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.
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
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
Some Greeks seek Jesus John 12:20-36
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
Jesus enters Jerusalem and clears the temple
In the evening Jesus and the Twelve leave Jerusalem (returning to Bethany )
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.
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)
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
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 – The Plot and the Perfume
Jesus continues his daily teaching in the Temple
With Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread approaching, the chief priests, elders, and scribes plot to kill Jesus
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
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.
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
In the evening Jesus eats the Passover meal with the Twelve, tells them of the coming betrayal, and institutes the Lord’s Supper
After supper Jesus washes the disciples’ feet, interacts with them, and delivers the Upper Room Discourse
Jesus foretells Peter’s denials
Jesus and the disciples go to Gethsemane, where he struggles in prayer and they struggle to stay awake late into the night
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.
Friday, April 18, 2014 – The Execution
Jesus is betrayed by Judas and arrested by the authorities (perhaps after midnight, early Friday morning)
Jewish trial, phase 1: Jesus has a hearing before Annas (former high priest and Caiaphas’s father-in-law)
Jewish trial, phase 2: Jesus stands trial before Caiaphas and part of the Sanhedrin
Peter denies Jesus
Perhaps after sunrise, phase 3 of Jesus’ Jewish trial: final consultation before the full Sanhedrin; sent to Pilate
Phase 1 of Jesus’ Roman trial: first appearance before Pontius Pilate; sent to Herod Antipas
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
The flogging - Mark 15:16-20
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.
Saturday, April 19, 2014 - The Silence
The Women prepare for annointing Jesus
Sunday, April 20, 2014 - Easter, the Resurrection
Easter Sunday, 11am
Some women arrive at Jesus’ tomb near dawn, probably with Mary Magdalene arriving first.
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.
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.
Mary Magdalene likely rushes ahead and tells Peter and John before the other women arrive.
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.
The women arrive and tell the disciples that Jesus is risen. Jesus rose from the dead on the third day after his crucifixion
Peter and John rush to the tomb (based on Mary Magdalene’s report) and discover it empty.
That afternoon Jesus appears to Cleopas and a friend on the road to Emmaus; later Jesus appears to Peter
That evening Jesus appears to the Ten (minus Thomas) in a house (with locked doors) in Jerusalem. The Upper Room.
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.
Holy Week Geography
Google Maps and Holy Week
The women, fearful and joyful, leave the garden