A Rookies Guide To Holy Week

Holy Week is the week between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday.
It’s got a few moving parts. Here’s an overview:

Palm Sunday

On Palm Sunday, we remember Jesus’ triumphal entry into
Jerusalem (see Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-11, Luke 19:28-44, and John 12:12-19).

The Days of Holy Week: 

Holy Monday, Holy Tuesday, and Spy (!) Wednesday

Let’s be honest. Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday,
Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday get the lion’s share of the
attention during Holy Week. However, Monday through
Wednesday ought not to be forgotten!

OK, so this is cool. Holy Wednesday has traditionally been called “Spy” Wednesday, as a reference to the “ambush” of Jesus by
Judas Iscariot. 

“Maundy” Thursday

Maundy Thursday commemorates the first “Last Supper”
(see Matt. 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:14-30; 1 Cor. 11:23-25) and Jesus’ washing of the disciples’ feet (see John 13:1-15). The
word “Maundy” most likely derives from mandatum, meaning
“mandate” or “commandment,” in reference to Jesus’ words: “A
new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another” (John 13:34).

“Good” Friday

On Good Friday, we remember the events leading up to and
including the Crucifixion. 

“Holy” Saturday

On Holy Saturday, we remember the time that Christ spent in the grave. 

Easter Sunday

On Easter Sunday, we remember and celebrate the triumphal
Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead! Easter Sunday then
kicks off a period of 50 days traditionally known as Eastertide –
ending with Pentecost Sunday.

Maundy Thursday Meal | 6pm | Parish Centre Prayer | Praise | Fellowship

You are invited to join us on Thursday night for a Maundy Thursday Communion Meal.

We will style this meal on a Seder or Passover. Having said that, we won’t go overboard on the Jewish-ness of the meal. Why? Because the truth is that we know very little about Jesus’ Passover meal and the Seder meal as we know it developed well after Jesus lived!

Maundy Thursday Menu


1. Matzah (or Wholewheat Unleavened Bread)

2. Lamb Dishes

3. Sprigs of lush green parsley

4. Juice of the vine (wine, grape juice, non-alcoholic wine)

5. Horseradish in dish (bitter herbs)

6. Chopped apples and raisins in dish (called Haroset)

7. Boiled eggs

8. Small dish of salted water

9. A goblet of wine (or juice of the vine) for the centre of the table

Good Friday | Friday 19th April

10.00am All Saints Kingston (Combined Churches)

Easter Sunday | Sunday 21st April

9.00am St. Barnabas Chapel (Holy Communion)

5.00pm All Saints Kingston (Evening Prayer)

A Holy Week Bible Reading Plan


  • Matthew 21:18-19, 21:12-13 (Matthew does not record the events in chronological order)
  • Mark 11:12-19
  • Luke 19:45-46


  • Matthew 21:20-25:46
  • Mark 11:20-13:37
  • Luke 20:1-21:36


  • Matthew 26:3-5
  • Mark 14:1-2
  • Luke 21:37-22:2


  • Matthew 26:17-46
  • Mark 14:12-42
  • Luke 22:7-46
  • John 13:1-17:26


  • Matthew 26:47-27:61
  • Mark 14:43-15:47
  • Luke 22:47-23:54
  • John 18:2-19:42


  • There’s no mention of Saturday in scripture. Meditate on the emptiness and fear the Disciples must have felt with the loss of their Lord.

Sunday (Easter)

  • Matthew 28:1-20
  • Mark 16:1-20
  • Luke 24:1-53
  • John 20:1-21:25

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