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Various Holy Week links 

Holy Week between Palm Sunday and Easter is the most sacred time of year. It’s remembering Jesus’ triumph, suffering and resurrection. Ultimately it’s about ours. From our Baptism liturgy- "We thank you, Father, for the water of Baptism. In it we are buried with Christ in his death. By it we share in his resurrection. Through it we are reborn by the Holy Spirit." Every Sunday is an Easter.

“Philosopher Charles Taylor has written that in sacred times chronology seems to disappear. That is true about Holy Week. The days become linked together and when we live through this period, we’re actually experiencing as it happened. We actually enter into the story, enter into the narrative in a more real way than we enter into any other day of the year” – Rev. Philip Jackson, Trinity Wall Street.

From early times, Christians have observed the week before Easter as a time of special prayer and devotion. As the pilgrim Egeria recorded in the late fourth century, numerous pilgrims to the holy city of Jerusalem followed the path of Jesus in his last days. They formed processions, worshipped where Christ suffered and died, and venerated sacred sites and relics. From this beginning evolved the practices we observe today on Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday.

"Struggle" – From the Brothers of St. John the Evangelist
“Make no mistake about it. The events of Holy Week and Easter are not merely annual reenactments of the tragic events of the life of an important historical personage. This is spiritual mystery on its deepest and most cosmic scale. These are mysteries we, too, struggle with daily all our lives and which remain beyond our comprehension.”
– Br. Eldridge Pendleton

“Holy Week is a time to think about risk, because that;’s what the whole Passion narrative represents. We watch those around Jesus- his disciples, his friends, his companions who has been with him since those early days of the ministry in Galilee. These are the companions who have watched him heal the sick, feed the multitudes and proclaim the good news. Yet we see them now, in that fateful last week, betraying him, denying him, running away fro him. These are stories not only of Judas and Peter, of John and James, they are our stories as well. Who stands firm and who runs? What happens when you run ? And what can we do, now that we have failed ourselves and others to find that “at-one-ment” agains.” – Amy-Jill Levine, Entering the Passion of Jesus: A Beginner’s Guide to Holy Week

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

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 LastWeek (Borg/ Crossan) as well as other commentaries.

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.

Bishop Goff’s Holy Week Message

Lectionary discussion for Easter, Year A

Sunday, April 5 , 2020– Palm Sunday

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

2020 Zoom Church 10:00am (gathering 9:30am)
Bulletin 2020
Service Readings 2020 
Passion Reading

2019 Service Review 2019 
Sermon 2019 
Photos 2019
Videos 2019 

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

Bishop Curry sets the scene

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  


Video Introduction to Palm Sunday
Holy Week Timeline – Palm Sunday
What happened on Palm Sunday ?
The Problem of Palm Sunday
Progression of Faith Blog – Palm Sunday 
Holy Week Visual Timeline

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. 

Monday, April 6 – 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

John 2:13-17 

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

Focus on Holy Week – Art of Holy Week 


Video Introduction, Monday
Holy Week timeline, Monday
Holy Week Timeline- Monday and Tuesday
What happened on Monday of Holy Week?
No turning back (Monday)

Progression of Faith Blog – Monday
Brothers of St. John the Evangelist- Praying Monday in Holy Week 

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 – 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
Matthew 26:1-2
Matthew 24:1-25:46 
Luke 21:5-36
John 12:20–38 

Today, Judas was working on the details of the betrayal of Christ and was paid 30 pieces of silver.
Matthew 26:14-16


Video Introduction, Tuesday
Holy Week Timeline- Tuesday
Holy Week Timeline- Monday and Tuesday
The Four Traps on Tuesday
What Happened on Tuesday of Holy Week ?
Progression of Faith Blog – Tuesday
Brothers of St. John the Evangelist- Praying Tuesday in Holy Week

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 – 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


Video Introduction to Wednesday
Holy Week Timeline- Wednesday
Holy Week Visual Timeline- Wednesday, Thursday
Spy Wednesday
What Happened on Wednesday of Holy Week ? 
Brothers of SSJE comment on betrayal
Progression of Faith Blog – Wednesday
Brothers of St. John the Evangelist – Praying Wednesday of Holy Week

2020 Tenebrae at Trinity Church Wall Street, 6pm

2018 Tenebrae, 2018 as sung by Trinity Wall Street



Tenebrae 7pm, April 17. 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.

