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Various Holy Week links 

Walk with Jesus in his suffering and share in his resurrection during Holy Week. 

We have three services – Wed (Tenebrae), Thurs (Maunday Thursday), and Friday (Good Friday) all at 7pm as well as Easter Sunday at 11am to explore the events and meanings of this important week in the life of the Church. There is a prayer vigil for one hour after the Maundy Thursday service.

The Biblical verses below will lead you along Jesus’ path during Holy Week.  After each day there is a link from "Progression of Faith" that includes a summary based on The Last Week (Borg/Crossan)

There are a series of focus links to examine other topics, such as Holy Week Art and a special presentation on Leonardo's Last Supper.  The music of Holy Week is explored by examining Bach's Passion works, St. Matthew and St. John's Passion.

Lectionary discussion for Easter

Sunday, April 13, 2014 – Palm Sunday

Giotto di Bonde, Entry into Jerusalem (1304-06), Fresco, Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

From the service - April 13, 2014

Photos 2014 
Service Review 
Catherine's sermon
Passion narrative in parts
Service Readings 
Bulletin 2014 

Special -Remembering the Belfry construction,  2012 - Jim Heimbach's photos. Easter week is a time of remembrance. In that spirit it is appropriate to present these pictures to celebrate this achievement. 

Palm Sunday is the hinge between Lent and Holy Week. Here is a page that uncovers the meaning of the day

Palm Sunday in scripture

Jesus, at the Mount of Olives, sends two disciples to secure a donkey and a colt; makes his “triumphal entry” into Jerusalem; weeps over Jerusalem

The Trek from the Mount of Olives
Luke 19:28-40
Matthew 21:1-11
Mark 11:1-10
John 12:12-15 

Some Greeks seek Jesus  John 12:20-36 

Jesus enters the temple area, then returns to Bethany
Mark 11:11 
Matthew 21:17  


Holy Week Timeline - Palm Sunday
Progression of Faith Blog - Palm Sunday

Monday, April 14, 2014 – The Temple

Jesus Cleansing the Temple

On Monday morning Jesus and the Twelve leave Bethany to return to Jerusalem, and along the way Jesus curses the fig tree

Fig Tree is cursed -Mark 11:12-14
Matthew 21:18-19

Jesus enters Jerusalem and clears the temple

Temple Protest - Mark 11:15-19 
Matthew 21:12-13
Luke 19:45-46

In the evening Jesus and the Twelve leave Jerusalem (returning to Bethany )
Mark 11:19 

Focus on Holy Week – Art of Holy Week 


Holy Week Timeline- Monday
Progression of Faith Blog - Monday

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - The End Times

Titus Destroying Jerusalem (Wilhelm von Kaulbach)

Jesus’ disciples see the withered fig tree on their return to Jerusalem from Bethany. As they passed by in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered away to its roots.  

Fig Tree part 2 - Mark 11:20-25
Matthew 21:20-22 

Jesus engages in conflict with the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem

There are 4 confrontations 

1. Jesus Authority challenged (Matthew 21:23)
2. Parable of the troublesome tenant (Matthew 21:33)
3  Paying taxes to Caesar (Matthew 22:15)
4. The Greatest commandment (Matthew 22:23) 

Matthew 21:23-23:39
Luke 20:1—21:4 
Mark 12:1-44

The Disciples marvel at the Temple; Jesus delivers the Olivet Discourse on their return to Bethany from Jerusalem about the Temple and end times.

