The Last Supper

One of twelve paintings in the “What We Believe” Ascension Press series. Prints are available through Ascension here!

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Description

The twelve Apostles gather together, unknown to them Jesus has a different plan for this final Passover. He takes the bread and breaks it and gives it to them “this is my body”. He takes the chalice and gives it to them, “This is my blood” 

The Apostles are aware something new is happening, and while they may not understand fully until after the Resurrection, they know enough.

This is one of 12 paintings for the Ascension Press program “What We Believe” found here.

As part of the program I worked closely with the team to come up with each composition, and for this one it was particularly important to emphasize that all the Apostles are present even if we could only depict five, in order to mirror Pentecost and make the painting a manageable number of people, which is why there are two halos out of scene indicating the rest of the Apostles.

Peter, on the right, crosses his arms over his chest in humility, gazing at his Lord’s face. He is ready to even die for Jesus if they come after him, even if Jesus tells him he will deny him three times before morning. 

John, on the left, places a hand over his heart. He who rested upon the breast of Jesus during the last supper was intimately aware of the heart. He gazes, absolutely raptly, at the scene unfolding before him.

James, on the bottom left, with much longer hair than at Pentecost, looks upon the scene with rapt attention and once again folds his hands in prayer. 

The fourth Apostle shown isn’t anyone in particular since Peter, James and John are the only three ever called out by name in situations such as these, but we needed a fourth and unlike Pentecost, Mary Magdalene wouldn’t work here. This is the priesthood being instituted. Only the Twelve are listed as being present. As such, I like to think of this Apostle as Thomas, a hint to his doubt with his pointing finger to the Eucharist. Thomas believed so readily when it was right before his eyes, but struggled when he was only told. So to point Jesus out in the Eucharist is a reminder for me that we can get it when we’re at Mass and still struggle outside of it all. 

Additional information

Weight 4 oz
Dimensions 12 × 12 × 1 in
Size

8"x8", 12"x12", 16"x16"

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For every order, 10% of all proceeds will go to organizations who provide resources to at risk women before and after birth.

The first is The Pregnancy Care Center of Rockford. They area a local organization to me,  providing resources and care for free to women in crisis pregnancies, from ultrasounds to parenting classes to post abortion healing.

The second is the Sisters of Life, a newer religious community founded in 1991 in New York to promote the dignity of every human life. They have houses for women to come live with them during and after their pregnancy as they get back on their feet, as well as counseling for post abortion healing, and other missions.

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Hi! I’m Monica Skrzypczak; an oil painter and rosary maker with a passion for creating beauty and bringing faith into every home. Feel free to contact me to commission a painting or a custom rosary!

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