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      The Memorial, held after sunset, includes a talk on the meaning of the celebration and the circulation among the audience of unadulterated red wine and unleavened bread. Jehovah's Witnesses believe the bread symbolizes Jesus Christ's body which he gave on behalf of mankind, and that the wine symbolizes his blood which redeems from sin. They do not believe in transubstantiation or consubstantiation. Because many congregations have no members who claim to be anointed, it is common for no one to partake of the bread and wine.

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        Matthew 28:1
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        Matthew 28:5-15
      5 But the angel said to the women: “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus who was executed on the stake.+6 He is not here, for he was raised up, just as he said.+ Come, see the place where he was lying. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he was raised up from the dead, for look! he is going ahead of you into Gal′i·lee.+ You will see him there. Look! I have told you.”+8 So, quickly leaving the memorial tomb, with fear and great joy, they ran to report to his disciples.+ 9 And look! Jesus met them and said: “Good day!” They approached and took hold of his feet and did obeisance* to him. 10 Then Jesus said to them: “Have no fear! Go, report to my brothers so that they may go to Gal′i·lee, and there they will see me.”11 While they were on their way, some of the guards+ went into the city and reported to the chief priests all the things that had happened. 12 And after these had gathered with the elders and had consulted together, they gave a considerable number of silver pieces to the soldiers 13 and said: “Say, ‘His disciples came in the night and stole him while we were sleeping.’+ 14 And if this gets to the governor’s ears, we will explain the matter to* him and you will not need to worry.” 15 So they took the silver pieces and did as they were instructed, and this story has been spread abroad among the Jews up to this very day.
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      Matthew 27:1, 2
      When morning came, all the chief priests and the elders of the people consulted together against Jesus to put him to death.+2 After binding him, they led him off and handed him over to Pilate, the governor.+ Matthew 27:27-37
      27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the governor’s residence and gathered the whole body of troops together around him.+ 28 And disrobing him, they draped him with a scarlet cloak,+ 29 and they braided a crown out of thorns and put it on his head and put a reed in his right hand. And kneeling before him, they mocked him, saying: “Greetings,* you King of the Jews!” 30 And they spat on him+ and took the reed and began hitting him on his head. 31 Finally, after they had mocked him, they stripped him of the cloak and put his outer garments on him and led him off to be nailed to the stake.+32 As they were going out, they found a man of Cy·re′ne named Simon. This man they compelled into service to carry his torture stake.*+ 33 And when they came to a place called Gol′go·tha,that is, Skull Place,+ 34 they gave him wine mixed with gall* to drink;+ but after tasting it, he refused to drink it. 35 When they had nailed him to the stake, they distributed his outer garments by casting lots,+ 36 and they sat there keeping watch over him.37 They also posted above his head the charge against him, in writing: “This is Jesus the King of the Jews.”+
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      Matthew 27:62-66
      62 The next day, which was after the Preparation,+ the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered together before Pilate,63 saying: “Sir, we recall what that impostor said while he was still alive, ‘After three days I am to be raised up.’+ 64 Therefore, command that the grave be made secure until the third day, so that his disciples may not come and steal him+ and say to the people, ‘He was raised up from the dead!’ Then this last deception will be worse than the first.” 65 Pilate said to them: “You may have a guard. Go make it as secure as you know how.” 66 So they went and made the grave secure by sealing the stone and posting a guard.
       
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      Matthew 28:2-4
      2 And look! a great earthquake had taken place, for Jehovah’s*angel had descended from heaven and had come and rolled away the stone, and he was sitting on it.+ 3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing was as white as snow.+ 4 Yes, out of their fear of him, the watchmen trembled and became as dead men.
       
