FOR CHRISTIANS LIKE MYSELF, Holy Week marks a period of reflection and repentance as we remember the final days in the life of Christ before his crucifixion and resurrection.
For St. John’s United Church of Christ, Wheeling Township, rural Faribault, a presentation of “The Last Supper Drama” has been a long-standing Holy Week tradition. For 51 years, 52 this April 13, this congregation has presented the drama written by long ago pastor, the Rev. W. Rasche, and based on Leonardo da Vinci’s famous painting. It’s truly remarkable that a tradition like this would continue for more than five decades.
Twice, if not thrice, I’ve lost count, I’ve attended this Palm Sunday evening drama at this country church northeast of Faribault.
As darkness falls, voices hush, mood-setting music plays and a spotlight shines upon 12 performers role-playing the disciples.
It is a profound performance which presents a personal perspective on the relationships between Jesus and his followers.
I’d encourage you to attend. It’s worth the drive, worth your time.
There’s something about sitting straight-backed in a pew in the darkness of a Palm Sunday evening within the walls of an aged limestone church in the company of believers that comforts me and puts me in the proper meditative mindset for Holy Week. And that reaction is, I expect, exactly as St. John’s intends.
FYI: St. John’s is located 10 miles northeast of Faribault. Take Minnesota State Highway 60 east for eight miles and then turn north onto Rice County 24. Drive two miles to 19086 Jacobs Avenue.
The drama begins at 8 p.m. on Sunday, April 13, and is followed by lunch afterward in the fellowship hall.
© Copyright 2014 Audrey Kletscher Helbling