Jesus's disciples got ready for the Passover meal. During the meal, Jesus told the disciples that one of them would betray Him. Then, to help them remember Him, He gave them the sacrament for the first time. Jesus went to the Garden of Gethsemane to suffer for our sins and to pray to God. People came with swords and arrested Him. The disciples ran away in fear. (The Friend, April 2011)
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For little ones:
Talk about how at the Last Supper, Jesus asked His disciples to partake of the sacrament as a way to remember Him. When we take the sacrament each week, we can remember the Savior too.
- Read Luke 22:19–20.
- Talk to your parents about something you can do to help you think about Jesus during the sacrament this Sunday.
- A special tradition our family has is a "Jerusalem dinner" where we eat foods common in Jesus' time. We eat at dusk with the lights off, our oil lamps burning. We talk about The Last Supper and the Passover with its ritual foods beitzah, maror, haroset, karpas, and matzot.
If you have a Jerusalem dinner, you can make the menu simple, like lentil soup and fish, or add adventurous foods like goat cheese. Enjoy eating with your fingers while you recline on blankets on the floor! Here are some foods common to Jesus' time: grape juice, honey, figs, grapes, raisins, dates, pomegranates, apricots, olives, lentils, peas, carrots, cucumbers, fish, chicken, lamb, beef, eggs, milk, cheese, yogurt, olive oil, almonds, pistachios, walnuts, bread.
- During dinner or another time today, read Isaiah 53:4, Matthew 26:17-75, Mark 14:12-72, Luke 22:7-65, John 14:1-18:27.