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Monday, April 24, 2017

HALLMARK CHANNEL Proposes to Fans Delight... "WHEN CALLS THE HEART" will RETURN for SEASON FIVE! #Hearties



Applause All Around - from the Hearties!!!


First - for a beautiful end to Season 4, which was filled with all sorts of adventures, heartwarming stories, and best of all, so much love!!!


Each episode of "When Calls the Heart" this Season - tugged at our heartstrings a little deeper, as we were enriched by the arrival of Carson Shepherd, Shane Cantrell, and Constable Doug Burke, frustrated by the corruption of Ray Wyatt and his handling of the railroad, elated by Jack's marriage proposal to Elizabeth, charmed by all of Rosemary and Lee's first year of marriage silly and sweet antics, captivated by Abigail and Cody and all of their precious moments, as well as the adorable Opal - who more than once warmed our hearts, along with the other school children. And then, we were filled with discontent - as we watched Jack leave Hope Valley with such courage, and ride away from Elizabeth.




However, hope springs eternal as we are delighted to know Season 5 is on the way -- which was officially announced by Erin Krakow on Hallmark Channel's morning show Home & Family, Monday April 24, 2017!




We are so blessed - there is no need to say goodbye to this amazing series. We will only have to remain patient and wait for the return of Season 5 - and hopefully with it.... the return of Constable Jack Thornton - and all of the other characters we have come to love and hold dear on "When Calls The Heart!"




Until then...


Blessings to all of you, Hearties!!!
~ Net ~



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CLICK HERE for ALL of the "When Calls the Heart" DVDs
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Friday, April 21, 2017

This Weekend on TV: Prepare your Heart for the "When Calls the Heart" Season Four FINALE - on Hallmark, plus Score a Baseball Movie, and Ride Again as "Heartland" Returns on UP!!!


If you're a fan of the weekly television drama series "When Calls the Heart," then you will definitely want to watch the *Finale* for Season FOUR - this Sunday Night! It's been a season of ups & downs, highs and lows, good vs. bad, truth vs. lies, honor, dishonor, love, revenge, hope, grief, forgiveness, and courage! And, if you're a true Heartie, then you've been along for this journey every step of the way - through good, happy times, and through heartwarming tears!

"When Calls the Heart" - image via Hallmark Crown Media

Where will the "When Calls the Heart" season four finale take our beloved Hope Valley residents? Can Abigail muster enough strength to endure Cody's illness? Will all of Carson's secrets be revealed? What does the future hold for Lee and Rosemary, and the saw-mill? Will the train tracks ever be built? Will Elizabeth keep the faith, as she waits for her love to return? Will Jack ever come home - to Hope Valley? Let us hope - some of these questions and more... will be answered in this last episode of the season this Sunday night! More details below!


Also, be sure to *Catch* on Hallmark...


Saturday April 22, 2017:

Stay at your Home base and watch...

"The Perfect Catch" - image via Hallmark Crown Media


Storyline via Hallmark: "When her high school boyfriend, a superstar baseball player, returns to town, a single-parent finds the..." Click Here to Read More...

Be sure to Catch the Premiere of "The Perfect Catch"
Saturday April 22, 2017
at 9pm/8c. on the Hallmark Channel



Sunday April 23, 2017:


Back in the Saddle Again...


image via: Heartland / UP

"Heartland" Episode Details for Sunday Night:
Season 9 Finale - "Resolutions" - airs Sunday night at 7pm/6c.

Storyline via UP: "When their plans to get away are thwarted, Amy and Ty celebrate their first anniversary closer to home and Amy unveils a special surprise."

NEW! Season 10 : Episode 1 - "There Will Be Changes" airs at 8pm/7c.

Storyline via UP: "As Amy and Ty prepare for parenthood, they work together to resolve a dangerous pregnancy issue."

NEW! Season 10 : Episode 2 - "You Just Know" airs at 9pm/8c.

Storyline via UP: "Ty performs life-saving surgery on a mare, while Amy and the family work around-the-clock to bottle feed the mare's twin foals."

