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The Last Supper, Alive!

Again during the 2009 Easter season, 13 men from the Oakdale United Methodist Church provided a life size rendition of Leonardo daVinci's Last Supper painting. Like the painting, we depicted the disciples at the moment that Jesus says "One of you will betray me." Did you ever wonder what the disciples were thinking? How did they respond to this chilling message?


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One-by-one, each of the disciples comes alive to describe his relationship and journey with Jesus. Each man contemplates whether he might be the betrayer. This living drama brings each of us to question our own words and actions - might I be the one to betray Christ? What will I have done when the cock crows?

Here are some photos from our 2007 performance of this phenomenal play: The Last Supper, Alive!

We also have videos. You should have a broadband connection to view these: Last Supper Videos - 2009 and Last Supper Videos - 2007.

Our presentation is based on a script written by the Reverend Ernest K. Emurian that was first presented on Palm Sunday, 1954, at Elm Avenue Methodist Church in Portsmouth, VA. His script has the apostles speaking their minds in monologue to themselves, to the Lord and to the audience, in response to the tragic message that Jesus Christ has just spoken to them. Each of them wonders: "Is it I?"

Leonardo, versatile genius of the Renaissance, was born in Vinci, Italy in 1452. Though he excelled in many fields, he is chiefly remembered today because of two wonderful paintings; the MONA LISA and THE LAST SUPPER. In 1494, when Leonardo was forty-two, he was commissioned by the Duke of Milan to decorate the dining room of the convent Church which was the favorite shrine of the Duke's young bride. As an appropriate theme for this dining room, the painter chose THE LAST SUPPER. His painting was not intended to be a faithful reproduction of the original scene as it had taken place in first century Palestine, but as it might have taken place in fifteenth century Italy. He chose what he considered the most dramatic moment of THE LAST SUPPER."