Saturday, April 11, 2009

Last Supper Singing

What Did Jesus Sing at the Last Supper? This is the question Brant Pitre raises, and it's one I got side-tracked with a few weeks ago. In my quick distraction from Colossians, I found this beautiful quote by Jeremias which tells an interesting story...

We know the prayers with which Jesus concluded the Last Supper. They are all prayers of thanksgiving. They praise him who delivered Israel from the Egyptians, before whose presence the earth trembles (Ps. 114). They praise him as the one living God, in whom the people of God put their trust; and who blesses those who fear him, and who will be blessed evermore (Ps. 115). They promise to the merciful redeemer, who has delivered the living from death, sacrifices of thanksgiving and the payment of vows in the presence of all his people (Ps. 116). They call upon the heathen to join in praise (Ps. 117). And they conclude with a prayer expressing the thanksgiving and jubilation of the festal congregation: ‘O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his steadfast love endures for ever’ (Ps. 118:1). ‘Out of my distress has the Lord heard me’ (v. 5). Now the songs of jubilation resound: ‘I shall not die, but I shall live, and recount the deeds of the Lord’ (v. 17). ‘The rejected stone has become the chief cornerstone through God’s marvellous doing’ (vv. 22f.). ‘Blessed be in the name of the Lord he who comes’ (v. 26). To thee will I give thanks: ‘Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; yea, his steadfast love endures for ever (v. 29). These were the words in which Jesus prayed.

Jeremias, The Eucharistic Words of Jesus, pg. 256

Enjoy celebrating the victory of God tomorrow morning!

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