Jesus and his apostles: a last meal together

Jesus, sensing his imminent arrest, had a last meal with his friends. He predicted his betrayal and death, and described how Peter and Judas would fail him. Then he asked the disciples to remember him whenever they celebrated a similar meal.
This event is called the Last Supper.

(Below) A section of the Epitaphios of Thessaloniki. An epitaphios was a woven and embroidered cloth used in solemn liturgical ceremonies. This particular cloth shows superb handling of gold and silver thread and silk thread of other colours. Priests used it in the ‘ Great Entry’, when it was laid on the heads and shoulders of two or three priests, who then walked towards the altar carrying the eucharistic bread and wine. It shows the Last Supper: Christ offers wine to his apostles.

Epitaphios of Thessaloniki

Epitaphios of Thessaloniki

The Last Supper, Leonardo da Vinci

The Last Supper, Leonardo da Vinci

The Last Supper, Joos van Cleve, detail

Communion of the Apostles, James Tissot

Communion of the Apostles, James Tissot

The Last Supper, Pierre Dancart, Seville Cathedral

The Last Supper, Pierre Dancart, Seville Cathedral

The Last Supper, Hans Holbein the Younger, 1524

The Last Supper, Hans Holbein the Younger, 1524

The Last Supper, Phillippe de Champaigne

The Last Supper, Phillippe de Champaigne

The Last Supper, Fra Angelico, 1522

The Last Supper, Fra Angelico, 1522

The Last Supper, Passion Cycle, Ickleton, Cambridgeshire, 1150-1200

The Last Supper, Passion Cycle, Ickleton, Cambridgeshire, 1150-1200

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