Cross before Chapel DoorsHoly Week is still a week away. Since many pastors and church staffs will be putting together their Holy Week services in the next few days, though, I thought it might be helpful to provide links to some prayers, hymns, reflections, and acts of worship for the high holy days that are upon us.

The links  are to items posted on this website & elsewhere. The hymns included are here because I think of them as prayers as much as hymns, given the way they describe the significance of what happened during the final week of Jesus’ ministry.

Palm Sunday:

  1. A Prayer for Palm Sunday
  2. Another Prayer for Palm Sunday
  3. The Palm Branches & The Triumphal Entry: Images in Scripture, Prayer, and Song
  4. Palm Sunday worship resources connected w/ the Lectionary and UM Book of Worship (courtesy of the GBOD)

Monday-Wednesday of Holy Week:

  1. A Prayer for the Monday of Holy Week
  2. A Prayer for the Tuesday of Holy Week
  3. A Prayer for the Wednesday of Holy Week

Maundy Thursday:

  1. A reflection on the meaning of Maundy Thursday
  2. A Prayer for Maundy Thursday
  3. John Wesley on the central significance of the Lord’s Supper
  4. Story of Maundy Thursday from Christian History
  5. Maundy Thursday Worship Resources connected w/ the Lectionary and UM Book of Worship (courtesy of the GBOD)

Good Friday:

  1. A Prayer for Good Friday, and a Scripture passage from the prophet Isaiah
  2. Hymn: “Sing, My Tongue, the Glorious Battle” (w/ link to the hymn’s background)
  3. Good Friday worship resources connected w/ the Lectionary and UM Book of Worship (courtesy of the GBOD)
  4. St. Athanasius on Good Friday
  5. John Calvin on the Crucifixion and Atonement
  6. Good Friday as the ‘Fulcrum of History’
  7. An explanation of the term “Good Friday” by Dan Benedict

Holy Saturday:

  1. Hymn: “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded”
  2. Order of Worship for Holy Saturday, by Nancy C. Townley
  3. Ministry Matters’ suggestions for Holy Saturday Spiritual Themes

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