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Holy Week: Sunday 5th April - Sunday 12th April 2020

By shaunefc, Apr 4 2020 06:56PM

Holy Week Timeline

This timeline gives a very basic account of what was taking place during Holy Week. Other sources may slightly vary some of the timings, but this timeline has a helpful list of actual events during this period.

You will see parallel passage references from more than one Gospel for some of the happenings. Try reading any one of them, for a start. Then, if you wish to go deeper, prayerfully read another parallel account.

Sunday - Palm Sunday


Ride on, Ride on in Majesty

All Glory, Laud and Honour, to Thee, Redeemer, King

Jesus rides into Jerusalem on a donkey

Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-10, Luke 19:28-44, John 12:12-18

Some Greeks ask to see Jesus

John 12:20-36

Jesus weeps over Jerusalem

Luke 19:41

Enters Temple

Mark 11:11

Returns to Bethany

Matthew 21:17, Mark 11:11


Jesus curses a fig tree

Matthew 21:18-19, Mark 11:12-14

Jesus clears the temple

Matthew 21:12-13, Mark 11:15-17, Luke 19:45-46

Jesus returns to Bethany

Mark 11:19


Disciples see withered fig tree on way to Jerusalem

Matthew 21:20-22, Mark 11:20-21

Jesus challenges religious leaders and teaches in the temple

Matthew 21:23-23:39, Mark 11:27-12:44, Luke 20:1-21:4

Jesus teaches on the mount of Olives

Matthew 24:1-25:46 Mark 13:1-37, Luke 21:5-36

Judas agrees to betray Jesus

Matthew 26:14-15


The Bible says nothing about Wednesday. He probably remained in Bethany (just outside Jerusalem and where they were staying for the Festival) with his disciples, or may have visited the temple again.

(Another source for this day suggests reading about Jesus’ being anointed with precious ointment against His burial. Mark 13:3-9.)

Thursday - Maundy Thursday

Jesus shares a "last supper" (Passover meal in which Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper (or Communion) with his disciples.)

Matthew 26:20-35, Mark 14:17-26, Luke 22:14-30

Jesus speaks to the disciples in the Upper Room

John 13:1-17:26

Jesus prays in the garden of Gethsemane

Matthew 26:36-46, Mark 14:32-42, Luke 22:39-46

Jesus is betrayed and arrested

Matthew 26:47-56, Mark 14:43-52, Luke 22:47-53, John 18:2-12

Jesus is questioned by the Jewish authorities

John 18:13-24

Friday - Good Friday


When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

There is a Green Hill Far Away

Jesus is formally tried by the Sanhedrin (the Jewish Government composed of the Priests) and the Roman Authorities

Matthew 26:57-27:26, Mark 14:53-15:15, Luke 22:54-23:25, John 18:19-19:16

The crowd reject Jesus

Matthew 27:15-23, Mark 15:6-15, Luke 23:18-25, John 18:33-40

Jesus is flogged and mocked

Matthew 27:24-31, Mark 15:16-20, John 19:1-16

Jesus is crucified

Matthew 27:32-54, Mark 15:16-39, Luke 23:26-49, John 19:16-37

Jesus is buried before the Sabbath (Saturday)

Matthew 27:57-61, Mark 15:42-47, Luke 23:50-54, John 19:38-42


Nothing happens.

(One source mentions this may when Jesus went to Hades and led captivity captive. 1 Peter 3:18-20. But many are not willing to state this timing firmly.) We do know that this was a sad day for His disciples.)

Sunday - Resurrection Day - Easter Day


Jesus Christ is Risen Today

Christ the Lord is Risen Today

The Strife is O'er, the Battle Won

Jesus rises from the dead. Hallelujah!

Matthew 28:1-20, Mark 16:1-8, Luke 24:1-53, John 20:1-21:25

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