Prophecy about the Temple - Mark 13:1-2
Prophecy about the Future - Mark 13:3-37, Mathew 24:3-25:46, 26:1-2
Matthew 24:1-25:46 

Luke 21:5-36


Holy Week Timeline- Tuesday
A Visual Timeline of Mon. and Tues.
The Four Traps on Tuesday
What Happened on Tuesday of Holy Week ?
Progression of Faith Blog - Tuesday

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 – The Plot and the Perfume 

Jesus continues his daily teaching in the Temple

Luke 21:37-38

With Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread approaching, the chief priests, elders, and scribes plot to kill Jesus

Plot to Kill Jesus Mark 14:1-2  
Matthew 26:3-5
Luke 22:1-2

The anointing at Bethany - Mark 14:3-9

Satan enters Judas, who seeks out the Jewish authorities in order to betray Jesus for a price 

Judas goes to meet with chief priests - Mark 14:10-11
Matthew 26:14-16
Luke 22:3-6


Holy Week Timeline- Wednesday
A Visual timeline of Wednesday
Spy Wednesday
What Happened on Wednesday of Holy Week ? 
Brothers of SSJE comment on betrayal
Progression of Faith Blog - Wednesday


Tenebrae 7pm  This service introduces the events of Holy Week and provides an opportunity to meditate on those events through the words of the Psalms. The most conspicuous feature of the service is the gradual distinguishing of candles until only a single candle, considered a symbol of our Lord, remains.

Bulletin 2014
Service Readings
Photos 2014 
Description 2014 

Thursday, April 17, 2014 – The Arrest  

Jesus instructs  Peter and John to secure a large upper room in a house in Jerusalem and to prepare for the Passover meal

Preparations for the Meal - Mark 14:12-16
Matthew 26:17-19
Luke 22:7-13  

In the evening Jesus eats the Passover meal with the Twelve, tells them of the coming betrayal, and institutes the Lord’s Supper 

The Last Supper - Mark 14:17-31, John 13.1-17.26Matthew 26:20-29, Luke 22:14-30

After supper Jesus washes the disciples’ feet, interacts with them, and delivers the Upper Room Discourse

John 13:1-17:26

Jesus foretells Peter’s denials

Matthew 26:31-35
Mark 14:27-31
Luke 22:31-34

Jesus and the disciples go to Gethsemane, where he struggles in prayer and they struggle to stay awake late into the night

Gethsemane, the arrest - Matthew 26:47-56 
Gethsemane, the arrest - Luke 22:47-53 
Gethsemane, the arrest - Mark 14:32-52 

Progression of Faith Blog - Thursday

Passion Gallery - Thursday

Focus on Leonardo DaVinci's Last Supper 


Holy Week Timeline- Thursday
A Visual timeline of Thursday
What Happened on Thursday of Holy Week ?
Progression of Faith Blog - Thursday

Maundy Thursday







Maundy Thursday 7pm 
At this service, we focus on the institution of Holy Eucharist, given to us by Jesus at the Last Supper, the gift of love in the sacrament of Christ’s Body and Blood. We also focus on the law of love, the demonstration of self-giving which is symbolized in the washing of feet. This service is the beginning of the celebration of the Passion and Death of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Bulletin 2014 
Photos 2013
Description 2013 

Service Readings 
Sermon 2013 


Friday, April 18, 2014 – The Execution

Jesus is betrayed by Judas and arrested by the authorities (perhaps after midnight, early Friday morning)

Matthew 26:47-56
Mark 14:43-52
Luke 22:47-53
John 18:2-12 

Jewish trial, phase 1: Jesus has a hearing before Annas (former high priest and Caiaphas’s father-in-law)

Interrogation by Annas – John18:12-15, John 18:19-24 

Jewish trial, phase 2: Jesus stands trial before Caiaphas and part of the Sanhedrin

Night Trial -  Mark 14:53-65
Matthew 26:57-68

Peter denies Jesus

Peter in the Courtyard -  Mark 14:66-72 
Matthew 26:69-75
Luke 22:55-62
John 18:15-18, 25-27

Perhaps after sunrise, phase 3 of Jesus’ Jewish trial: final consultation before the full Sanhedrin; sent to Pilate

Morning Council Meeting - Mark 15:1, Luke 22:66-23.1  Matthew 27:1-2

Phase 1 of Jesus’ Roman trial: first appearance before Pontius Pilate; sent to Herod Antipas 

