“Simon of Cyrene” CD & Video

Music for Easter and the whole Year!

Cd available through

FG-naxos Music
Oy Fg-Naxos Ab (Ltd)
Karapellontie 4 C
02610 ESPOO
Finland .

Video – Simon of Cyrene (Simon Kyrenläinen)

Film released by:
Gospel Power Association & Media Vision (Tampere Finland)
English & French translations of lyrics:
(Angel House International Missions Ministries r.f.)

Käsikirjoitus ja musiikki: Lasse Heikkilä
Kuvaus ja toteutus: Media Vision Oy
Tuottaja: Gospel Power ry

Video available through:

Gospel Power Association
Ala-Heikkiläntie 6
33700 Tammerfors
(Tampere, Finland)

Pääosissa: (Lead Roles) Christian-Charles de Plicque, Sanna Kauppinen, Heikki Hela, Päivi Virtanen, Ari Santaharju, Nina Leskinen

Music For Easter and for the whole year!
Lasse Heikkilä’s unforgettable “Simon Kyreneläinen” (Simon of Cyrene) With Translations in English

Track listing

  1. Alkusoitto (Overture)
  2. Siinä vasta mies! (What a man!)
  3. Muukalainen (The Foreigner)
  4. Ruukkutanssi (Dance of the Pottery)
  5. Maria
  6. Yön ylistys (Night Praise)
  7. Hoosianna (Hosianna)
  8. Deboran tanssi (Deborah’s Dance)
  9. Niinkuin yö (So Like The Night)
  10. Via dolorosa (Via Dolorosa)
  11. Näkemiin Jerusalem(Goodbye Jerusalem)
  12. Uusi aika alkaa (A New Time Begins)
  13. Hymni (Hymn)

Solistit (soloists):

Simon (tenori/tenor) – Christian Charles de Plicque
Magdaleena(soprano/Soprano) Päivi Virtanen
Marcus (baritoni/baritone) Heikki Hela
Maria(mezzosoprano/Mezzosoprano) Sanna Kauppinen


Recorded by: MTV’s Mobile Truck
Recorded at: Tampere Music Conservatory
Mixed at: MTV Music Studios/Helsinki
by: Lasse Heikkilä and Jorma Hamaläinen

Producer: Lasse Heikkilä
Composed and arranged by: Lasse Heikkilä

Finngospel Records
Espoo Finland
FGCD 5075

Kuoro (Choir):

Sopraano: Heli Helanummi, Tieja Kallio, Eija Kankaanranta, Kaisa Kellomiemi, Katariina Korpiaho, Hanna Kulonpää, Terhi Palvenen, Marjo Rantamäki, Anu Virtamo

Altto: Hanna Alarotu, Emmi Julin, Leena Palavouri, Taina Tiilikainen
Tenori: Teemu Kauppinen, Mika Palvenen, Heikki Päätalo, Sami Rajala, Erkki Salo
Basso: Tero Heinämäki, Sami Lahdensuo, Topi Lehtipuu, Jaani Vilkkilä
Kuoron johto: Sanna Kauppinen

Orkesteri (Orchestra):

Huilu: Merja Eskelinen, Päivi Lehikoinen
Oboe: Heikki Poyhönen
Klarinetti: Kimmo Varjoranta, Taina Moilanen, Harri Järvinen
Fagotti: Tuomas Junttila
Saksofoni: Petteri Vilen, Jurki Myllylä, Sami Kari
Käyrätorvi… Jukka Immonen
Trumpetti: Sami Siikala, Ari Sundström
Pasuuna: Marjaana Nieminen, Petri Lempinen
Lyömäsoittimet: Jyrki Tiilikainen, Jussi Willgren
Kitara: Mari Mäntylä
Piano: Tarmo Järvilehto
Viulu: Merja Järvilehto, Hanna Koistinen, Päivi Kyräjärvi, Ulla Kyräjärvi, Riikka Luostarinen, Eira Lähde, Katri Nikkola, Outi Palomäki, Inga Salonen, Satu Siren Anni-Kaisa Tikkala, Jukka Tirkkonen, Ahti Valtonen
Alttoviulu: Kimmo Kivivouri, Arto Koistinen, Pentti Mikkonen, Kaarina Ruusuvirta, Bela Tanito
Sello: Päivi Myrkä, Varpu Haavisto, Maria Jämsä
Basso: Jukka Kampman
Orkesterin johto: Lasse Heikkilä.