(FYI: This last episode of "Heartland" on Sunday night, "You Just Know," airs at the SAME TIME as the "When Calls the Heart" Finale on the Hallmark Channel! If you don't have a way to see or record both, then you'll be happy to know - the UP schedule shows this episode repeating next Sunday night at 7pm/6c. before the next all New Episode!)

See the New Episodes of Heartland
Sunday April 23, 2017
at 8pm/7c. and 9pm/8c. on UP


Then on Sunday Night, it's the SEASON FOUR FINALE you've been longing to see!


"When Calls the Heart" - image via Hallmark Crown Media

Storyline via Hallmark: "The town gathers around Abigail as Cody fights for his life; Carson comes to terms with his past and gets a chance at redemption. Abigail must make a life-or-death decision as Cody lies seriously ill..." Click Here to Read More...

See the Season Four Finale of When Calls the Heart
Sunday April 23, 2017
at 9pm/8c. on the Hallmark Channel

*Also, actress Erin Krakow (Elizabeth) will make an appearance Monday on Hallmark Channel's morning show - Home & Family. Could this possibly be a special announcement!?!?!


Wherever your Heart leads you -
I pray you all have a very Happy
and Blessed Spring Weekend!!!
 ~ Net ~


Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (King James Version)

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

"The Art of Us" -- a Hallmark Channel Original Movie!


MOVIE REVIEW

Movie: The Art of Us

Network: Hallmark Channel

Original Air Date: May 20, 2017









CAST:

Taylor Cole ... Harper Higgins
Steve Lund ... Tom
Malcolm Stewart ...
Keith MacKechnie ...






PLOT:

Storyline via Hallmark: Harper Higgins is determined to land a tenured position at Boston Art College, and she’s counting on curating a big art gallery at the university to do so. But when she loses her showcase artist and can find no one else, she turns to her recently-hired dog walker who, unbeknownst to anyone, is a skilled painter.


Movie Review:

Coming...


See or Skip:

Coming...

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Favorite Faith & Inspirational TV Movie - Coming Soon!


The "It's a Wonderful Movie" poll for Favorite Faith Movie has ended! Thank you all for participating and voting. Results are Coming Soon!


In the meantime, stay tuned next week for more "It's a Wonderful Movie" Polls!

Blessings to you ALL!!! Net :)

Freeform Announces Holiday Movies


Freeform (formerly known as ABC Family) sent out this press release (below) regarding their slate of programming for this upcoming and future Holiday Seasons. One of the new movies mentioned below, more than raised my eyebrow, once or twice, so I wanted to share it with you all and caution you, before viewing...






Freeform Press Release:

EXPANDING ON THE NETWORK'S
"25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS" CONTENT SLATE,
FREEFORM ANNOUNCES
NEW ORIGINAL MOVIES
AND HOLIDAY SPECIAL

HOLIDAY SPECIAL - "DECORATING DISNEY" - Premiering December 2017

"Decorating Disney" will reveal how holiday magic is created at Disney Parks by giving viewers an inside look into how the holidays come to life at the happiest and most magical place on earth. Freeform is giving audiences an exclusive global tour as Disney transforms all 12 Disney theme parks, four cruise ships and resorts into a winter wonderland - literally overnight. Viewers will meet the dedicated team of Disney cast members and Santa's real-life elves who, with a spoon full of sugar and a little pixie dust, will plan, design, and build life-size gingerbread houses and gorgeous Christmas trees so tall, it takes a crane to install them.

ORIGINAL MOVIE - "ANGRY ANGEL" (WORKING TITLE) - Premiering December 2017

From director/producer Will Gluck of "Easy A" and "Annie" comes "Angry Angel" (working title), the story of a young woman who tries to get back to heaven after she seriously messes up. During this quest, she bumps into the love of her life and suddenly heaven doesn't seem so great after all. Think "It's a Wonderful Life" for the Snapchat generation. Produced by Olive Bridge Entertainment in association with Sony Pictures Television, Will Gluck and Richard Schwartz will serve as executive producers. "Angry Angel" (working title) is an all-new scripted two-hour movie, premiering in December 2017.

