With love and gratitude to the Groppo family and friends. My most heartfelt thanks to all and especially to Nina and Frank.

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The Last Supper, aka The Lord’s Supper

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This is a non traditional Last Supper painting. The Apostles are standing and talking, having just arrived, rather than reclining or sitting at the long table which disappears out of the painting, and they are Jews, not Europeans. Mary Magdalene, who is sometimes but not always included, is in the front, and she is black, as she is believed to have come from Ethiopia. Mary loved Jesus dearly, and is the one He first appears to after His Resurrection, so she is given more prominence. Judas has no halo and his hands are red with the blood of his impending betrayal of Jesus to the Sanhedrin for the thirty silver coins in the satchel he is clutching. Jesus is seated at the head of the table, as on a throne. The table contains only a loaf of bread and a glass of wine, the most important elements of the Last Supper, and representing the sacrament of communion celebrated by His followers to this day. Above the halo of Jesus is Earth and the Star of David, representing the Line of David that Jesus came from as well the Jews He came as Messiah for, but they knew him not. The gentiles, however, did, and according to God’s plan from the beginning, salvation through faith in Christ was made available to the world. The setting sun, red sky and background represent evening Passover meal time, the sun setting on the earthly life and ministry of Jesus, and the red of His blood that would flow the next day. The tree outside the window is a fig tree, symbolizing the Nation of Israal, and the tree he would be nailed to.

Present are the apostles: Andrew, Bartholomew aka Nathanael, James the Elder, James the Lesser or Younger, John, Judas, Jude aka Thaddeus, Matthew aka Levi, Peter aka Simon Peter, Philip, Simon the Zealot, and Thomas.

Matthew 26:26-28

While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.”

Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.

The Last Supper is what we call the last meal Jesus ate with His disciples before His betrayal and arrest. It was more than Jesus’ last meal; it was a Passover meal, as well. One of the important moments of the Last Supper is Jesus’ command to remember what He was about to do on behalf of all mankind: shed His blood on the cross thereby paying the debt of our sins (Luke 22:19).

In addition to predicting His suffering and death for our salvation (Luke 22:15–16), Jesus also used the Last Supper to imbue the Passover with new meaning, institute the New Covenant, establish an ordinance for the church, and foretell Peter’s denial of Him (Luke 22:34) and Judas Iscariot’s betrayal (Matthew 26:21–24).

The Last Supper brought the Old Testament observance of the Passover feast to its fulfillment. Passover was an especially holy event for the Jewish people in that it commemorated the time when God spared them from the plague of physical death and brought them out of slavery in Egypt (Exodus 11:1—13:16). During the Last Supper with His apostles, Jesus took two symbols associated with Passover and imbued them with fresh meaning as a way to remember His sacrifice, which saves us from spiritual death and delivers us from spiritual bondage: “After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, ‘Take this and divide it among you. For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.’ And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you’” (Luke 22:17–20).

The Last Supper was rooted in the Old Covenant even as it heralded the New. Jeremiah 31:31 promised a New Covenant between God and Israel, in which God said, “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people” (Jeremiah 31:33). Jesus made a direct reference to this New Covenant during the Last Supper: “This cup is the new covenant in my blood” (Luke 22:20). A new dispensation was on the horizon. In God’s grace, the New Covenant applies to more than Israel; everyone who has faith in Christ will be saved (see Ephesians 2:12–14).

The Last Supper was a significant event and proclaimed a turning point in God’s plan for the world. In comparing the crucifixion of Jesus to the feast of Passover, we can readily see the redemptive nature of Christ’s death. As symbolized by the original Passover sacrifice in the Old Testament, Christ’s death atones for the sins of His people; His blood rescues us from death and saves us from slavery. Today, the Lord’s Supper is when believers reflect upon Christ’s perfect sacrifice and know that, through our faith in receiving Him, we will be with Him forever (Luke 22:18; Revelation 3:20). From

Alicia Unleashed “Road Trip” Episode 19.5 with B-Side and Alicia Cox

Alicia and Bridget taped a small episode while on a road trip Saturday. Comment  below how many times the word  “amazing” was said.

