Last Supper play 'very meaningful' for Mt. Comfort UMC cast, audience

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MT. COMFORT — Everyone knows Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece “The Last Supper,” which depicts the evening Jesus Christ was betrayed.

It is an event chronicled in all four of the Gospels in the Christian New Testament. And at 7 p.m. on Palm Sunday, April 13, at Mt. Comfort United Methodist Church, the dramatic scene will be recreated, and each of the 12 disciples will appear and relate what it was like to be a disciple of Jesus.

“There’s not enough emphasis on the Lord’s Supper,” cast member Rudy Nylund said. “This was the last time the disciples were really together before the crucifixion of Christ. And they kind of dispersed and some of them went into hiding. Others were more bold. But they all had a different spin on their allegiance and devotion to Christ.”

According to the story, Jesus gathered his disciples together to eat and tell them he knew what was coming. During the meal, Jesus gave the disciples instructions on how to eat and drink in the future, in remembrance of him. It was the first celebration of the Eucharist.

Specifically, the Last Supper painting portrays the few seconds immediately after Jesus lets the disciples know that one of them would be the betrayer.

In the re-creation, each disciple, beginning with Bartholomew, shares his thoughts and what it was like to be a disciple of Jesus.

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