“And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you” (Luke 22:19-20).
Christ instituted the sacred ordinance of the sacrament just prior to His preordained anguish in Gethsemane, which would be followed by the foretold crucifixion. “And he said unto them…I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer” (Luke 22:15). His twelve apostles were assembled for one last teaching moment – and He symbolically represented His atoning sacrifice that would shortly take place. In this portrayal of the Last Supper’s conclusion, the Lord’s aura is illuminated, while each of the remaining eleven apostles is individual in his personal response to the lasting significance of Christ’s lesson. In the left corner, one lurks in the shadows – presumably Judas, who has slunk away to betray Him. Elder Robert D. Hales of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles stated: “For all who come unto Christ…there is great responsibility to be worthy to participate weekly in the sacrament in order that they may…take His name upon them, renew their promise to keep all of His commandments, remember Him, know Him, and comprehend His greatness.” (footnote: Hales, Robert D., “In Remembrance of Jesus,” General Conference, Oct. 1997.)
Additional reading: “This Do in Remembrance of Me”