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      Matthew 26:17-19
      17 On the first day of the Unleavened Bread,+ the disciples came to Jesus, saying: “Where do you want us to prepare for you to eat the Passover?”+ 18 He said: “Go into the city to So-and-so and say to him, ‘The Teacher says: “My appointed time is near; I will celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your home.”’” 19 So the disciples did as Jesus instructed them and prepared for the Passover.
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      7 The first day of the Unleavened Bread now arrived, on which the Passover sacrifice must be offered;+ 8 so Jesus sent Peter and John, saying: “Go and get the Passover ready for us to eat.”+ 9 They said to him: “Where do you want us to get it ready?” 10 He said to them: “Look! When you enter into the city, a man carrying an earthenware water jar will meet you. Follow him into the house that he enters.+ 11 And say to the landlord of the house, ‘The Teacher says to you: “Where is the guest room where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?”’ 12 And that man will show you a large, furnished upper room. Get it ready there.” 13 So they left and found it just as he had told them, and they prepared for the Passover.
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      Matthew 26:20-56
      20 When evening came,+ he was reclining at the table with the 12 disciples.+ 21 While they were eating, he said: “Truly I say to you, one of you will betray me.”+ 22 Being very much grieved at this, each and every one began to say to him: “Lord, it is not I, is it?” 23 In reply he said: “The one who dips his hand with me into the bowl is the one who will betray me.+ 24 True, the Son of man is going away, just as it is written about him, but woe+ to that man through whom the Son of man is betrayed!+ It would have been better for that man if he had not been born.”+ 25 Judas, who was about to betray him, replied: “It is not I, is it, Rabbi?” Jesus said to him: “You yourself said it.”
      26 As they continued eating, Jesus took a loaf, and after saying a blessing, he broke it,+ and giving it to the disciples, he said: “Take, eat. This means my body.”+ 27 And taking a cup, he offered thanks and gave it to them, saying: “Drink out of it, all of you,+ 28 for this means my ‘blood+ of the covenant,’+which is to be poured out in behalf of many+ for forgiveness of sins.+ 29 But I say to you: I will by no means drink again any of this product of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in the Kingdom of my Father.”+ 30 Finally, after singing praises,* they went out to the Mount of Olives.+
      31 Then Jesus said to them: “All of you will be stumbled in connection with me on this night, for it is written: ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered about.’+ 32 But after I have been raised up, I will go ahead of you into Gal′i·lee.”+ 33 But Peter, in response, said to him: “Although all the others are stumbled in connection with you, I will never be stumbled!”+ 34 Jesus said to him: “Truly I say to you, on this night, before a rooster crows, you will disown me three times.”+ 35 Peter said to him: “Even if I should have to die with you, I will by no means disown you.”+ All the other disciples also said the same thing.
      36 Then Jesus came with them to the spot called Geth·sem′a·ne,+ and he said to the disciples: “Sit down here while I go over there and pray.”+ 37 And taking along Peter and the two sons of Zeb′e·dee, he began to feel grieved and to be greatly troubled.+ 38 Then he said to them: “I am* deeply grieved, even to death. Stay here and keep on the watch with me.”+ 39 And going a little way forward, he fell facedown, praying:+ “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup+ pass away from me. Yet, not as I will, but as you will.”+
      40 He returned to the disciples and found them sleeping, and he said to Peter: “Could you not so much as keep on the watch for one hour with me?+ 41 Keep on the watch+ and pray continually,+ so that you may not enter into temptation.+ The spirit, of course, is eager,* but the flesh is weak.”+ 42 Again, a second time, he went off and prayed: “My Father, if it is not possible for this to pass away unless I drink it, let your will take place.”+ 43 And he came again and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. 44 So leaving them, he again went off and prayed for a third time, saying once more the same thing. 45 Then he returned to the disciples and said to them: “At such a time as this, you are sleeping and resting! Look! The hour has drawn near for the Son of man to be betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46 Get up, let us go. Look! My betrayer has drawn near.” 47 While he was still speaking, look! Judas, one of the Twelve, came and with him a large crowd with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests and the elders of the people.+
      48 Now his betrayer had given them a sign, saying: “Whoever it is I kiss, he is the one; take him into custody.” 49 And going straight up to Jesus, he said: “Greetings, Rabbi!” and gave him a tender kiss. 50 But Jesus said to him: “Fellow, for what purpose are you present?”+ Then they came forward and seized Jesus and took him into custody. 51 But look! one of those with Jesus reached out his hand and drew his sword and struck the slave of the high priest, taking off his ear.+ 52 Then Jesus said to him: “Return your sword to its place,+ for all those who take up the sword will perish by the sword.+ 53 Or do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father to supply me at this moment more than 12 legions of angels?+ 54 In that case, how would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must take place this way?” 55 In that hour Jesus said to the crowds: “Did you come out to arrest me with swords and clubs as against a robber? Day after day I used to sit in the temple teaching,+ and yet you did not take me into custody.+ 56 But all of this has taken place for the writings* of the prophets to be fulfilled.”+ Then all the disciples abandoned him and fled.+
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      Matthew 26:1-5
      Now when Jesus had finished saying all these things, he said to his disciples: 2 “You know that two days from now the Passover takes place,+ and the Son of man will be handed over to be executed on the stake.”+
      3 Then the chief priests and the elders of the people gathered in the courtyard of the high priest, who was named Ca′ia·phas,+ 4 and they conspired together+ to seize* Jesus by cunning* and to kill him. 5 However, they were saying: “Not at the festival, so that there may not be an uproar among the people.”
      Mathew 26:14-16
      14 Then one of the Twelve, the one called Judas Is·car′i·ot,+ went to the chief priests+ 15 and said: “What will you give me to betray him to you?”+ They stipulated to him 30 silver pieces.+ 16 So from then on, he kept looking for a good opportunity to betray him.
      Luke 22:1-6
      Now the Festival of the Unleavened Bread, which is called Passover,+ was getting near.+ 2 And the chief priests and the scribes were looking for an effective way to get rid of him,+ because they were afraid of the people.+ 3 Then Satan entered into Judas, the one called Is·car′i·ot, who was numbered among the Twelve,+ 4 and he went off and talked with the chief priests and temple captains about how to betray him to them.+ 5 They were delighted at this and agreed to give him silver money.+ 6 So he consented and began looking for a good opportunity to betray him to them without a crowd around.
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      Matthew 21:33-41 33 “Hear another illustration: There was a man, a landowner, who planted a vineyard+ and put a fence around it and dug a winepress in it and erected a tower;+ then he leased it to cultivators and traveled abroad.+34 When the fruit season came around, he sent his slaves to the cultivators to collect his fruit. 35 However, the cultivators took his slaves, and they beat one up, another they killed, another they stoned.+ 36 Again he sent other slaves, more than the first group, but they did the same to these.+ 37 Lastly he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ 38 On seeing the son, the cultivators said among themselves, ‘This is the heir.+ Come, let us kill him and get his inheritance!’ 39 So they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.+ 40 Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those cultivators?” 41 They said to him: “Because they are evil, he will bring a terrible* destruction on them and will lease the vineyard to other cultivators, who will give him the fruits when they become due.”   Matthew 22:15-22
      15 Then the Pharisees went and conspired together in order to trap him in his speech.+ 16 So they sent their disciples to him, together with party followers of Herod,+ saying: “Teacher, we know you are truthful and teach the way of God in truth, and you do not seek anyone’s favor, for you do not look at the outward appearance of people. 17 Tell us, then, what do you think? Is it lawful* to pay head tax to Caesar or not?” 18 But Jesus, knowing their wickedness, said: “Why do you put me to the test, hypocrites? 19 Show me the tax coin.” They brought him a de·nar′i·us.* 20 He said to them: “Whose image and inscription is this?” 21 They said: “Caesar’s.” Then he said to them: “Pay back, therefore, Caesar’s things to Caesar, but God’s things to God.”+ 22 When they heard that, they were amazed, and they left him and went away.     Matthew 23:1-12 Then Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples, saying: 2 “The scribes and the Pharisees have seated themselves in the seat of Moses. 3 Therefore, all the things they tell you, do and observe, but do not do according to their deeds, for they say but they do not practice what they say.+ 4 They bind up heavy loads and put them on the shoulders of men,+ but they themselves are not willing to budge them with their finger.+ 5 All the works they do, they do to be seen by men,+ for they broaden the scripture-containing cases that they wear as safeguards*+ and lengthen the fringes of their garments.+ 6 They like the most prominent place at evening meals and the front* seats in the synagogues+ 7 and the greetings in the marketplaces and to be called Rabbi* by men. 8 But you, do not you be called Rabbi, for one is your Teacher,+ and all of you are brothers. 9 Moreover, do not call anyone your father on earth, for one is your Father,+ the heavenly One. 10 Neither be called leaders, for your Leader is one, the Christ. 11 But the greatest one among you must be your minister.+ 12 Whoever exalts himself will be humbled,+ and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.+     Matthew 24:1-3 Now as Jesus was departing from the temple, his disciples approached to show him the buildings of the temple. 2 In response he said to them: “Do you not see all these things? Truly I say to you, by no means will a stone be left here upon a stone and not be thrown down.”+     Next you'll want to read:
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      Matthew 21:12,13
      12 Jesus entered the temple and threw out all those selling and buying in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves.+13 And he said to them: “It is written, ‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’+ but you are making it a cave of robbers.”+
        Matthew 21:18,19
      18 While returning to the city early in the morning, he felt hungry.+ 19 He caught sight of a fig tree by the road and went to it, but he found nothing on it except leaves,+ and he said to it: “Let no fruit come from you ever again.”+ And the fig tree withered instantly. 20 When the disciples saw this, they were amazed and said: “How is it that the fig tree withered instantly?”+
       

