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"Lord, Is it I?" A drama depicting Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper, will be presented Thursday at 7 p.m. at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in Decatur. Featured in the drama are John Godbey (Bartholomew, also known as Nathaniel), Joe Kirby (James the Lesser), Taylor Collins (Andrew), Jeff Strickland (Judas), Allen Copeland (Peter), Don Swaney (John), Nick Thwing (Jesus), Bill Rudolph (Thomas), Eric Fleischauer (James), Joshua McCoy (Phillip), Marlin Coffey (Matthew), Dennis Griffith (Thaddaeus) and C.D. Tripp (Simon the Zealot).
Area Christians remember events leading to the Resurrection
Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday, the three days before Easter, comprise what the Christian church calls the Sacred Triduum. "Triduum" is Latin for "three days."
Maundy Thursday begins the Passion of Jesus Christ. The "Maundy" comes from the Latin "mandatum," or command, a reference to Jesus Christ's words from John 13:34: "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another" (KJV).
Christ gave this commandment at the Last Supper, as he and his disciples celebrated the first day of the Jewish Passover.
Many Christian churches have Holy Communion services on Maundy Thursday to commemorate the day and the institution of the Lord's Supper. Many churches also commemorate Christ's passion in the Garden of Gethsemane and his arrest.
Good Friday remembers the day Jesus was crucified. This day is called "good" by Christians because of their belief that Christ's death on the cross atoned for their sins and restored humankind's broken relationship with God. Many churches have solemn services of commemoration this day, often including the Tenebrae service, meaning "darkness" in Latin.
Holy Saturday is the pause before Easter. Some churches hold Easter egg hunts on this day, but in Catholic churches, it means the altar is stripped of its vestments, the tabernacle is empty and the crucifix is draped in black. It is a day of mourning before Easter Sunday.
Easter Sunday is the great day of celebration in the Christian church. It commemorates the day Jesus Christ was resurrected, ensuring eternal life and victory over death.
It is the oldest festival in Christian tradition and is celebrated with special music, flowers, white altar paraments and with egg hunts or other celebrations. In the Catholic tradition, it marks the end of Lent, and its days of fasting. Easter is the day the light of Christ returns to the church.
Many Protestant churches hold a sunrise service, in reference to the women going to Christ's tomb "early in the morning" and finding it empty.
- Amy Pollick
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