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.
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.