      John 12:20-50
      20 Now there were some Greeks among those who had come to worship at the festival. 21 So these approached Philip,+ who was from Beth·sa′i·da of Gal′i·lee, and they began to request him, saying: “Sir, we want to see Jesus.” 22 Philip came and told Andrew. Andrew and Philip came and told Jesus.
      23 But Jesus answered them: “The hour has come for the Son of man to be glorified.+ 24 Most truly I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just one grain; but if it dies,+ it then bears much fruit. 25 Whoever is fond of his life* destroys it, but whoever hates his life*+ in this world will safeguard it for everlasting life.+ 26 If anyone would minister to me, let him follow me, and where I am, there my minister will be also.+ If anyone would minister to me, the Father will honor him. 27 Now I am* troubled,+ and what should I say? Father, save me out of this hour.+ Nevertheless, this is why I have come to this hour. 28 Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice+ came out of heaven: “I have glorified it and will glorify it again.”+
      29 The crowd that was standing there heard it and began to say that it had thundered. Others said: “An angel has spoken to him.” 30 Jesus answered: “This voice has occurred, not for my sake, but for your sakes. 31 Now there is a judging of this world; now the ruler of this world+ will be cast out.+ 32 And yet I, if I am lifted up from the earth,+ will draw all sorts of men to myself.” 33 This he was really saying to indicate what sort of death he was about to die.+ 34 Then the crowd answered him: “We heard from the Law that the Christ remains forever.+ How can you say that the Son of man must be lifted up?+ Who is this Son of man?” 35 So Jesus said to them: “The light will be among you a little while longer. Walk while you still have the light, so that darkness does not overpower you; whoever walks in the darkness does not know where he is going.+ 36 While you have the light, exercise faith in the light, so that you may become sons of light.”+
      Jesus said these things and went off and hid from them. 37 Although he had performed so many signs before them, they were not putting faith in him, 38 so that the word of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, who said: “Jehovah,* who has put faith in the thing heard from us?*+ And as for the arm of Jehovah,* to whom has it been revealed?”+ 39 The reason why they were not able to believe is that again Isaiah said: 40 “He has blinded their eyes and has made their hearts hard, so that they would not see with their eyes and understand with their hearts and turn around and I heal them.”+ 41 Isaiah said these things because he saw his glory, and he spoke about him.+ 42 All the same, many even of the rulers actually put faith in him,+ but they would not acknowledge him because of the Pharisees, so that they would not be expelled from the synagogue;+ 43 for they loved the glory of men even more than the glory of God.+
      44 However, Jesus called out and said: “Whoever puts faith in me puts faith not only in me but also in him who sent me;+ 45 and whoever sees me sees also the One who sent me.+ 46 I have come as a light into the world,+ so that everyone putting faith in me may not remain in the darkness.+ 47 But if anyone hears my sayings and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I came, not to judge the world, but to save the world.+ 48 Whoever disregards me and does not receive my sayings has one to judge him. The word that I have spoken is what will judge him on the last day. 49 For I have not spoken of my own initiative, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment about what to say and what to speak.+ 50 And I know that his commandment means everlasting life.+ So whatever I speak, I speak just as the Father has told me.”+
        Family Worship Ideas
      For Older Children
      The Greatest Man Who Ever Lived - 2006 

