What happened on each day of holy week? Though we can’t know with solid precision, we can get awfully close. Justin Taylor has put together a nice, clean, harmonized, and biblically-centered approach to making this week meaningful for reflection (so click on each day for a more full account).
Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-10; Luke 19:28-44; John 12:12-15
Jesus, at the Mount of Olives, sends two disciples to secure a donkey and a cold; makes his “triumphal entry into Jerusalem; weeps over Jerusalem.
Matthew 21:12-13; Mark 11:15-17; Luke 19:45-46
Jesus enters Jerusalem and clears the temple; they go to Bethany.
Matthew 24:1-25:46; Mark 13:1-37; Luke 21:5-36
Jesus delivers the Olivet Discourse on their return to Bethany from Jerusalem.
Luke 21:37-38; Matthew 26:14-16; Mark 14:10-11; Luke 22:3-6
Jesus continues daily teaching in the temple; Satan enters Judas.
Thursday (Maundy Thursday)
Matthew 26:20-29; Mark 14:17-23; Luke 22:14-30; John 13:1-17:26
Jesus eats the Passover meal with the Twelve in the evening, instituting the Lord’s Supper; He washes their feet and teaches them (the Upper Room discourse).
Friday (Good Friday)
Matthew 27:27-54; Mark 15:16-39; Luke 23:26-49; John 19:16-37
Jesus is crucified.
The world waits.
There are some great free resources out there for making Holy Week meaningful: hymns, hymn-reflections, devotional guides, art, etc. The blog I always go to first, and the blog I recommend to you is Cardiphonia. They do a masterful job of distilling information and making accessible with one or two clicks. It’s the best site I know of for giving people without much liturgical/historical backround in Christian worship a gateway to enter into this world in a meaningful way. Here is one great post with tons of resources.
Resources and Songs for Holy Week – Hymns, Recordings, Devotionals, etc.
Also, check out this project that Cardiphonia pointed me to. Redeemer Church of Knoxville, TN, is releasing a new song for each day of Holy Week, in preparation for the full release of their album Rise, O Buried Lord. It’s a musical journey through Holy Week, courtesy of another player in the hymns movement.
Rise, O Buried Lord – Hymns for Holy Week
How did you write this post without telling me you were going to talk about Knoxville, TN? God bless one his more perfect creations, Knoxville, in this Holy Week.
Grace and peace,