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Palm Sunday

Triumphal entry into Jerusalem

“Palm Sunday,” by Eric Huntsman, blog with link to readings, photos, and music.

All four Gospels report the events of the triumphal entry. Jesus mourns over Jerusalem, his disciples procure a donkey, and crowds greet him with palm fronds.

“The Way of the Disciple,” by Dieter F. Uchtdorf, General Conference April 2009

As we study Jesus’s atonement, we know that now is the time to become his disciples and walk in his way.

Hand holding palm leaf
Palm Sunday, 2023. digital art by Abby Knox
Dove flying during cleansing of the temple by Jesus during Holy Week
Easter Monday, 2023. digital art by Abby Knox



Cleansing the temple

“Monday,” by Eric Huntsman, blog

Jesus appears to have spent most of this day in the courts of the Temple, where he was questioned by the authorities and taught the people.



Teaching in Jerusalem

“The Question of Authority and Jesus’s Parable of the Two Sons in Matthew 21,” by John W. Welch, BYU New Testament Commentary
Several significant points are embedded in this instructive story as this parable takes the question of authority into divine realms. Involved here is no ordinary father, no ordinary vineyard, or any ordinary pair of sons.

“A Warning to the Jews (Matt. 23),” Richard D. Draper, BYU New Testament Commentary
The revelation that flowed on Tuesday, two days after the triumphal entry, was mostly startling, and some of it was frightening.

“Tuesday,” by Eric Huntsman, blog
Jesus taught again in the temple, and the authorities attempted to catch Jesus in his words.

Christ teaching
Easter Wednesday, 2023. digital art by Abby Knox
Hand holding pieces of silver used to betray Jesus Christ
Easter Tuesday, 2023. digital art by Abby Knox



Continued teaching

“Jesus is Anointed (Mark 14:1-11),” by Julie M. Smith, from The Gospel According to Mark. 

The anointing story is the narrative bridge between Jesus’ life and death; it is both the last story relating events from the daily life and the first part of the story of his death. It is the hinge between the accounts of his life and his death; its location in the text mirrors its theological function since the anointing story explores the link between Jesus’ life and death.

“Seven Versions of Jesus’ Prophecy on the Mount of Olives,” by S. Kent Brown, BYU New Testament Commentary. 
This part of the Gospels includes the story of the poor widow’s two mites placed interestingly before the sermon about the fate of Jerusalem.

“Wednesday,” by Eric Huntsman, blog.
The Gospel of Mark allows three events on Wednesday: the plot of the Jewish leadership against Jesus, the story of an unnamed woman in Bethany anointing Jesus’ head, and Judas’ decision to betray Jesus.


Passover Thursday

The Passover and Christ’s Suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane

Matthew 26

“Farewell Discourses and the High Priestly Prayer,” Eric D. Huntsman, BYU New Testament Commentary
The Gospel of John enriches our understanding of the evets and teaching of Jesus’ last night with passages that include Jesus’ last discourses and his beautiful Intercessory Prayer (John 13:31–17:26)

“Dating the Death of Jesus Christ,” Jeffrey R. Chadwick, BYU Studies, Volume 54, no.4
While we can’t be certain, evidence suggests that Jesus was crucified on a Thursday in the spring of AD 30, on the eve of Passover, the 14-day Jewish month Nisan, which in that year fell on April 6 in the old Julian calendar.

“John’s Account of the Last Supper: The Lamb of God: Unique Aspects of the Passion Narrative in John,” Eric D. Huntsman, BYU New Testament Commentary
John’s account of the Last Supper contains unique elements recorded nowhere else.

“Maundy Thursday,” Eric Huntsman, blog
This day tells of the Last Supper, the sacrament instituted, the washing of the disciples feet, and most of all, the prayer and agony in the Garden of Gethsemane.

Passover Thursday 2, 2023. digital art by Abby Knox
Passover Thursday 2, 2023. digital art by Abby Knox
Pierced hand with a drop of blood falling from it
Good Friday, 2023. digital art by Abby Knox


Good Friday

Trial, Crucifixion, and Burial



Christ’s body lies in the tomb while his spirit ministers in the spirit world

“Saturday,” Eric Huntsman, blog
The only event the gospels record for the day after the crucifixion is the posting of a guard at the tomb at the request of the chief priests and Pharisees (Matthew 27:62–66). Because this was ostensibly Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath, Jesus’ family and friends stayed away from the tomb that day.

“The Great World of the Spirits of the Dead: Death, the Great War, and the 1918 Influenza Pandemic as Context for Doctrine and Covenants 138,” George S. Tate, BYU Studies 46, no. 1.
In October 1918, Smith received a comforting vision of God’s live and of Christ and saints ministering and preaching the gospel among the spirits of the dead. The vision teaches that the dead who repent will be redeemed and become heirs of salvation.

Roman Soldier
Easter Saturday, 2023. digital art by Abby Knox
Empty tomb with stone removed
Easter Sunday, 2023. digital art by Abby Knox



The appearance of the resurrected Christ

“Easter or Resurrection Sunday,” Eric Huntsman, blog

With the rays of the morning sun, the agony of Thursday, the pain and grief of Friday, and the separation of Saturday suddenly melted away in the joy of the first Easter.

“Behold the Man!” Dieter F. Uchtdorf, General Conference April 2018

Pilate instructs the crowd to behold the man Jesus. Those who find a way to truly behold the Man find the doorway to life’s greatest joys and the balm to life’s most demanding despairs.

“The Gift of Grace,” Dieter F. Uchtdorf, General Conference April 2015

On Easter Sunday we celebrate the most long-awaited and glorious event in the history of the world. It is the day that changed everything.

“The Atonement and the Resurrection,” D. Todd Christofferson, Religious Educator

Elder Christofferson takes us back to the feelings of Jesus’ followers as they felt confusion and grief after the Crucifixion.

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