ORIGINAL MOVIE - "LIFE-SIZE 2" STARRING TYRA BANKS - Premiering December 2018

Tyra Banks will reprise her iconic role as a doll that comes to life in the sequel to the beloved Disney movie "Life-Size"; but in the sequel, everyone's favorite doll Eve has grown up. This time, she's magically awoken to help a young woman learn to live and love again, and along the way, Eve herself will experience the ups and downs of real life in a fun, edgy, modern Christmas movie. Tyra Banks will also serve as executive producer.



My Take:

As I read and re-read the description above for "Angry Angel," it sounds like to me, Hollywood is attempting, once again, to skew our religious beliefs. One does not "mess up" and leave heaven. We are saved by God's grace.

This would not be the first time that Freeform/ABC Family's so called Holiday programming was less than family-friendly or respectful of religious beliefs, or the Christmas holiday. ("Christmas Cupid" is a prime example)

I personally found the title of the movie, "Angry Angel," to be extremely offensive. To portray an Angel as Angry over frivolous matters - is quite demeaning. Since this is the working title, it may change before it airs on TV, this Christmas, but I still want to caution you all - I have a strong feeling that this movie may not be in the same sweet-nature as Clarence, in "It's a Wonderful Life."

Please share your thoughts in comments below...

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

"Love At The Shore" - Hallmark Announces First Movie For "Summer Nights!"



Hallmark Press Release:

SUMMER NIGHTS
AND ROMANCE IS IN THE AIR

AMANDA RIGHETTI AND
PETER PORTE STAR IN

‘LOVE AT THE SHORE,’

A NEW, HALLMARK CHANNEL
ORIGINAL MOVIE WORLD PREMIERE
SATURDAY, JULY 29

Co-Stars Hallmark Channel’s “Happy the Dog”

Amanda Righetti image via: Chase Rollins / AFF-USA.com
Peter Porte image via: Sean Costello Photography

STUDIO CITY, CA – April 19, 2017 – Principal photography began in Georgia this week on “Love at the Shore,” a Hallmark Channel Original Movie premiering Saturday, July 29 (9 p.m. ET/PT). “Love At the Shore” stars Amanda Righetti (“Colony,” “The Mentalist”) and Peter Porte (“Baby Daddy,” “The Young and the Restless”). The film also co-stars “Happy the Dog,” Hallmark Channel’s two-year-old adopted Jack Russell Terrier mix. Happy the Dog is one of two rescued pets belonging to Crown Media Family Networks, and the animals are the heart of the company’s mission to showcase the joys shelter pets bring to our lives and to ending pet homelessness.


Happy the Dog- image: Hallmark Crown Media





“Love at the Shore” tells the story of author Jenna Thompson (Righetti), a mother of two young children whose summer vacation plans take a turn when the family arrives at their summer rental and meets the neighbor of the adjoining duplex: stubborn, unconventional, and attractive surfer Lucas McKinnon (Porte). Jenna is neat and methodical, while Lucas rolls with and revels in life as it comes. As Lucas and Jenna spend more of the summer together, he finds a softer side of himself while dealing with Jenna and her children and Jenna realizes she may have been too quick to judge a book by its cover.

“Seasonal programming events are a winning formula at Hallmark Channel,” said Michelle Vicary, Executive Vice President, Programming and Publicity.

“‘Love At the Shore’ is a terrific addition to our ‘Summer Nights’ programming event, six all new, original movies dedicated to fun, sand, and romance,” Vicary concluded.

“Love at the Shore” is a Crown Media Productions film. Stan Spry is the executive producer. Steven Monroe directs from the screenplay by Laura Grant and Nicole Baxter.

