Icon of the Mystical Supper – F23


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Here the Holy Apostles sit with Jesus Christ at His last  Passover meal that initiates a great Mystery, the first Holy Communion as revealed by God to us.  St. John leans towards His Master’s breast, while Judas, darkened in hands, face and heart, reaches for the dish showing who would betray Him later that same night.  The giving of His Body and His Blood to His Disciples before His Passion brings the mystical and everlasting Kingdom which can know no end right into the life of these men who were the foundation here on earth of His Holy Church.  This is why the title of this icon and this event is not the Last Supper, which is already finished when the Mystery begins

Only Judas is shown in profile, as only he had a hidden side of darkness, not open and loving as the other Apostles, who are shown with both eyes visible, a common iconographic form.  We must remove through openness and love, any hidden malice or selfishness from our own hearts to join them in preparing for this Mystical event.  The table is rounded to show that there is always room for everyone to come and partake of Him.

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