Reflections on The Ballad of Holy Week

Holy week coloured line drawingThe Salvation Army, Prestonpans Corps
Sunday 5th to Saturday 11th April 2020
Prepared by Majors Elizabeth and Steven Turner

During Holy Week this year, we shall be taking time to reflect on the events that led Jesus to his death on a cross. We will use the words of “The Ballad of Holy Week”, a lovely song written by former Salvation Army officer Chick Yuill.

Each evening, a new reflection will be posted for the following day.

Each verse of the song recalls an event on the corresponding day of the week. The notes that follow for each day include the verse, along with four things for you to do:


A song is included each day, taken from the “old” Salvation Army Song Book (the 1986 edition). Sing aloud, to help set the tone for your act of devotion.


The reference is given for a Bible passage that tells the story from the song. Take your time to read the story, looking for something you have not noticed before. It can be helpful to read aloud, for pace and to hear the passage differently.


We present some thoughts on the passage and its application to our lives, focussing on two or three selected verses. Also, take time to think through the story yourself.


Each day there is something for you to do. There may be prayer (which is always a good idea before and after reading God’s word), a devotional act or something to challenge you. Try to follow through, even if it seems strange.

We hope that these reflections will encourage you in your walk with God as we approach the joyful Easter day!

About prophetable

My wife Elizabeth and I were commissioned as Officers (ministers) in The Salvation Army in 1997, and have served in appointments in England and Scotland. Since July 2016 I have been working in The Salvation Army's Scotland Office as combined parliamentary and ecumenical representative.
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