The Last Supper Of Jesus
"And giving thanks, broke, and said:
Take ye, and eat: this is my body,
which shall be delivered for you:
this do for the commemoration of me."
-1 Corinthians 11:24
At the Last Supper the greatest of the miracles of Jesus was performed.
This miracle was the Institution of the Eucharist.
Pope John Paul II gave us this event as the final Luminous Mystery to be added to
the meditations on the Rosary.
This most wonderful event in the life of Jesus has been reenacted in the Church throughout
the centuries in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
This perfect sacrifice is commemorated as Jesus commanded on the altars of Catholic
churches throughout the world everyday.
And now it has been given a fitting place of honor in Mary's Rosary.
Below you will find the Bible excerpts of this the Last Supper and the institution
of the Eucharist.
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"And Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went to the chief priests, to betray him to them. Who hearing it were glad; and they promised him they would give him money. And he sought how he might conveniently betray him.
"Now on the first day of the unleavened bread, when they sacrificed the pasch, the disciples say to him: Whither wilt thou that we go, and prepare for thee to eat the pasch? And he sendeth two of his disciples, and saith to them: Go ye into the city; and there shall meet you a man carrying a pitcher of water, follow him; And whithersoever he shall go in, say to the master of the house, The master saith, Where is my refectory, where I may eat the pasch with my disciples? And he will shew you a large dining room furnished; and there prepare ye for us." -Mark 14:10-15
"And the disciples did as Jesus appointed to them, and they prepared the pasch. But when it was evening, he sat down with his twelve disciples.
And whilst they were eating, he said: Amen I say to you, that one of you is about to betray me. And they being very much troubled, began every one to say: Is it I, Lord? But he answering, said: He that dippeth his hand with me in the dish, he shall betray me. The Son of man indeed goeth, as it is written of him: but woe to that man by whom the Son of man shall be betrayed: it were better for him, if that man had not been born. And Judas that betrayed him, answering, said: Is it I, Rabbi? He saith to him: Thou hast said it.
And whilst they were at supper, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and broke: and gave to his disciples, and said: Take ye, and eat. This is my body. And taking the chalice, he gave thanks, and gave to them, saying: Drink ye all of this. For this is my blood of the new testament, which shall be shed for many unto remission of sins. And I say to you, I will not drink from henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I shall drink it with you new in the kingdom of my Father. And a hymn being said, they went out unto mount Olivet." -Matthew 26:19-30
Let This Miracle Transform
Your Life Into A Life Of Peace
By Receiving Jesus Yourself
In The Holy Eucharist.
"And Jesus said to them: I am the bread of life.
He that cometh to me shall not
and he that believeth in me shall never thirst."
Giving the gift of Himself in the Eucharist at The Last Supper was the last thing Jesus did before He began
His sorrowful mission of redeeming mankind.
When Jesus said the words: "This is My body," and "This is My blood," at the last supper,
the entire substance of the bread was changed into His body and the entire substance of the
wine was changed into His blood.
The Last Supper was the first Mass.
Jesus made the apostles priests and gave them the power to turn bread and wine
into His body and blood.
Jesus promised, "He who eats my flesh, and drinks my blood, abides in me and I in him." -John 6:57
When you receive Jesus in the Holy Eucharist a special union between you and He is created.
This union makes the Holy Eucharist the greatest help to obtaining a peace filled and
The fruit of The Last Supper mystery is adoration.
Adoration is when profound reverence is shown to the Eucharist.
The Eucharist is also known as the Blessed Sacrament.
You can show this reverence in many ways.
The most venerable way of showing reverence to the Blessed Sacrament is at Eucharistic
You show it by your attentiveness during Mass,
when you genuflect to the Tabernacle, and by kneeling when the Blessed Sacrament is exposed.
You can even show your reverence by making the sign of the cross when you drive or
walk by a Catholic church.
The priest exposes the Blessed Sacrament and you can go in silence to adore Jesus.
You can pray, meditate, pray the Rosary, make the Stations of the Cross or just
quietly sit in the Presence of Jesus and recall the scene at the last supper.
Each person usually stays for one hour in response to Jesus' question in the Garden of
Gethsemane, "Could you not watch one hour with me?" -Matthew 26:40
An hour each week dedicated to visiting Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the best
investment of your time.
You will not believe the immense peace you will get from this simple practice.
Make it part of your routine. You will not be disappointed.
You will look forward to these peaceful hours you get to spend with Jesus.
Make sure you get some good prayer books to aid in your meditations during your hour.
I would strongly recommend My Prayer Book by Fr. Lasance.
In it you will find many prayers and devotions as well as reflections and ways to
improve your life.
The Bible passages used for this scriptural rosary mystery were taken from the timeless
Douay Rheims Catholic Bible
If you are looking for a more modern language version of this mystery, our recommendation would be the
St. Ignatius Press Bible.
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