13 Facts About Last Supper


The Last Supper is commemorated by Christians especially on Holy Thursday.

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The Last Supper provides the scriptural basis for the Eucharist, known as "Holy Communion" or "The Lord's Supper".

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The four canonical gospels state that the Last Supper took place in the week of Passover, days after Jesus's triumphal entry into Jerusalem, and before Jesus was crucified on Good Friday.

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The term "Lord's Last Supper" refers both to the biblical event and the act of "Holy Communion" and Eucharistic celebration within their liturgy.

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Eastern Orthodox use the term "Mystical Last Supper" which refers both to the biblical event and the act of Eucharistic celebration within liturgy.

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The Last Supper was likely a retelling of the events of the last meal of Jesus among the early Christian community, and became a ritual which recounted that meal.

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Paul's First Epistle to the Corinthians, which was likely written before the Gospels, includes a reference to the Last Supper but emphasizes the theological basis rather than giving a detailed description of the event or its background.

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The Maundy Thursday church tradition assumes that the Last Supper was held on the evening before the crucifixion day .

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Saint Mark's Syrian Orthodox Church in Jerusalem is another possible site for the room in which the Last Supper was held, and contains a Christian stone inscription testifying to early reverence for that spot.

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Calvin believed that the acts of Jesus at the Last Supper should be followed as an example, stating that just as Jesus gave thanks to the Father before breaking the bread, those who go to the "Lord's Table" to receive the sacrament of the Eucharist must give thanks for the "boundless love of God" and celebrate the sacrament with both joy and thanksgiving.

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Some evangelical groups borrowed Seder customs, like Haggadahs, and incorporated them in new rituals meant to mimic the Last Supper; likewise, many secularized Jews presume that the event was a Seder.

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Some Jesus Seminar scholars consider the Last Supper to have derived not from Jesus' last supper with the disciples but rather from the gentile tradition of memorial dinners for the dead.

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Best known depiction of the Last Supper is Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper, which is considered the first work of High Renaissance art, due to its high level of harmony.

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