      God's Voice Heard a Third Time 104

      Visiting the Temple Again 103 

       
      For Younger Children
      My Book of Bible Stories - 2004.
      Jesus Cleans Out The Temple 89

       
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    • By The Librarian
      Part of a series on: The Memorial > 
       
      Matthew 21:1-11
      When they got close to Jerusalem and arrived at Beth′pha·ge on the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples,+2 saying to them: “Go into the village that is within sight, and you will at once find a donkey tied and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If someone says anything to you, you must say, ‘The Lord needs them.’ At that he will immediately send them.”

      4 This actually took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet, who said: 5 “Tell the daughter of Zion: ‘Look! Your king is coming to you,+ mild-tempered+ and mounted on a donkey, yes, on a colt, the offspring of a beast of burden.’”+

      6 So the disciples went and did just as Jesus had instructed them.+ 7 They brought the donkey and its colt, and they put their outer garments on them, and he sat on them.+ 8 Most of the crowd spread their outer garments on the road,+ while others were cutting down branches from the trees and spreading them on the road. 9 Moreover, the crowds going ahead of him and those following him kept shouting: “Save, we pray, the Son of David!+ Blessed is the one who comes in Jehovah’s* name!+ Save him, we pray, in the heights above!”+

      10 And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in an uproar, saying: “Who is this?” 11 The crowds kept saying: “This is the prophet Jesus,+ from Naz′a·reth of Gal′i·lee!”
       
