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KENLY — Thirteen men portrayed figures pictured in Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” painting in a live stage production April 17 at the Kenly Church of God.
The Living Last Supper drama, part of a weeklong celebration of Easter in the Kenly area, was a reenactment of Christ’s passover meal, his last meal on earth with his disciples before his crucifixion, according to gospel accounts.
Participants included several pastors and local residents who played the parts of Jesus Christ and the 12 disciples.
They were Joe McDougald of Delightful Temple Ministries; Corey Brown of Mincey Chapel; James Hoke of Bethany Missionary Baptist; Paul Dunham of Kenly United Methodist Church; Todd Sutton of Bethany Missionary Baptist; Matt Clarke of Kenly Missionary Baptist; Brian Wible of Kenly Church of God; George Arant of Kenly Missionary Baptist; Aubrey Williamson of Kenly Free Will Baptist; Donnie Jones of Kenly Free Will Baptist; Keith Davis of Mack’s Chapel AME; Jacob Allen of Kenly Church of God and Ernie Brame of Kenly United Methodist Church.
Pastor Devon Varnam of Kenly Missionary Baptist Church officiated the communion and Rick Stewart served as narrator for the production.
Judy Rains was the director. She was assisted by Karen Stewart.
Actors described their characters’ experiences with Jesus during the three years they were his chosen followers.
During the meal, according to scripture, Jesus informed his disciples that one of them would betray him to his enemies.
At the end of each disciple’s monologue, the question was posed to Jesus, “Is it I, Lord, is it I?”
“The Last Supper” mural was done in the late 15th century by Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci and is housed by the refectory of the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, Italy.
The painting is recognized as one of the world’s most famous works of art.
“Every disciple of Christ should realize that he or she has failed to follow Christ as faithfully as he expects, “ said George Arant of the Kenly Ministerial Association, who was one of the participants. This play helps us to understand that if Christ’s own disciples had misgivings, then so should we. I am thankful God loves us in spite of our failures and that Christ died on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins.”
Arant explained the Last Supper ended with a communion service where each congregant shares in the broken body and shed blood of Jesus Christ.
“That is the hope of Easter, knowing that Christ’s death and resurrection results in new life for all who believe,” said Arant.