I was thinking about leaving this photo for next year, but with the western Christian world celebrating Easter today, this is as good a time as any. I managed to visit the replica of the Last Supper in Lija on Good Friday morning. This is something I very much grew up with, as far back as I can remember. It is not a re-enactment, but simply a full-size replica of the last supper according to the Jewish tradition (i.e. the Jewish Passover meal, as would have been held in the time of Christ).
This is set up in the old parish church (‘old’ as in ‘medieval’), which is a beautiful and peaceful building in itself, opening with a prayer service on the Wednesday evening before Easter. Visitors can see this on Thursday and Friday morning; there is a short recorded description that explains the set up. The replica has not changed much over the years. Really, the only difference I could see is that the lamb is no longer an actual cooked lamb.
So I asked my dad whether he’d want to come along (he did), and when we got there had a chat with those who help organize things. I’ve known these people since childhood (or rather, they’ve known me since childhood), and I asked nicely whether they’d mind if I took a few pictures with a tripod. I had the classic shot in mind, which would be almost impossible to take without support. But that’s something I’ll share another time. I started by walking around the table looking for extracts. I took a few, but preferred this in the end. There is something about the simplicity of the chalice and the unleavened bread.
Meanwhile, for those who celebrate it, I wish you l-Għid it-Tajjeb.