ABOUT HALLMARK CHANNEL

Hallmark Channel is Crown Media Family Networks’ flagship 24-hour cable television network, distributed nationwide in high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD) to 88.5 million homes. As the country’s leading destination for quality family entertainment, Hallmark Channel delivers on the 100-year legacy of the Hallmark brand. In addition to its signature new, original movies, the network features an ambitious lineup of other new, original content, including scripted primetime series, such as “Good Witch,” “When Calls the Heart” and “Chesapeake Shores”; annual specials including “Kitten Bowl” and “Hero Dog Awards”; and a daily, two-hour lifestyle show, “Home & Family.” Additionally, Hallmark Channel is the exclusive home to world premiere presentations of the acclaimed Hallmark Hall of Fame franchise. Dedicated to helping viewers celebrate life’s special moments, Hallmark Channel also offers annual holiday programming franchises, including “Countdown to Christmas,” “Countdown to Valentine’s Day,” “Summer Nights,” “Fall Harvest” and “Winterfest.” Rounding out the network’s diverse slate are some of television’s most beloved comedies and series, including “The Golden Girls,” “The Middle,” “Last Man Standing” and “Frasier.”


My Take...
If you are loving Spring and can't hardly wait to dive into Summer, then this movie news is for You! This is the First Movie to be officially announced for Hallmark's "Summer Nights" event! Did you  notice that Michelle Vicary, Executive Vice President, Programming and Publicity at Hallmark, shared in the press release above - there will be SIX all new original movies for "Summer Nights!" So far, that's the most for any of Hallmark's special block of movie themes this year. Course, Christmas will far surpass that! Nothing can top Christmas! Another fun element to this movie is that it will include Hallmark's two-year-old adopted Jack Russell Terrier mix - Happy the Dog! I'm sure he will be adorable in it!

Coinciding, almost at that same time with the premiere of "Love At The Shore," on Saturday Night will be the return of "Chesapeake Shores," which will air on Sunday Nights, beginning July 23!

As far as the actors go in "Love At The Shore," TV Movie fans may recognize Peter Porte from last year's Christmas movie "A Cinderella Christmas," which aired on ION.

Monday, April 17, 2017

DVD ALERT: Hallmark Movies New to Amazon!


Gosh, it doesn't seem all that long ago that I added to my DVD page - HALLMARK MOVIES ON DVD from A to Z - that these movies (below!) were Coming Soon and now AMAZON has them available for Pre-Order! Yes! Awesome! You may think - Oh, it's Pre-Order, no need to click-and-get, quite yet, until it's actually available, but Pre-Order is THE BEST because Amazon has Pre-Order Price Guarantee! If you are not familiar with it, this is basically what it means - "Order now and if the Amazon.com price decreases between your order time and the end of the day of the release date, you'll receive the lowest price!" Cool, huh? I mean, who doesn't love a good deal? (if you want more details, on Amazon's terms & conditions - click here and scroll down to Special offers and Product promotions)




So. Now, which movies are coming? Here's the scoop! I've got your Movie Ticket! You'll have to supply the popcorn! (And, a BIG thank you to my movie friend and fellow blogger, Rissi, for catching these are brand new to Amazon and letting me know! Super Sweet!)

(Please know: The first DVD cover, as I share this, has not been released, yet - so I used their Hallmark poster, which typically ends up being the same.)

Okay, I'm going with my Favorite DVD Release first! It is (drumroll please!)...



(Love this sweet "Valentine-themed" movie, but to be honest, I've never been fond of the official poster (pictured above) for this movie. Both Shane and Oliver are wonderful, but these two pictures just never seemed to go together, in my opinion. I would love if they did something different for the DVD cover, especially if they included Norman and Rita, too. Maybe, even something like the DVD cover I created, see here!)


The next new Hallmark movie on DVD is...



(This DVD is a good one for all music lovers- especially all of you Debbie Gibson fans out there! It's also a movie "When Calls the Heart" fans will surely enjoy - due to the fact that you will see several cast members from the series, including my favorite, Rosemary - portrayed by actress Pascale Hutton!)


