191 ”Lord, Is it I?”  ---  An awesome example of re-enactment events during Lent   posted: 060507, modified: 060517, 060601

”Lord, Is it I?” *, an adaption of A Living dramatization of Leonardo da Vinci’s ”The Last Supper,” by Ernest K. Emurian, was presented by Riverview Baptist Church Drama Team on April 13 (Maundy Thurs.) & 14 (Good Friday), 2006. The team includes Jesus and the 12 Apostles. One of the 12 Apostles was performed by Rev. David Wick.  It was really awesome.  This photo was shot on April 14, 2006 at the Riverview Baptist Church+ < www.RiverviewBaptist.net > , West St. Paul, MN.   
Before the play, I, a Japanese, can’t deny the fact that I wondered what the heck ”Is it I?” was. Once the play began, I got the meaning of ”Is it I?” Well, you readers are smarter than me, so you don’t need any explanation for ”Is it I?”  But, just in case, (for those who are the same as me) here is the answer.     --- Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray Me, one who is eating with me.” They began to be sorrowful, and to say to Him one after another, “Is it I?” ---  from the program of  “Lord, Is It I? *” by Riverview Baptist Church+

During Lent, especially on Maundy Thursday (or Holy Thursday) and Good Friday, there are many events at churches.  With the help of the St. Paul Pioneer Press** and the Star Tribune***, this year we had a chance to see two awesome re-enactment events in person. One was “The Living Last Supper” at Riverview Baptist Church+, and the other one was  “Living Stations of the Cross”, which was performed by youth, at Saint Jude of the Lake++.  Last year, we eye witnessed Fathers wash people’s feet (like Jesus did after the Last Supper
# ) on Maundy Thursday at the Cathedral of Saint Paul+++, and we also attended the candlelight vigil ceremony on Holy Saturday there.

The reason why quite a few re-enactment events are held in churches during Lent (especially Maundy Thursday and Good Friday) is that Easter is one of the two most important holidays for Christians (The other one is Christmas): Jesus Christ's Birth (Christmas), his Crucifixion and Resurrection (Easter).

FYI: The actual picture by Leonardo da Vinci, The Last Supper, 1498, Fresco, Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie (Refectory), Milan, Italy < http://www.ibiblio.org/wm/paint/auth/vinci/lastsupp.jpg >
* Ernst Krikor Emurian (1912 – 2004) <  http://www.cyberhymnal.org/bio/e/m/u/emurian_ek.htm > ; John: Good News Bible, American Bible Society, New York, “Jesus Predicts His Betrayal”, New Testament, P.145
+  Riverview Baptist Church, West St. Paul, MN < http://www.RiverviewBaptist.net >
Note: “Hi Cindy** and Kate***,  We really appreciated your info on the events in a timely manner.”
**  St. Paul Pioneer Press, St. Paul, MN < http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/ >
*** Star Tribune, Minneapolis, MN < http://www.startribune.com/ >
++ St. Jude of the Lake, Mahtomedi, MN < http://www.stjudemahtomedi.parishesonline.com/scripts/HostedSites/org.asp?p=1&ID=3869 >
+++ The Cathedral of Saint Paul, St. Paul, MN < http://www.cathedralsaintpaul.org/ >
Maundy Thursday; Jesus washes disciples’ feet, for example < http://www.prayer-works.org/Bible_Reading/Holy_Days_Index/Holy_Week/Maundy_Thursday/maundy_thursday.html >
Living Stations of the Cross: photo example online <
 http://www.tisd.net/~cnac/family/olvstation1.html >
Photo 2: The Last Supper food < http://www.rainbowcastle.org/maundyth.html >

For more info on Mardi Gras, Lent and Easter, see our Calendar 4, Easter  

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