Christ in the Passover Meal is March 25, 2018, at 6:00pm in the Faith Family Center.
The Last Supper was a Jewish Passover, a “seder,” a solemn sacrificial meal carried out according to ancient Jewish ritual by Our Lord and His apostles. The ceremony we will celebrate is an attempt to reconstruct the events of that solemn meal from the Gospel narrative and from what scholars tell us about the Passover in the time of Christ.
The Last Supper was the final celebration of the paschal rites of the Old Law before their fulfillment in the New, the Christian pasach. The Last Supper is the decisive moment when the foreshadowing of the Old Testament is replaced for all time by fulfillment of the New. The ceremony we celebrate is not merely a reconstruction of the Jewish paschal meal of the year 33; it is a dramatization of the specific meal Christ ate with His disciples before going out to the garden of Gethsemane.
For us Christians, the paschal meal is a dramatic presentation of the events of the Upper Room. We re-enact it to bring more vividly to our minds the Lord’s last hours upon earth and to deepen our understanding of the Gospels, making the gospel accounts of the Last Supper come to life for us. The paschal meal will also deepen our understanding of all the liturgical ceremonies of Holy Week and Easter.