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We are a small Episcopal Church in the village of Port Royal, Va., united in our love for God, for one another and our neighbor.

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.

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.

Complete introduction

Holy Week services

-Sunday, March 28, Palm Sunday, 10:45am, Liturgy of the Palms and Procession. 11AM Holy Eucharist in our church building

-Sunday, March 28, Compline, 7:00pm, Zoom Meeting ID: 878 7167 9302 Passcode: 729195

-Monday, March 29, Be Still, 6:30am, Zoom Meeting ID: 879 8071 6417 Passcode: 790929

-Thursday, April 1, Maundy Thursday, 5PM, Holy Eucharist, St. Peter’s in the church

-Friday, April 2, Good Friday , 5PM, Stations of the Cross, St. Peter’s in the church

Service is also available through Zoom. Meeting ID: 876 3157 7719
Passcode: 046408

-Sunday, April 4, Easter Day, 11AM, Holy Eucharist our church building

Service is also available through Zoom. Meeting ID: 869 9926 3545
Passcode: 889278

Sunday, March 28 , 2021– Palm Sunday

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


We were back in the church at 11am (the first time since March 8, 2020!)

From Left to Right, Top to Bottom”
1. “Magnolia soulangiana” in bloom
2. Communion lining up during the pandemic rather than kneeling at the altar
3. Hymn board today
4. Passion reading
5. Litany of the Palms and Litany of Thanksgiving for re-entering the church
6. Quince and cherry in the windows today

Bulletin 2021

Service Readings 2021

Palm Sunday sermon

Palm Sunday photo gallery and meanings

Palm Sunday videos


Palm Sunday Branches and Flowers, 2020

Bulletin 2020

Service Readings 2020

Passion Narrative PowerPoint

Prayers of the People, March 28, 2020

Sermon, March 28, 2020

Photo Gallery Flashback to Palm Sunday 2017


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

Entry into Jerusalem. Marjorie George, Episcopal Diocese of West Texas

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, March 29 – 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


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, March 30, 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, March 31, 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


In 2021, we will not be doing Tenebrae but there are other services on the Web:

Tenebrae at Trinity Church Wall Street, 6pm

Tenebrae, 2018 as sung by Trinity Wall Street



Tenebrae 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 1, 2021 – 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

2021. We were inside the church for this service at 5pm.

2021 Bulletin


Photo gallery and description


Washington Cathedral, 7pm


Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday . 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 2, 2021 – 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


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

2021. We were inside the church for this service at 5pm.

The bulletin is here for 2021.

The Good Friday service was a Stations of the Cross

Good Friday description and gallery


Good Friday bulletin, 2020

Service Readings

Good Friday powerpoint


Description 2020 


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 3, 2021 – 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

“Holy Saturday – the Forgotten Day – David Lose

Great Vigil of Easter Service, 8:00pm 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, Tenebrae, Friday, 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 4, 2021 – 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 B 


We will be in the church for Easter Sunday at 11am. There is no sunrise service.

Bulletin, April 4

Sermon, April 4


Bulletin, April 12

Powerpoint and videos

Easter Gifts.



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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“We invite you to make a ‘Sacred Space’ in your day, praying here and now, as you visit our website, with the help of scripture chosen every day and on-screen guidance.”

Daily C. S. Lewis thoughts

Saints of the Week,  March 28 – April 4, 2020

[James Solomon Russell], Priest, 1935
John Keble, Priest,
Innocent of Alaska, Bishop, 1879
John Donne, Priest,
Denison Maurice
, Priest, 1872
Lloyd Breck
, Priest, 1876
[Mary of Egypt], Hermit & Penitent, c.421
Richard of Chichester
Bishop, 1253
Luther King, Jr.
, Pastor & Martyr, 1968