Everything you need to have your own Last Supper on Holy Thursday... a favorite Christ-Centered Easter tradition!
Last Supper Dinner- A Christ-Centered Easter Tradition
If you're looking for a way to keep Christ in Easter, having a Last Supper family dinner on the Thursday of Holy Week is a great way!
A few years ago, I wanted to add more spiritual celebrations to our Easter Season. We already had the Easter bunny visit on Saturday, but I knew we could focus a whole lot more during Easter Week. (Get all the Holy Week details here)
You can often find Passover meals to attend during Easter time, but they are long, deep, and not super family-friendly.
So...that's when I decided to create our own Last Supper dinner program for Holy Thursday.
Even if you can't do this Easter tradition on Thursday, choose a time sometime during Easter week to do this activity with your family.
What did Jesus eat at the Last Supper?
Although the Bible doesn't tell us exactly what Jesus and His disciples ate at the Last Supper, this fascinating article tells us that bean stew, unleavened bread, lamb, olives, fish sauce, dates, bitter herbs, and aromotized wine was likely on the menu.
Additionally, unlike many popular paintings you have probably seen of the Last Supper where they are seated at a formal rectangle table, Jesus and His apostles sat on floor cushions just like the Romans did during the time period.
So even though that's what was served at the Last Supper, you can continue this Christ-Centered Easter tradition with your own family using an altered menu.
Last Supper Menu
Here's a list of our favorite Last Supper food ideas.
Choose what foods work for you...after all, you want this to be a positive experience.
- bean stew= (or Slow Cooker Lentil soup)
- unleavened bread= pita bread, pita chips
- lamb or Chicken kabobs
- wine= Sparkling Cider (Martinelli's)
- dried frui
Last Supper Set Up: Place a blanket on the floor in the kitchen or living room. Cushions are optional- I would avoid them if you are eating with small children. Place all the Last Supper meal ideas above in the center of the blanket. Enjoy!
What happened at the Last Supper?
Once everyone is seated comfortably on the floor with their food, you can start discussing what Jesus said at the Last Supper.
There are many Passover dinners that are popular to do during Easter, but I think they are too long for kids. So I created our own Last Supper program with discussion cards to walk you through the events of that night.
There is a program for the host to walk you through what happened as well as 12 printable Last Supper discussion cards with what Jesus said and scriptures from the Bible.
This is what they look:
Get all 12 discussion cards, menu, and Last Supper recipes here.
Last Supper Recipes
Slow Cooker Lentil Soup Recipe
And here is the recipe we used for the Lentil soup. It's perfect for the slow cooker-- throw it all together in the morning and by dinner time, the lentil soup will be ready!Print
Lentil Soup for Passover Dinner
- 1 cup red lentils
- 3 ½ cups water
- 3 tsp. chicken bouillon
- 1 can diced Italian tomatoes (or plain and add spices)
- sauteed onions
- chopped carrots
- minced garlic
- Saute onions, carrots, and garlic for a few minutes.
- Throw everything into a crockpot on low for 8-10 hours.
- Serve with pita bread, olives, grapes, and sparkling cider for a simple Passover dinner.
I've never thought about doing a passover meal! what a fun idea to bring more Easter into Easter!
Twila Ramsey says
Scratch the tomatoes. They didn't arrive in the Middle East until the 18th century.
Thanks for the info!!