Background to Tenebrae

Bulletin 2019
Service Readings for Wednesday
Photos 2019 
Description 2019 

Thursday, April 9, 2020 – 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 13.1-17.26
Matthew 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 


Video Introduction to Thursday
Holy Week Timeline- Thursday
Greatest Prayer in the World
What Happened on Thursday of Holy Week ?
Progression of Faith Blog – Thursday
Gethsemane (poem) – Mary Oliver
Brothers of St. John the Evangelist – Praying Maundy Thursday 


 Washington Cathedral, 7pm


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 2019 
Photos 2019
Description 2019 

Service Readings 
Sermon 2019 


Friday, April 10, 2020 – 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 –
John 18:12-15
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  


Video introduction to Friday
Holy Week Timeline-  Friday
Holy Week Visual Timeline-Friday
It is Finished
What Happened on Friday of Holy Week ?
Progression of Faith Blog – Friday 
Society of St. John the Evangelist – Praying Good Friday

2020 Zoom Church 7pm, 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.

Mary Peterman’s Stations of the Cross

Bulletin 2019
Photos 2019 
Description 2019 
Service Readings
Sermon 2019   

Saturday, April 11, 2020 – The Silence

The Women prepare for annointing Jesus

After the crucifixion on Friday, the focus shifts to Jesus’ tomb and the women prepare to anoint his body

It is a day of waiting. Jesus is in Joseph of Arimathea’s family tomb which was typical of the time and cut into rock. This was a tomb for the wealthy based on the work that had been done to create it. It was forecast by Isaiah but well above Jesus station in life.

The earliest Biblical Gospel, Mark, says nothing about Saturday of Holy Week. There are some other references elsewhere about a mythological type of spiritual journey by Jesus into hell and releasing of the saint’s spirits (from 1 Peter 3) but that might refer to the ascension. Nothing historical is mentioned anywhere. The disciples are laying low probably fearful that the same thing might happen to them as did Jesus.

Luke notes that the women returned home “and prepared spices and ointments. On the sabbath they rested according to the commandment” (Luke 23:56). The preparing of the body would have been the main activity and typical of burial customs of the time.

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


Video introduction to Saturday
Holy Week Timeline-  Saturday
Holy Week Visual Timeline- Sat/Sun
Let His Blood Be On Us
What Happened on Saturday of Holy Week ?
12 things you need to know about Holy Saturday
Progression of Faith Blog – Saturday

Passion Gallery 3 – Saturday

Great Vigil of Easter Service, 7:30pm, Trinity Wall Street

The Great Vigil of Easter, when observed, is the first service of Easter. It is celebrated at a convenient time between sunset on Holy Saturday and sunrise on Easter Morning and is the climax of three days of Triduum (Thursday, TenebraeFriday, Saturday. Followers of Jesus began celebrating his Resurrection with the Easter Vigil service very early on. By 215 CE, we already have descriptions of services and liturgical prayers that the early Church was using.  It was revived by our current prayer book.

The service normally consists of four parts:

1. The Service of Light. The service begins after sundown with people gathering outside in the dark. A new fire is kindled  then blessed. Then the new Paschal Candle is blessed and lit.  Once the Paschal Candle is lit, its flame is shared with all who light their taper candles from its flame. Then a candlelight procession is lead into the darkened church, stopping periodically to declare “The Light of Christ,” to which all respond “Thanks be to God!”   The very ancient Exsultet is chanted by the deacon or other minister.

2. The Ministry of the Word.  Then, in the candlelit darkness, lessons are read. There as a few as 4 and as many as 9 or even 12 in some services.

3. Baptism or the Renewal of Baptism.  After the lessons, any candidates for Baptism are presented by their sponsors. In the midst of the gathered faithful, they take their baptismal vows and then the whole assembly renews their Baptismal Covenant with them.

4. The Ministry of the Sacrament.  Then there is a loud noise in the darkness, reminiscent of the sound of the stone being rolled away from the entry to Jesus’ tomb, and everyone blows noisemakers or rings bells joyously as we celebrate the moment of Resurrection. All the lights are turned on and the candles at the altar are lit. Then the Gospel reading, telling the story of the first Easter morning, is told, followed by a  homily. The first Eucharist of Easter is presented.

April 12, 2020 – Easter, the Resurrection  

Easter Sunday

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

Matthew 28:1,  
Luke 24:1
John 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 28:2-7
Mark 16:4-7

Luke 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 16:1-8
Matthew 28:8

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

John 20:2

Mary Magdalene has an encounter with Jesus in the garden.

John 20:11-18

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 20:3-10
Luke 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


Video introduction to Sunday
Holy Week Timeline- Easter Sunday
What Happened on Easter Sunday of Holy Week ?
Have You Found What You’re Looking For?
Progression of Faith Blog – Easter Sunday 
Society of St. John the Evangelist – Praying Easter Sunday
Easter Voices, Year A 


Zoom Church, gather at 9:30am, Service at 10am


Easter, 6:30am Sunrise Service, 11am Service St. Peter’s (10:45 lighting of the Paschal Candle)

Bulletin 2019 
Service Readings 2019
Photos 2019
Sunrise Service Photos 2019


Holy Week Geography   

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Saints of the Week,  April 5 – April 12, 2020

Harriet Starr Cannon, Monastic, 1896
Pandita Mary Ramabai
, Missionary, 1922
Daniel G. C. Wu, Priest and Missionary, 1956
Tikhon, Patriarch & Ecumenist, 1925
William Augustus Muhlenberg, Priest, 1877
Anne Ayers, Monastic, 1896
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Pastor and Theologian, 1945
William Law, Priest, 1761; also
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Priest & Scientist, 1955
George Augustus Selwyn, Bishop, 1878
Teresa of the Andes, Monastic, 1920