Maundy Thursday: Annex A

Last Supper Script [1]
[Characters: Narrator, Jesus, Peter, James, John, Judas, Apostles]

Narrator: When it was evening, Jesus took his place at the table with the Twelve Apostles.

Jesus: Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me.

Apostles: [Each Apostle will state this line one after another.] Surely not I, Lord?

Jesus: The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me.

Judas: Surely not I, Rabbi?

Jesus: You have said so.

Narrator: Jesus took a loaf of bread, and after giving thanks and blessing it he broke it, gave it to his disciples.

[Jesus picks up the bread and tears it into pieces and passes one to each of the Apostles and disciples sitting there.]

Jesus: Take this all of you and eat it. This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in memory of me.

[The Apostles and disciples eat the bread.]

Narrator: Then Jesus picked up the cup and gave thanks.

Jesus: This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this in memory of me.

[Stay in silence as the words sink in]

Narrator: The disciples began to argue about which of them was the greatest.

James: I’m the greatest.

John: No, I’m the greatest.

Apostles: [Each Apostle will state this line one after another.] No, I’m the greatest.

Jesus: The greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like one who serves. For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.

Narrator: The apostles were all very sad for arguing with one another.

Jesus: You will all become deserters because of me this night; for it is written, “I will strike the shepherd, and the flock will be scattered.” But after I am raised up, I will go ahead of you to Galilee.

Peter: I will never desert you.

Jesus: Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the cock crows, you will deny me three times.

Peter: I will not deny you.

Apostles: [One after another] I will not deny you.