First hearing before Pilate -Luke 23.1-7  , Mark 15:2-5 , Matthew 27:11-14  

Phase 2 of Jesus’ Roman trial: appears before Herod Antipas; sent back to Pontius Pilate

Interrogation by Antipas - Luke 23.8-12 

Judas hangs himself - The Death of Judas  - Mathew 27:3-5 

Phase 3 of Jesus’ Roman trial: Jesus’ second appearance before Pilate; condemned to die

Second hearing before Pilate - Luke 23.13-23   Mark 15:6-15 Matthew 27:15-26, John 18:28-19:16 

The flogging - Mark 15:16-20 

Jesus is crucified (from approximately 9 AM until Noon). The crucifixion - Mark 15:16-32  , Matthew 27:27-54  Luke 23:26-49. John 19:16-37 

Darkness at noon - Mark 15:33
“It is Finished” - Mark 15:34-47 
Joseph of Arimathea - Mark 15:42-47, John 19:38-42  

Progression of Faith Blog - Friday

Passion Gallery - Friday

Focus on the Music of Good Friday - St. Matthew's  Passion, St. John's Passion

Focus on the Art of Holy Week  

Good Friday

Good Friday, 7pm This service is a time of prayer and reflection as we meditate on Christ’s passion and death. At this service, we will hear the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John. A large cross will be brought into the church and we will have time to meditate on Christ’s passion and death during the Veneration of the Cross.

Photos 2013 
Description 2013 
Bulletin 2014
Service Readings
Sermon 2013  

Saturday, April 19, 2014 - The Silence

The Women prepare for annointing Jesus

Pilate Posts Guard – Mathew 27:62-66
Women prepare for Anointing – Mark 16:1

Progression of Faith Blog - Saturday

Passion Gallery 3 - Saturday

Sunday, April 20, 2014 - Easter, the Resurrection  

Progression of Faith Blog - Sunday

Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday, 11am 

Some women arrive at Jesus’ tomb near dawn, probably with Mary Magdalene arriving first.

Matthew 28:1,  Luke 24:1John 20:1

Mary and the other women, instead of finding Jesus’ body, are met by two young men who are angels; one of them announces Jesus’ resurrection.

Matthew 28:2-7Mark 16:4-7Luke 24:2-7

The women, fearful and joyful, leave the garden—at first unwilling to say anything to anyone about this but then changing their mind and going to tell the Eleven.

Mark 16:1-8Matthew 28:8

Mary Magdalene likely rushes ahead and tells Peter and John before the other women arrive.

John 20:2

The other women, still en route to tell the disciples, are met by Jesus, who confirms their decision to tell the Eleven and promises to meet them in Galilee.

Matthew 28:9-10

The women arrive and tell the disciples that Jesus is risen.  Jesus rose from the dead on the third day after his crucifixion

Luke 24:8-11

Peter and John rush to the tomb (based on Mary Magdalene’s report) and discover it empty.

John 20:3-10Luke 24:12

That afternoon Jesus appears to Cleopas and a friend on the road to Emmaus; later Jesus appears to Peter

Luke 24:13-35

That evening Jesus appears to the Ten (minus Thomas) in a house (with locked doors) in Jerusalem. The Upper Room.

Luke 24:36-43, John 20:19-23 

Easter, 11am Service St. Peter's

The service will begin with the lighting the paschal flame. We will carry the light of our Risen Lord and Savior into the church. We will light the paschal candle with the light from the paschal flame. And during this service, we will celebrate the new life available to all of us through the resurrection of Jesus. 

Photos Sunrise Service 

Photos 2013 
Bulletin 2013 
Special Easter Gifts
Description, 2013
Service Readings 2014


Holy Week Geography  

Google Maps and Holy Week

Google Maps and Passion Week




The women, fearful and joyful, leave the garden

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