BANGOR, Maine — Each year, Jehovah’s Witnesses observe just one holiday: a commemoration of Christ’s last meal with his disciples.
Followers believe that Jesus initiated the practice as a replacement for the Jewish observance of Passover. At sundown Monday, Jehovah’s Witnesses and those interested in learning more about the faith will gather throughout the world to mark the occasion and hear lay leaders read an identical message.
Jehovah’s Witnesses in the Bangor area will hold the Memorial of Jesus Christ’s Death at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 14, at Bangor Motor Inn conference center, 701 Hogan Road. The same service at 7:30 p.m. Monday will be conducted in American Sign Language at Kingdom Hall, 2029 Broadway.
Unlike faiths that celebrate communion daily, weekly or monthly, Jehovah’s Witnesses believe the bread and wine — which represent the body and blood of Christ — should be shared just once a year when Passover is observed.
“On the night before he died, Jesus instructed his disciples to commemorate the sacrifice that he was about to make,” a flier recently distributed about the upcoming observance said. “He told them: ‘Keep doing this in remembrance of me.’ Luke 22:19”
Last year, more than 19 million people in 239 different countries attended the memorial of Christ’s death, according to information posted on the denomination’s website, www.jw.org.
To locate where memorials will be held Monday, visit http://www.jw.org/en/jehovahs-witnesses/memorial/.