      Matthew 21:14-17
      14 Also, blind and lame people came to him in the temple, and he cured them.
      15 When the chief priests and the scribes saw the marvelous things he did and the boys who were shouting in the temple, “Save, we pray, the Son of David!”+ they became indignant+ 16 and said to him: “Do you hear what these are saying?” Jesus said to them: “Yes. Did you never read this, ‘Out of the mouth of children and infants, you have brought forth praise’?”+ 17 And leaving them behind, he went out of the city to Beth′a·ny and spent the night there.+
       
      Family Worship Ideas
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      The Greatest Man Who Ever Lived - 2006
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    • By The Librarian
      Part of a series on: The Memorial > 
       

      Matthew 26:6-13 6 While Jesus was in Beth′a·ny in the house of Simon the leper,+ 7 a woman with an alabaster jar of costly perfumed oil approached him, and she began pouring it on his head as he was dining.* 8 On seeing this, the disciples became indignant and said: “Why this waste? 9 For this could have been sold for a great deal of money and given to the poor.” 10 Aware of this, Jesus said to them: “Why do you try to make trouble for the woman? She did a fine deed toward me. 11 For you always have the poor with you,+ but you will not always have me.+ 12 When she put this perfumed oil on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial.+ 13 Truly I say to you, wherever this good news is preached in all the world, what this woman did will also be told in memory of her.”+   Family Worship Ideas
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    • By Bible Speaks
      29 And when he got near to Bethʹpha·ge and Bethʹa·ny at the mountain called Mount of Olives, he sent two of the disciples, 30 saying: “Go into the village that is within sight, and after you enter it, you will find a colt tied, on which no man has ever sat. Untie it and bring it here. 31 But if anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ you must say, ‘The Lord needs it.’” 32 So those who were sent went away and found it just as he had said to them. 33 But as they were untying the colt, its owners said to them: “Why are you untying the colt?” 34 They said: “The Lord needs it.” 35 And they led it to Jesus, and they threw their outer garments on the colt and seated Jesus on it.
      36 As he moved along, they were spreading their outer garments on the road. 37 As soon as he got near the road down the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and to praise God with a loud voice because of all the powerful works they had seen, 38 saying: “Blessed is the one coming as the King in Jehovah’s* name! Peace in heaven, and glory in the heights above!”  39 However, some of the Pharisees from the crowd said to him: “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” 40 But in reply he said: “I tell you, if these remained silent, the stones would cry out.”
      41 And when he got nearby, he viewed the city and wept over it, 42 saying: “If you, even you, had discerned on this day the things having to do with peace—but now they have been hidden from your eyes.43 Because the days will come upon you when your enemies will build around you a fortification of pointed stakes and will encircle you and besiege* you from every side. 44 They will dash you and your children within you to the ground,+and they will not leave a stone upon a stone in you,+ because you did not discern the time of your being inspected.”
      Memorial Bible reading: (Daytime events: Nisan 9) (Luke 19:29-44).

    • By Queen Esther
      This  graphic  is  showing  the  number of partaking anointed remnant at the  MEMORIAL  since  1938....
      What  a  big  surprise  is  this  curious  curve !
      Many  years  of  lessening # of partaking anointed ones,  until  2007....
       
      Fred Franz
      b. Sept. 12, 1893 d. Dec. 22, 1992. (possibly a last one of the first group of anointed of "this generation")
      Mark Sanderson born 1965, baptized 1975 (10 yrs old), 27 yrs. old in 1992. ( 17 yrs in truth by this time; one of the last one's of "this generation")
      1993   8,693
      1994   8,617
      1995   8,645
      1996   8,757
      1997   8795
      1998   8756
      1999   8755
      2000   8661
      2001   8730
      2002   8760
      2003   8565
      2004   8570
      2005   8524
      2006   8,758
      2007   9,105 (when increase became
      2008   9,986 without question)
      2009 10,857
      2010 11,202
      2011 11,824
      2012 12,604   
      2013 13,204
      2014 14,121
      2015 15,177   6419 increase in past 9 years  
       
       
       
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