The Beginning of Holy Week
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The Events Surrounding Jesus During the Beginning of Holy Week
 
The final week of Christ's life, at once the most tragic yet the most triumphal part of His life, was spent in Bethany and Jerusalem. On Sunday, Monday and Tuesday mornings He travelled from Bethany to Jerusalem returning each night after a day of activity in the City. Below are listed the dramatic events of the first three days which served to inflame the already hostile Jews.

After His triumphal entry into Jerusalem on what is now known as Palm Sunday, Christ retired in the evening to Bethany, just 2 miles away. The following day He returned to the City, cursing the barren fig tree on his journey. On His arrival into the Temple Christ drove out the traders who were buying and selling in the Court of the Gentiles.
 

Map of the City of Jerusalem
at the time of Jesus' Ministry
Map of the City of Jerusalem
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Arriving back into the City on the Tuesday, Christ was questioned by the Jewish leaders and it was during this interrogation that He uttered the severest condemnation of the Scribes, Pharisees and Sadduces. That evening on His way back to Bethany accompanied by the Apostles, Christ made His prophetic statement about the destruction of Jerusalem and the Last Judgement.

(The Two Patricks in County Tyrone, Ireland, are writing a series of books on the life and times of Jesus and they are a really excellent read - the first two are published under the titles of Song of The Carpenter I & II. Well worth buying and excellent for schools for Religious Instruction) Below are the biblical references for the various events according to each evangelist. 

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Matthew
Mark
Luke
John
Sunday
Entry into Jerusalem 
Monday
Cursing of the fig tree
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Buyers and sellers driven from the Temple 
Cures in the Temple 
Wrath of the Chief Priests 
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Tuesday
Power of faith 
Christ's authority questioned 
Parable of the two sons 
Parable of the wicked husbandmen 
The stone which the builders rejected 
Chief Priests desire to seize Christ 
Parable of the wedding garment 
Question of tribute to Caesar 
The Sadducees and the resurrection from the dead 
The Great Commandment 
Christ is the son of David 
Denunciation of the Scribes and Pharisees 
Lamentation over Jerusalem 
The widow's mite 
Homage of the Greeks 
Christ's hour has come 
Unbelief of the Jews 
Prophesy about Jerusalem 
Eschatological discourse 
Exhortation to be vigilant 
Parable of the ten virgins 
Prable of the talents 
The last judgement 
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Under our section on The Bible we have attempted to give a 'potted history' and some explanations around divine inspiration, translations and interpretation. In order to make your reading of the New Testament teachings of the Life of Christ a little easier we have looked at the time of Jesus from His Conception to His Ascension according to the writings of the four evangelists, and categorised the various events and teachings with reference to the chapter and verse of each writer. 

We start with Jesus' Infancy & Childhood; then move on to the start of Jesus' Public Ministry. There is no historical proof of actual times available but we have used the Douay Challoner version to divide the three years of Jesus' ministry as His First Year of Public Ministry; His Second Year of Public Ministry; His Third Year of Public Ministry; the events leading into His time of betrayal and suffering during Holy Week; the events surrounding Holy Thursday when He instituted the bloodless sacrifice of the Eucharist to be carried out in His name for perpetuity; the events surrounding His suffering, passion and death on Good Friday; and finally His Burial, Resurection and Ascension into Heaven.


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