The Parish of Żejtun is well known for the Good Friday Procession, with its statues and re-enactments, for its parish church decorated for the occasion with the Good Friday statues and for other exhibitions which are organized in connection with Holy Week.
Among these exhibitions we can find the Last Supper portrayed in the main crypt of the Parish church. This exhibition represents Jesus washing the feet of the Apostles in the final meal that He held with his Apostles, in which He instituted the Sacrament of the Eucharist which we still celebrate during Mass in our churches.
Life size statues depict Jesus Christ and the Apostles at the Last Supper which Jesus, as described in the Gospels, shared with His Apostles in Jerusalem before His Crucifixion. During the meal Jesus predicts his betrayal by one of the Apostles present and foretells Peter’s denial of knowing him.
The Last Supper is the traditional Passover Meal of the Jews which reminds us of the last meal celebrated by the Israelites before their Exodus from Egypt.
This exhibition was set up in 1999 by a group of volunteers of the Parish Church of Żejtun. In the first year a group of figurines were made representing the Apostles and set up in the Parish Hall of Żejtun. In the year 2000, statues of Jesus Christ, Peter and John were made by Chevalier Alfred Camilleri Cauchi and the rest of the statues were added in the following year.
During the years 1999 to 2008 the exhibition was held in the Parish Hall and from the year 2009 it was held in the Crypt of the Parish church. This exhibition is open to the public on the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows and remains open till Good Friday.
The exhibition of the Last Supper which is held every year helps us remember and reflect on the Institution of the Holy Eucharist which led to the Passion of Christ and His Resurrection.
The Last Supper : Visiting Hours
On Our Lady of Sorrows: from 7.00pm to 9.30pm
Palm Sunday: from 9.00am to 12.00pm
25th,26th 27th March 2013: from 6.00pm to 9.00pm
Maundy Thursday: from 9.00am to 12pm and from 9.00pm to 12am
Good Friday: from 8.30am to 12pm
Group visits may be organized. Kindly contact Mr Paul Zammit on Mobile No 79312053
Author: Paul Zammit
Translation: Angela Spiteri