Hallmark also has a couple of New Movies Available on Amazon Video -

Two 'June Wedding' movies...



(This Movie is all about a Mother and Father, who don't get along, but try their best to fake it - all while planning their daughter's wedding! I won't give Hallmark's happy ending away, but just maybe, perhaps, they begin to "Love, Again!")


and the Second 'June Wedding' Movie new to Amazon Video is...




(It's almost hard to believe, but this is the first movie Paul Greene worked on for the Hallmark Channel! It seems, now, he has been on the channel always, but alas, this was his start with co-star Danica McKellar, and now he has become a regular, who has stolen many hearts... on "When Calls the Heart!")


Speaking of "When Calls the Heart"...

A New DVD Release for Season 4 is available Tuesday, April 18th, 2017!




And, there's even more "When Calls the Heart" DVD News...


(This is such a beautiful series for all ages - the entire family! You'll definitely want to add these "When Calls The Heart" DVDs to your cherished Hallmark movie collection!)


I hope you have enjoyed all of this Hallmark Movie News! I'm hopeful the two June Wedding Movies I mentioned above, ("Perfect Match" & "Love, Again") will eventually be released on DVD, too. Until then, stay tuned!!!

And, be sure to visit my DVD page - HALLMARK MOVIES ON DVD from A to Z - for all the DVD news you can handle!!!



Thursday, April 13, 2017

*HAPPY EASTER BLESSINGS!!!* (NEW Movies & EASTER Specials to Watch this Holiday Weekend!)



Happy Easter Blessings to All My Dear Friends who visit here…

On this Holy Day, I am wishing you - all the joy and happiness given to us from our Savior, Jesus Christ! I pray each day - we all take the time to seek Him and rejoice... He is Risen!!!

I'll be sharing today ~ TV Movies and Shows (below!) to watch this weekend with your family, the amazing Easter Story directly from God's Word... as well as Easter Specials that honor this sacred Holiday, and a few fun Easter Bunny ones, too!

image: Vintage Easter Card


April 14, 2017 GOOD FRIDAY -

INSP has the touching 2-part Easter story...

The Waltons - "An Easter Story, Part I" ... INSP ... 3 PM

The Waltons - "An Easter Story, Part II" ... INSP ... 4 PM


UP has Biblical Easter movies...

Son of God (PG-13) ... UP ... 7 PM

The Passion of the Christ (TV-14) ... UP ... 10 PM

Son of God (PG-13) ... UP ... 12 AM

The Disney Channel has a Kids Easter movie...

HOP ... Disney Channel ... 9 PM

Plus Disney Jr. has:
Mickey's Great Clubhouse Hunt, My Friends Tigger and Pooh - Flowers for Eeyore; Easter Rabbit, and Wonder Pets! - Help the Easter Bunny

NICK Jr. has:
Zack and Quack - The Pop-up Easter Egg Hunt; Pop Art Festival, PAW Patrol - Pups Save the Easter Egg Hunt, Wonder Pets! - Help the Easter Bunny


April 15, 2017 SATURDAY -


Spring Fling Continues on the Hallmark Channel with...

Stop the Wedding, The Birthday Wish, Wedding Bells, Love Blossoms, and Moonlight in Vermont

NICK Jr. has delightful Easter cartoons, including:

Max and Ruby - Max's Easter Parade; Max & the Easter Bunny

TCT has an Easter themed movie about an ill 12-year-old boy...

Jeremy's Egg ... TCT ... 11:30 AM
(repeats Easter, Sunday night at 11 PM)

The Disney Channel encores their Kids Easter movie...

HOP ... Disney Channel ... 12 PM

UP airs Biblical Films throughout the day...

The Ten Commandments (2006 Mini-series) ... UP ... 4 PM

The Passion of the Christ (TV-14) ... UP ... 8 PM

Uplift TV has a movie of a young woman who travels across the country to meet up with her estranged family for the Easter holiday...

Pieces of Easter ... Uplift TV ... 7 PM

Check your Local PBS station for...

