The last meal Jesus had with His disciples before He was betrayed and crucified as recorded in each gospel. He took bread and wine stating these two emblems represented His body (soon to be sacrificed) and blood (soon to be given) for mankind (Mk 14:17-25). It is significant that this was the traditional Passover meal, a special time of remembrance for the Jews. Jesus gave it a special meaning for believers and Paul explained the reason for its ongoing celebration (1 Cor 11:23-34). This is the origin of communion (also called the Lord’s Supper, Lord’s Table, Mass, Eucharist).
See also: communion, Passover.