Of course, back then they weren’t called dresses. Or frocks. Or skirts. They were robes. Manly robes that just happened to look a whole lot like dresses. In the grand scheme of things, it wasn’t that long ago that robes were the fashion trend (even more than dresses made of meat or slime halter tops).
I had an opportunity to think about that the other day when I got all dressed up (pun intended) to participate in a living last supper dress rehearsal (pun not intended).
For those unfamiliar with the concept, a living last supper is pretty much what it sounds like— a real life reenactment of Leonardo Da Vinci’s painting. Men representing the 12 Apostles and Jesus gather for a staged dinner, striking poses like those in the famous painting. Music and information about the Apostles highlight the activity.
For some churches, the event is part of Maunday Thursday (no, for once that isn’t a typo). Maunday Thursday is the Christian feast observing the Last Supper. Also called Holy Thursday by some, it is observed the Thursday prior to Easter.
And in observation of the feast, many churches reenact the Last Supper. Part of that means finding 13 men willing to don dresses— er, robes— and reenact. One of those is Palma United Methodist, where this particular writer will be in full dress Thursday night as part of the observation. Luckily, it requires very little skill or good looks, just the ability to hold still for about three minutes.
Personally, this isn’t the first time I’ve been a part of one. The last one, if recalled correctly, involved this particular writer’s Apostle punting a collection plate. In my defense, removing my glasses made me as realistically vision impaired as anyone 2,000 years ago.
Anyone interested in seeing the reenactment is invited to attend Thursday night. Who knows, maybe you may be on the receiving end of a wayward plate. If nothing else, you’ll get to see 13 men wearing dresses and having a nice dinner.