Last week was a huge week for Jesus Christ's disciples.
Throughout the week, at Morning prayer, we looked at Jesus journey towards Calvary and crucifixion. On Maundy Thursday, we looked at the institution of Holy Communion,
On the night before he was betrayed, Jesus joined his apostles to celebrate the traditional Seder. That is the Jewish Passover Supper; part meal and part act of worship. This ceremony is a ritual meal and follows a very strict pattern.
So the disciples were amazed when Jesus deviated from the normal pattern. 1Corinthians is the earliest account of this:
1 Corinthians 11.23-26
For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.