Fifth Sunday of Lent-The Holy Sacraments

Luke 22.pngThen came the day of unleavened bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. Jesus sent Peter and John, saying. “Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover.” Where do you want us to prepare for it? they asked. He replied. As you enter the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him to the house that he enters, and say to the owner of the house. The teacher asks: Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples? He will show you a large room upstairs, all furnished. Make preparations there. They left and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover. When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.”  After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them saying, This is my body given for you, do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is shed for you, do this in remembrance of me. ” But you are those who have continued with Me in my trials, And I bestow upon a kingdom, just as my Father bestowed one upon Me, that you may eat and drink at my table in my Kingdom.

                                                                         Luke 22: 14-20, 28-30

The first Epistle to the Corinthians contains the earliest known mention of the of the Last Supper. The four canonical Gospels all state that the Last Supper took place toward the end of the week, after Jesus triumphal entry into Jerusalem and that Jesus and the apostles shared a meal before Jesus was crucified at the end of that week. Scholars have looked at the Last Supper as the source of early Christian Eucharistic traditions, since it provides the scriptural basis for the Eucharist, also knows as “Holy Communion” or “The Lord’s Supper”. The Last Supper served the dual purpose of venerating Passover (the escape of the Jews from slavery in Egypt) and the establishment of a new tradition, Christianity.

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

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