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Eynsham Mysteries 2006 22 Mar 2006 A modern adaptation of the medieval mystery plays, St Leonard's Church Eynsham 22-25 March 7.30 pm (+ 2 pm Sat matinee)

What is a 'mystery' play? It sounds as if it ought to mean a 'whodunnit' ...

But in fact, the word comes from Medieval English meaning 'occupation, trade guild or company' and is possibly a corruption of 'ministerium' or 'the rendering of a service'. Once a year, local businesses used to work together on different Biblical scenes to produce one long pageant or 'cycle' - the major difference being that their performances took place outside!

Tonight is the culmination of services rendered by many different groups and people in Eynsham and surrounding villages.