AS A WOMAN OF FAITH, I appreciate the opportunity to begin Holy Week in a visually memorable and contemplative way by attending “The Last Supper Drama” at St. John’s United Church of Christ, Wheeling Township. The drama begins at 8 p.m. on Palm Sunday, April 9, as darkness falls.
For 55 years now, parishioners past and present, playing the roles of Jesus’ disciples, have presented this interpretation of Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper painting. Each disciple actor stands and speaks of his personal relationship with Christ. It is moving, powerful and emotional to hear these monologues in the darkness of an aged limestone country church.
While the actors alternate from year to year, the script and music remain unchanged from the original of 1963. There is comfort in that, in tradition, in the unchanging story, in the reverent respect and in the focused spotlight on Christ.
It’s an inspirational way to start Holy Week, in a mindset of contemplation.
FYI: Click here to see photos and stories from past performances of this drama.
St. John’s UCC is located east of Faribault at 19086 Jacobs Avenue, a county road off Minnesota State Highway 60.
© Copyright 2017 Audrey Kletscher Helbling
I love these presentations. They really do add to the Holy Week experience.
Have you been to a similar one?
Chris played “John” years ago in Pennsylvania and our church in Mason City did it as well.
Ah, OK, so you know this well.
What an awesome way to visually connect with the Last Supper of Jesus with his disciples during Holy Week!
It truly is an impressive drama which personalizes the relationship between Christ and his disciples.
Wow that would be inspirational to watch. Thanks for sharing
Unfortunately, we didn’t attend this year because I’ve been dealing with a really bad cold for more than a week now.
I hope you are feeling better soon.
I’m definitely getting better. I know you had a long bout of illness this winter. Are you feeling back to healthy?
My allergies have kicked in big time. They will get a little better after our crabapple tree grows and sheds its blossoms. That thing bothers me more than anything.
I forgot about your allergies. You really haven’t gotten much of a break, have you? Be well.