Topics include:

Providence Place Mall, Kevin Bacon, The Melting Pot, Best waiter Scott, NCAA. St.Joseph Day, Shout out to Sista Felicia, Surprise champagne, Chocolate fondue play by play

Hippolyte Jean Giradoux Quote of the Week

Giradoux“Only mediocre people are always at their best”

Hippolyte Jean Giradoux (1882-1944)

A French playwright, novelist, poet and essayist, Giradoux was primarily active in the period between the two World Wars, after having served in the First and having been awarded the Legion d’ Honour. He was also a diplomat in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and served as a judge in the Prix Blumenthal, a cultural award given to French artists during that era. Much of his work concerned the battle of the sexes, but was not well known in the English speaking world until his play “The Trojan War Will Not Take Place” was translated by Christopher Fry in the 1930’s.

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Periwinkle Lane


One of my favorite kayaking routes is from Corliss landing past Periwinkle Lane, under the A. Piatt Andrew bridge and down through Little River.   Although it can be a crazy route in the summer, early morning it can be fairly peaceful.   This view is from Periwinkle Lane…most summer days there are a few kayaks and skiffs tied up in the damp marsh just waiting for the tide to come in.  Looking forward to paddling again soon!

Sista Felicia’s Feast Of St. Joseph Celebration An Evening of Faith Friendship and Family!




My Cumnares who made this years St. Joseph Feast happen!

Thank you to everyone from the bottom of my heart for helping carry on Our Sicilian tradition honoring St Joseph this year. It was Awesome display of faith friendship & family from beginning to end. I’m honored to be hosting my My Aunt Vincie & Uncle Michael Militello’s Altar and honored to be doing it with most incredible Cumnares in the world. This year I felt the need to call in all the saints and angel and decided to change the color scheme of the altar wanting to look more angelic like, I now know why. This years novena became even more special and important when my princess Coconut took ill on March 15 and needed emergency surgery on March 17th. I believe in the power of prayer and being surrounded by so much love really help me make it through the last few days. Friday night wouldn’t have happened without each and every one of you. They say it takes a village and my village is filled with rock stars Im feeling blessed this morning and ask you all to continue to pray for my Coconut.

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Honnored to be hosting and carrying on my Great Uncle Mike & Great Aunt Vincie Militello’s St. Joseph Tradition. The Novena  I grew up attending with my mother gradmother aunts and cousins. We tresure the memories sitting at their dinningroom table singing the Sicilian songs and prayers!
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Happy Birthday to One of My Favorites

So this Gloucester icon turned 70 the other day and I was so happy to be able to celebrate with him for a bit at his surprise party  yesterday afternoon.

Happy, Happy Birthday Fred Shrigley!  You have given so many of us tons of laughs and lots of love for years on end!  You’re one of the best for sure!   xoxoxoxo

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Vernal Equinox 12:30 AM this morning

6:20AM twenty minutes before sunrise. It's spring but wear your mittens since it is a bit nippy out there.
6:20AM twenty minutes before sunrise. It’s spring but wear your mittens since it is a bit nippy out there.
If you click on the sunrise and enlarge you can see the Rockport Breakwater and also a very large barge. A click or two on maritime traffic and bread crumbs left behind by the tug Dolphin identifies the boat heading north five miles out. Hope the heat works on the bridge.
If you click on the sunrise and enlarge you can see the Rockport Breakwater and also a very large barge. A click or two on maritime traffic and bread crumbs left behind by the tug Dolphin identifies the boat heading north five miles out. Hope the heat works on the bridge.

Forum to discuss the future of Cub Scouting in Rockport

More Cape Ann Community News-

Cape Ann Community

Rockport Cub Scouts Pack 55 has called for an open forum to discuss the current state and uncertain future of Cub Scouting in Rockport. Leadership will deliver an address on the current state of the pack focusing on our strengths, weaknesses, opportunities & threats (SWOT). We will then open the forum to the floor to discuss solutions that are necessary to operate a successful Cub Scouting Pack.
The public are encouraged to attend. Having a son in Cub Scouts is not required. For more information, e-mail

Where: Scout Hall, 47 Mount Pleasant Street, Rockport
When: Thursday, March 31, 6:30-7:30pm.

-Best Regards:
Paul F Franklin
Cubmaster – Pack 55
Rockport, MA

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