Resources and Songs for Holy Week

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Explanations of Holy Week

The events framed by Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem and his resurrection are some of the most dramatic and theologically important of the entire scriptural narrative. 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! 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), the period during which we mark Jesus’ trial, death, and resurrection.  — The Worship Sourcebook

The Who, What, and Where of Holy Week” – Justin Taylor

Prayers for Holy Week –  Scotty Smith


Maundy Thursday Services
CTK-Psalms of Ascents | CTK-2011 | City Church, SF | Covenant Pres, Chic

Good Friday Services
Redeemer-Indy | Grace – Palo Alto | Cov Pres, Chic

Easter Vigil Service – City Church

Songs for Holy Week

Rise, O Buried Lord
(Hymns for Holy Week) – Redeemer Knoxville


Ah, Holy Jesus How Hast Thou Offended (Benedict arr.)
mp3 | leadsheet | info

Alas, and Did My Savior Bleed (Trad. Irish tune)
mp3 | leadsheet

Man of Sorrows – Hallelujah, What a Savior (Benedict arr.)
mp3 | leadsheet | info

Music for Holy Week – Choir of King’s College, Cambridge

{eclectic & retuned}

It is Finished (BiFrost)
mp3 | leadsheet | full-score

O Come and Mourn with Me Awhile (Redeemer Knoxville)
mp3 | leadsheet

He Never Said a Mumblin’ Word (welcome wagon arr.)
mp3 | leadsheet

Deep Were His Wounds, and Red (welcome wagon arr.)
mp3 | leadsheet | Youtube (Vito playing live!)

‘Tis Midnight, and On Olive’s Brow (Benedict & Bradham arr.)
mp3 | leadsheet

Who is This so Weak and Helpless (IGrace arr.)


How Deep the Father’s Love for Us (Townend & Getty)
mp3 | chords | leadsheet | video

It is Finished (Matt Papa)

Songs for Holy Saturday – post

Other Devotional Resources for Holy Week

Christ the King – Holy Week and the Psalms of Ascents

Stanley Hauerwas, “Cross-Shattered Christ

John Piper, “Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die

Jason Dorsey (Redeemer Pres Indy), “Devotional for Holy Week, 2010

N.T. Wright, “Christians at the Cross: Finding Hope in the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus

Erik Routley, “Ascent to the Cross

C.S. Lewis, Chesterton, Et al, “Bread And Wine: Readings For Lent And Easter

Eugene Peterson, “Living the Resurrection: The Risen Christ in Everyday Life

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