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It's been a unique part of their holy week observance for nearly three decades. members of Mt. Holly Springs United Methodist Church, where they are bringing to life Biblical accounts of the Last Supper, as depicted in Leonardo da Vinci's famous painting. Even at rehearsal, the reenactors find it a rewarding experience.

Gene Weaver, who has played Jesus since the program began, says the experience is very personal.

"Thinking about what was actually happening when Jesus met with his disciples," he said. "And the reason they were meeting becomes really an emotional, slash, spiritual undertaking."

"Using the painting as a guide, director Kathy Redmond ensures detailed accuracy of body positions, wardrobe and table items. Charter member of the cast, Brian Robertson, who plays the Man in the Upper Room, says being a part of the portrayal is a great way to express your faith.

"Not all of us are Apostles," he said, " but we can all be disciples and help Jesus in what way we can, with the talents the Lord's given us."

Throughout the 20-minute reenactment, musical solos are featured and narrators guide the audience through key elements.

Over the years, some of the program's actors and costumes have changed, but not the purpose.

"It's a very important part of our faith as Christians to see that this takes place and to take part in that," said Weaver.

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