Orchestra and Choir under the direction of: Lasse Heikkilä

Mateusza: 27:32
Wychodzac, spotkali pewnego czlowieka z Cyreny, imieniem Szymon. Tego przymusili, zeby niosl krzyz Jego.


Mattteus 27:32
På vägen till avrättningsplatsen träffade de en man från Kyrene i Afrika som hette Simon. Honom tvingade de att bära Jesu Körs.


Matthieu 27:32
A la sortie de la ville, ils croisèrent un nommé Simon, originaire de Cyrène (en Afrique). Ils le réquisitionnèrent de force pour lui faire porter la Croix de Jésus.


Matteus 27:32
Ja matkalla he tapasivat kyreneläisen miehen, jonka nimi oli Simon. Hänet he pakottivat kantamaan hänen ristiänsä.

“Simon of Cyrene”: (Christian-Charles de Plicque, is shown here in this photo, comfortiing his wife: “Debora” (Nina Leskinen) at midnight, on a hill, overlooking Jersualem. They were ex-slaves, coming to Jerusalem to start a new life as free people. But they were heavily persecuted shortly after they arrived, because of their color, because they did not speak the language well, and they were looked at as untrustworthy and people that did not fit into that society at the time.The people of Jerusalem “said” they loved Simon. But they only “loved” him, because he could dance, act, sing, make people smile… He telling interesting and funny stories that kept the crowds amused…. But in reality, they did not care for he or his wife at all, and talked behind their backs all the time.

The jewish shopkeeper (Kauppias), was a “friend” of Simon, but only because Simon knew all the gossip in the city and the shopkeeper would pay Simon for this “helpful information” that kept him one step ahead of the other shopkeepers in the city.

The shopkeeper himself, thought that Jesus was from the devil and did not believe, like many still today, that Jesus was the Messiah. Even at the end of the film, when given an opportunity to receive Christ, still the shopkeeper refused. Many others however did chose to receive and follow the Lord!

Here in this scene of the photo, Simon tries to comfort his wife. They are trying to escape Jerusalem during the night, so that hopefully no one will see them and try to attack or steal the few things they were left with. They robbed their house, stole all of Simons’ money (which to him, as with many people in the world, was everything)…

People even said that Simons’ wife, Debora, was actually lying when she said that Jesus healed her leg. She was crippled in one leg, before she met Jesus. But after her miraculous healing by the Lord, many who continued to refuse to believe in Jesus, said she was just “faking being crippled” from the beginning, long before her “so-called” miracle…

Men and women today are still running and working themselves to death, literally, for money… People continue lying, cheating and using people, for their own advantage, taking all the credit for everything, for themselves, and denying the One (Jesus) that made their very lives possible.

But suddenly in the scene below, Maria Magdalena (Päivi Sini Virtanen) appears, and tells Simon and Debora that Jesus is no longer in the grave, but that He is risen! That they do not have to run away, but now, they can return to Jerusalem and really begin to live their lives, freely, and in Christ, because of what He did on the Cross.

The film is not really about Simon of Cyrene at all, but about everyday men and women, lost and without hope. The Bible actually tells us very little about this man Simon of Cyrene. Only that he was forced, by the roman soldiers, to pick up the Cross of our Lord and carry It, after the Lord became too weak. But the most important thing to remember is that Jesus carried the Cross first!

We see in the film that the world has not changed much since over 2000 years ago. We still are in need of a Saviour. Aren’t you glad He is there for us?! Amen.