Blog » Pictures to Use During Holy Week

  • 2013-03-23 10:38:00

Under the Resources section, I've uploaded several pictures that may be helpful for preachers and teachers to use during Holy Week.

I've numbered the photos and include a brief description here that corresponds with the photo in the Resources section.

Download the following photos by clicking here.

1. Palm Sunday -  Mount of Olives

The Mount of Olives as seen from the Temple.  Jesus and his disciples came down this mount on Palm Sunday to the waiving of palms and the cries of "Hosanna!"  (which means "save us now").

2. Sunday/Monday - Cleansing the Temple

On Sunday or Monday of Holy Week Jesus entered the temple courts and overturned the tables of the money changers.  Since the 7th century the Muslim Dome of the Rock stands where the Temple once stood.  Designed by Christian architects in the traditional octagon used by Christian churches for centuries before.  Inside is the exposed rock top of Mt. Moriah where Jews believe Abraham came to sacrifice Isaac.  Jesus came here to teach Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of Holy Week.

3. Tuesday - The Kidron Valley 

To the right you can see the temple mount and beyond it the old city of Jerusalem.  To the left, out of frame, is the Mount of Olives and the Garden of Gethsemane.  In the foreground is a Christian burial ground.  On the Mount of Olives is the largest Jewish cemetery in the world.  To the right, just beneath the walls of the temple mount, is a Muslim cemetery.  It was thought, based upon several scriptures, that when the Messiah came for the Last Judgment he would come here, hence the cemeteries.  Jesus passed across this valley twice each day during Holy Week.

4. Wednesday - Not One Stone Left

Jesus foretold on this day the destruction of the temple saying, "Not one stone will be left atop another."  In AD 70 his words were fulfilled.  These are some of the stones from the walls of the temple that were cast down by the Romans.  They've been sitting here for 1,943 years, a silent testimony to the words of Jesus on the last week of his life.

5. Thursday - Garden of Gethsemane

This is the Kidron Valley looking to the North.  To the left is Mt. Zion and the Temple Mount.  To the right is the Mount of Olives.  The church at the center-right is the Basilica of Christ's Agony also known as the Church of All Nations - it is built in the Garden of Gethsemane atop a rock formation said to be where Jesus prayed on Thursday night and was arrested.

6. Thursday - Praying in the Garden of Gethsemane

Inside the Basilica of Christ's Agony (The Church of All Nations) This is the stone where Christians remember Christ's prayer, "Take this cup from me.  Yet not my will but thy will be done." 

7. Friday -  Calvary

This is the top of Mount Calvary, encased in glass.  The crack in the rock formation is said to have come from the earthquake that is recorded in Matthew 27:51.

8. Friday - Calvary

This is the chapel built atop Mount Calvary at the place where tradition says Jesus was crucified.  Beneath the icon of Christ crucified, under glass, is the top of Calvary.  Christians from the earliest times have believed this was the place of Christ's death.

9. Friday Night - Burial of Jesus 

This smaller building within the larger one is called the Edicule - it dates from 1810, but was built atop the tomb of Christ which had been destroyed and rebuilt several times.  The building around it is called the Church of the Holy Sepulcher - Christianity's holiest site.  


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