Holy Week Resource Guide
The week begins with Passion/Palm Sunday and ends with the “three days” which mark Jesus’ trial, death, and resurrection.
Crown of Thorns by Elizabeth Steele Halstead, Visuals for Worship.
Worship During Holy Week
The week begins with Passion/Palm Sunday and ends with the “three days” (also called the Triduum, from sunset on Thursday to sunset on Easter Day) which mark Jesus’ trial, death, and resurrection. These days feature not only the drama of the triumphal entry, trial, last supper, and crucifixion but also poignant prayers and prophetic teachings of our Lord. John’s gospel devotes eight of its twenty-one chapters to this week alone! Worship throughout Holy Week invites the congregation to think of themselves as participants in a dramatic reenactment of scriptural events. Thus, children may be invited to process while shouting “Hosanna!” Or, in the reading of the passion narrative, the entire congregation may be invited to speak the words, “Crucify him! Crucify him!” (certainly one of the most unsettling actions in any worship service). These help the congregation sense the significance of the narratives for what they teach us about Jesus’ ministry, about God’s being and character, and about the nature and scope of redemption in Christ. (adapted from The Worship Sourcebook)
- Jesus Enters Jerusalem and Journeys to Calvary [Passion/Palm Sunday]
- Were You There When He Rode into Town?
- Psalm 23 for Palm/Passion Sunday
- In the Upper Room with Christ - Psalm 116
- Maundy Thursday and Good Friday Services Notes
- Psalm 22 for Maundy Thursday or Good Friday
- Tenebrae: A Service of Shadows - planning guide
- Tenebrae Worship at Symposium 2003
- An Easter Vigil
- Easter Resource Guide
The Worship Sourcebook
Parts K through N of The Worship Sourcebook Second Edition, pp. 587-660, offer sample prayers and other worship resources for each act of worship during Holy Week and Easter, including the Call to Worship, Opening Responses, Confession and Assurance, Prayers for Illumination, the Lord's Supper, and Blessing/Benediction.