We are a small Episcopal Church on the banks of the Rappahannock in Port Royal, Virginia. We acknowledge that we gather on the traditional land of the first people of Port Royal, the Nandtaughtacund, who are still here, and we honor with gratitude the land itself and the life of the Rappahannock Tribe. Our mission statement is to do God’s Will in all that we do.

Holy Week 2023- Stackable

Sunday, April 2, 2023 – Palm Sunday

Giotto di Bonde, Entry into Jerusalem (1304-06), Fresco, Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua


Bulletin 2023

Service Readings 2023

Palm Sunday is the hinge between Lent and Holy Week.

Here is a page that uncovers the meaning of the day

Bishop Curry sets the scene

Entry into Jerusalem. Marjorie George, Episcopal Diocese of West Texas

Palm Sunday in scripture

Jesus, at the Mount of Olives, sends two disciples to secure a donkey and a colt; makes his “triumphal entry” into Jerusalem; weeps over Jerusalem

The Trek from the Mount of Olives

Luke 19:28-40

Matthew 21:1-11

Mark 11:1-10

John 12:12-15

Some Greeks seek Jesus  John 12:20-36

Jesus enters the temple area, then returns to Bethany Mark 11:11 Matthew 21:17


Lectionary Commentary Palm Sunday
Video Introduction to Palm Sunday
Holy Week Timeline – Palm Sunday
What happened on Palm Sunday ?
The Problem of Palm Sunday
Progression of Faith Blog – Palm Sunday
Holy Week Visual Timeline
Palm Sunday procession in Jerusalem

Monday, April 3, 2023 – The Temple


Jesus Cleansing the Temple

On Monday morning Jesus and the Twelve leave Bethany to return to Jerusalem, and along the way Jesus curses the fig tree

Fig Tree is cursed –
Mark 11:12-14
Matthew 21:18-19

Jesus enters Jerusalem and clears the temple

Temple Protest – Mark 11:15-19
Matthew 21:12-13 Luke 19:45-46 John 2:13-17

In the evening Jesus and the Twelve leave Jerusalem (returning to Bethany )

Mark 11:19

Focus on Holy Week – Art of Holy Week


Video Introduction, Monday
Holy Week timeline, Monday
Holy Week Timeline- Monday and Tuesday
What happened on Monday of Holy Week?
No turning back (Monday)
Progression of Faith Blog – Monday
Brothers of St. John the Evangelist- Praying Monday in Holy Week

Tuesday, April 4, 2023 – The End Times

Titus Destroying Jerusalem (Wilhelm von Kaulbach)

Jesus’ disciples see the withered fig tree on their return to Jerusalem from Bethany. As they passed by in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered away to its roots.

Fig Tree part 2 – Mark 11:20-25,

Matthew 21:20-22

Jesus engages in conflict with the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem

There are 4 confrontations :

1. Jesus Authority challenged (Matthew 21:23)

2. Parable of the troublesome tenant (Matthew 21:33)

3  Paying taxes to Caesar (Matthew 22:15)

4. The Greatest commandment (Matthew 22:23)

Matthew 21:23-23:39

Luke 20:1—21:4

Mark 12:1-44

The Disciples marvel at the Temple; Jesus delivers the Olivet Discourse on their return to Bethany from Jerusalem about the Temple and end times.

Prophecy about the Temple – Mark 13:1-2

Prophecy about the Future –

Mark 13:3-37

Mathew 24:3-25:46

Matthew 26:1-2

Matthew 24:1-25:46

Luke 21:5-36

John 12:20–38

Today, Judas was working on the details of the betrayal of Christ and was paid 30 pieces of silver.

Matthew 26:14-16


Video Introduction, Tuesday
Holy Week Timeline- Tuesday
Holy Week Timeline- Monday and Tuesday
The Four Traps on Tuesday
What Happened on Tuesday of Holy Week ?
Progression of Faith Blog – Tuesday
Brothers of St. John the Evangelist- Praying Tuesday in Holy Week