The Lawrence Welk Show - Easter Special

Hallmark Channel's New Spring Movie...



Storyline via Hallmark: "Spencer is a cat person. Lara is a dog person. Spencer is headed to a beach town to work on his thesis. Lara is coming to the same beach town to escape the shambles of her life. Their personalities couldn’t be more different, but when a..." Click Here to Read More...

See the Premiere of Like Cats & Dogs
April 15, 2017 SATURDAY
at 9pm/8c. on the Hallmark Channel

(*By the way, you can also see Cassidy Gifford (from "Like Cats & Dogs") in the feature film movie "God's Not Dead" - tomorrow on UP!)

UP will continue Biblical Films on Saturday night with...

Son of God (PG-13) ... UP ... 10 PM

The Passion of the Christ (TV-14) ... UP ... 1 AM

On Easter Eve, ABC will have their annual airing of:

The Ten Commandments ... ABC ... 7 PM (4 hrs 44 min.)

TBN ends Saturday evening and begins early Easter Sunday morning with...

The Greatest Story Ever Told ... TBN ... 11 PM

King of Kings ... TBN ... 3 AM


April 16, 2017 EASTER SUNDAY -

Son of God (PG-13) ... UP ... 8:30 AM

The Robe ... INSP ... 12 PM

On Easter Sunday - TCM will air beloved Easter Classics...

Barabbas, Ben-Hur, Easter Parade, The Robe, and King of Kings

Judy Garland and Fred Astaire in the "Easter Parade"

On Easter Sunday - Disney Jr will have sweet Easter Cartoons...

My Friends Tigger and Pooh - Flowers for Eeyore; Easter Rabbit, Mickey's Great Clubhouse Hunt, and more!

On Easter Sunday - NICK Jr will have sweet Easter Cartoons...

Max and Ruby - Max's Easter Parade; Max & the Easter Bunny, Peppa Pig - Easter Bunny; Spring; Rebecca Rabbid; Mummy Rabbit's Bump; Garden Games, and more!

On Easter Sunday - UP will air popular Faith Films from recent years...

Facing the Giants, Fireproof, Courageous, God's Not Dead, Facing the Giants, Finding Normal

The Hallmark Channel Continues Spring Fling with...

A Dash of Love, Moonlight in Vermont, Walking the Dog, Hearts of Spring, and an encore airing of the new premiere: Like Cats and Dogs!

Plus, the Hallmark Channel Premieres on Sunday night a Perfect Show for the Family - An All New...

Season 4, Episode 9:
"Heart of a Secret"

Storyline via Hallmark: "Abigail is mayor of Hope Valley Henry once again with Gowen in jail and, a mystery woman arrives in town bearing harmful allegations about Carson Shepherd’s secret past that confirm Frank Hogan’s suspicions. Elizabeth takes care of Opal for a few days and learns some lifelong lessons about motherhood, and is thrilled when she meets..." Click Here to Read More...

See the All New When Calls the Heart
Season 4, Episode 9: "Heart of a Secret"
April 16, 2017 EASTER SUNDAY
at 9 pm/8c. on the Hallmark Channel


*Unfortunately, just like last year - there is NOT a listing for the Charlie Brown Easter Special, “It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown”. All Charlie Brown episodes are something truly special and dear for each holiday ~ so the whole Peanuts gang will be wholeheartedly missed again this Easter Season!



I pray you all have a Blessed Easter Weekend. Below, I have shared the Easter story directly from God's Holy Word. Happy Easter, Everyone! May you find abundant joy in God's Promises!

God's Blessings, Net




Easter Story from the Bible
Mark 14-16 (NIV)

Jesus Anointed at Bethany

14 Now the Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread were only two days away, and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were scheming to arrest Jesus secretly and kill him. 2 “But not during the festival,” they said, “or the people may riot.”

3 While he was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head.

4 Some of those present were saying indignantly to one another, “Why this waste of perfume? 5 It could have been sold for more than a year’s wages and the money given to the poor.” And they rebuked her harshly.

6 “Leave her alone,” said Jesus. “Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. 7 The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me. 8 She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial. 9 Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”

10 Then Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve, went to the chief priests to betray Jesus to them. 11 They were delighted to hear this and promised to give him money. So he watched for an opportunity to hand him over.


The Last Supper

12 On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, when it was customary to sacrifice the Passover lamb, Jesus’ disciples asked him, “Where do you want us to go and make preparations for you to eat the Passover?”

13 So he sent two of his disciples, telling them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him. 14 Say to the owner of the house he enters, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is my guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ 15 He will show you a large room upstairs, furnished and ready. Make preparations for us there.”

16 The disciples left, went into the city and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover.

17 When evening came, Jesus arrived with the Twelve. 18 While they were reclining at the table eating, he said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me—one who is eating with me.”

19 They were saddened, and one by one they said to him, “Surely you don’t mean me?”

20 “It is one of the Twelve,” he replied, “one who dips bread into the bowl with me. 21 The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.”

22 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take it; this is my body.”

23 Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and they all drank from it.

24 “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many,” he said to them. 25 “Truly I tell you, I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”

26 When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial

27 “You will all fall away,” Jesus told them, “for it is written:

“‘I will strike the shepherd,
and the sheep will be scattered.’

28 But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.”

29 Peter declared, “Even if all fall away, I will not.”

30 “Truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “today—yes, tonight—before the rooster crows twice you yourself will disown me three times.”

31 But Peter insisted emphatically, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” And all the others said the same.

Gethsemane

32 They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” 33 He took Peter, James and John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled. 34 “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” he said to them. “Stay here and keep watch.”

35 Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him. 36 “Abba,[f] Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”

37 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Simon,” he said to Peter, “are you asleep? Couldn’t you keep watch for one hour? 38 Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

39 Once more he went away and prayed the same thing. 40 When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. They did not know what to say to him.

41 Returning the third time, he said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Enough! The hour has come. Look, the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. 42 Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”

Jesus Arrested

43 Just as he was speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, appeared. With him was a crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests, the teachers of the law, and the elders.

44 Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him and lead him away under guard.” 45 Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Rabbi!” and kissed him. 46 The men seized Jesus and arrested him. 47 Then one of those standing near drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear.

48 “Am I leading a rebellion,” said Jesus, “that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me? 49 Every day I was with you, teaching in the temple courts, and you did not arrest me. But the Scriptures must be fulfilled.” 50 Then everyone deserted him and fled.

51 A young man, wearing nothing but a linen garment, was following Jesus. When they seized him, 52 he fled naked, leaving his garment behind.

Jesus Before the Sanhedrin

53 They took Jesus to the high priest, and all the chief priests, the elders and the teachers of the law came together. 54 Peter followed him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest. There he sat with the guards and warmed himself at the fire.

55 The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death, but they did not find any. 56 Many testified falsely against him, but their statements did not agree.

57 Then some stood up and gave this false testimony against him: 58 “We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this temple made with human hands and in three days will build another, not made with hands.’” 59 Yet even then their testimony did not agree.

60 Then the high priest stood up before them and asked Jesus, “Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?” 61 But Jesus remained silent and gave no answer.

Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?”

62 “I am,” said Jesus. “And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”

63 The high priest tore his clothes. “Why do we need any more witnesses?” he asked. 64 “You have heard the blasphemy. What do you think?”

They all condemned him as worthy of death. 65 Then some began to spit at him; they blindfolded him, struck him with their fists, and said, “Prophesy!” And the guards took him and beat him.

Peter Disowns Jesus

66 While Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came by. 67 When she saw Peter warming himself, she looked closely at him.

“You also were with that Nazarene, Jesus,” she said.

68 But he denied it. “I don’t know or understand what you’re talking about,” he said, and went out into the entryway.

69 When the servant girl saw him there, she said again to those standing around, “This fellow is one of them.” 70 Again he denied it.

After a little while, those standing near said to Peter, “Surely you are one of them, for you are a Galilean.”

71 He began to call down curses, and he swore to them, “I don’t know this man you’re talking about.”

72 Immediately the rooster crowed the second time. Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows twice you will disown me three times.” And he broke down and wept.

Jesus Before Pilate

15 Very early in the morning, the chief priests, with the elders, the teachers of the law and the whole Sanhedrin, made their plans. So they bound Jesus, led him away and handed him over to Pilate.

2 “Are you the king of the Jews?” asked Pilate.

“You have said so,” Jesus replied.

3 The chief priests accused him of many things. 4 So again Pilate asked him, “Aren’t you going to answer? See how many things they are accusing you of.”

5 But Jesus still made no reply, and Pilate was amazed.

6 Now it was the custom at the festival to release a prisoner whom the people requested. 7 A man called Barabbas was in prison with the insurrectionists who had committed murder in the uprising. 8 The crowd came up and asked Pilate to do for them what he usually did.

9 “Do you want me to release to you the king of the Jews?” asked Pilate, 10 knowing it was out of self-interest that the chief priests had handed Jesus over to him. 11 But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have Pilate release Barabbas instead.

12 “What shall I do, then, with the one you call the king of the Jews?” Pilate asked them.

13 “Crucify him!” they shouted.

14 “Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate.

But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!”

15 Wanting to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them. He had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.

The Soldiers Mock Jesus

16 The soldiers led Jesus away into the palace (that is, the Praetorium) and called together the whole company of soldiers. 17 They put a purple robe on him, then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on him. 18 And they began to call out to him, “Hail, king of the Jews!” 19 Again and again they struck him on the head with a staff and spit on him. Falling on their knees, they paid homage to him. 20 And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him.

The Crucifixion of Jesus

21 A certain man from Cyrene, Simon, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was passing by on his way in from the country, and they forced him to carry the cross. 22 They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means “the place of the skull”). 23 Then they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it. 24 And they crucified him. Dividing up his clothes, they cast lots to see what each would get.

25 It was nine in the morning when they crucified him. 26 The written notice of the charge against him read: the king of the jews.

27 They crucified two rebels with him, one on his right and one on his left. 28 29 Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, “So! You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, 30 come down from the cross and save yourself!” 31 In the same way the chief priests and the teachers of the law mocked him among themselves. “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! 32 Let this Messiah, this king of Israel, come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe.” Those crucified with him also heaped insults on him.

The Death of Jesus

33 At noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. 34 And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).

35 When some of those standing near heard this, they said, “Listen, he’s calling Elijah.”

36 Someone ran, filled a sponge with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink. “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to take him down,” he said.

37 With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last.

38 The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. 39 And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how he died, he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!”

40 Some women were watching from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joseph, and Salome. 41 In Galilee these women had followed him and cared for his needs. Many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem were also there.

The Burial of Jesus

42 It was Preparation Day (that is, the day before the Sabbath). So as evening approached, 43 Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the Council, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. 44 Pilate was surprised to hear that he was already dead. Summoning the centurion, he asked him if Jesus had already died. 45 When he learned from the centurion that it was so, he gave the body to Joseph. 46 So Joseph bought some linen cloth, took down the body, wrapped it in the linen, and placed it in a tomb cut out of rock. Then he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb. 47 Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joseph saw where he was laid.

Jesus Has Risen

16 When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. 2 Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb 3 and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?”

4 But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. 5 As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.

6 “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. 7 But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’”

8 Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.


9 When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had driven seven demons. 10 She went and told those who had been with him and who were mourning and weeping. 11 When they heard that Jesus was alive and that she had seen him, they did not believe it.

12 Afterward Jesus appeared in a different form to two of them while they were walking in the country. 13 These returned and reported it to the rest; but they did not believe them either.

14 Later Jesus appeared to the Eleven as they were eating; he rebuked them for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen him after he had risen.

15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”

19 After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God. 20 Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.

Easter Blessings to You All!

As it says in 1 Peter 1:3 - "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead."
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