dispose of Him.

Herod:  Ah, of course.  Guard!  See to this at once.

Guard:  Yes, your Majesty.  [exits]

[curtains close]



Scene 4 -- in front of the curtain

[Joseph and Mary, with Jesus and their gifts, facing away from the Balcony, where stands Gabriel]

Mary:  Look at all these gifts.  The Lord has truly blessed us.

Joseph:  Yes, we were right to listen to the dreams He sent to us.

Gabriel:  And you must listen again.  Fear not, for the Lord has a purpose for your gifts.

Joseph:  [with Mary turns to face the Angel]  Right.  To buy a wood lathe for my shop.

Gabriel:  No.  You must leave this land for as long as King Herod lives, for he would see the child slain, thinking that will protect his own throne.  You must go to Ægypt, and live on the blessings given you by the Lord.

Mary:  But when can we come back?  I have spent my entire life in Judea.

Joseph:  What about the gifts the Wise Men brought?  What good are they if we have to spend them right away like this?

Gabriel:  You may return when Herod is dead.  Then you will be safe in Nazareth again.  As for the gifts, they pale in comparison to the child your wife bore.  His life, and death, will save the human race -- a race, I might add, in desperate need of a saviour.

Mary:  We will do as the Lord commands.  We are his willing servants, now and forever.

Joseph:  [looking at Gabriel's trumpet]  Tell me, can you play anything on that trumpet?

Gabriel:  Nothing you would enjoy.  [exits]

Joseph:  Well, Mary, I suppose we should go.  We have a long road ahead of us, I think.

Mary:  Indeed we do, but the Lord will take care of us, and of His son.

[exit Mary and Joseph]



Scene 5 -- Excavation

Porter:  Then what happens?

Dr Pembroke-Parks:  That is the end of that scroll.

Dr Smith:  So, all that time, and that is all there is to show for it?  A little legend without an ending?

Dr Pembroke-Parks:  I do not believe it requires an ending, Dr Smith.  After all, Jesus's work lasts to this day, and the miracle of his death and resurrection has no ending, either.

Dr Smith:  Well, you can fool around in there all night if you want, but I'm going to bed, so I can be rested enough to search for something of tangible value in the morning.  Anything you find in there [points into drawer] you can keep and have full claim to.  [exits]

Dr Pembroke-Parks:  I am still curious about all these other containers.  I think I will search a bit longer.

Porter:  I'll wait with you, Doctor.

Dr Pembroke-Parks:  Thank you, Porter.  [looks in different drawer, removes a container, opens it, removes another scroll]  Look -- it seems to be more of the history we just found.  [starts to read the scroll silently]

Porter:  [looks in container that held the last scroll]  Look, Doctor Pembroke-Parks!  There's gold in here!  [pulls out gold, jewelry, etc.]  Dr Smith is going to be mad he missed this.

Dr Pembroke-Parks:  He was searching for what he thought was important.  Since you were here, however, you can share the credit with me, if the museum can use this find, and the profits if it cannot.

Porter:  Thank you, Doctor.  All I really wanted was to see how the story you found ended.

Pembroke-Parks:  Well, you knew what to look for, and Dr Smith didn't.  Do not store up treasures on Earth, but seek ye first the Kingdom of God and all these things shall be added unto you.  Come, gather up what we've found, and we'll be off to bed, too.  We need our rest so we can work our best until it is time to fly back home for Christmas.

Porter:  Amen!

[they collect their discoveries and exit]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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