Detail of Jesus from the Lord's Supper.

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Title:Detail of Jesus from the Lord's Supper
Notes:JESUS MAFA is a response to the New Testament readings from the Lectionary by a Christian community in Cameroon, Africa. Each of the readings was selected and adapted to dramatic interpretation by the community members. Photographs of their interpretations were made, and these were then transcribed to paintings.

Jesus’ face is solemn as he institutes the Lord’s Supper in preparation for his imminent arrest and crucifixion. We observe the eucharist to remember Christ in our community as we seek to unite with one another in the common goal of loving the world as Christ loves us. As we re-member ourselves to be one body, Christ enters into our midst to guide us in his ways. Whenever we observe this sacred ritual, may we remember Jesus and his mission and unite with him to remember the sick, hungry, imprisoned, dying, widow, orphan, and all who are oppressed.


Scripture:Luke 22:14-23:56
John 6:51-58
John 14:23-29
Matthew 26:14-27:66
Mark 14:1-15:47
Lectionary links:CPass
General Subject:Passion of Jesus Christ: Last Supper
Culture: African
Culture: Black
Library of Congress Subject:Christian art and symbolism -- Cameroon
ICONCLASS Number:73D244

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Attribution:JESUS MAFA. Detail of Jesus from the Lord's Supper, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved July 12, 2024]. Original source: (contact page:
Record Number:48298 Last Updated: 2022-05-05 11:48:36 Record Created: 2006-12-15 00:00:00
Institution:Vanderbilt University Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition