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Holy Week

A Spiritual Guide, from Palm Sunday to Easter

Emil Bock
Foreword by Tom Ravetz
March 2011
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  • Publisher
    Floris Books
  • Published
    3rd March 2011
  • ISBN 9780863157905
  • Language English
  • Pages 96 pp.

Easter Holy Week is a unique time in the Christian calendar, containing both dramatic lows and highs, as well as time for reflection and meditation.

This lovely little book offers readers an inspiring guide from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday. It vividly brings the events of Holy Week alive, enabling us to follow the mystery drama of the Passion. It also provides opportunities for prayer and contemplation, with each day accompanied by the gospel reading which the author describes.

Holy Week is extracted from The Three Years by Emil Bock, with added Gospel readings.

“Bock writes with great reverence and clarity. His storytelling is luminous and vivid. He has the ability to transport the reader right into the events and places described, drawing our attention and holding it with gentle care. It is clear that he knows intimately the geology and geography of where the stories took place. His deep involvement with Christ's life; his truthfulness towards events and his love for this Being are palpable throughout the narrative. He has the ability to describe everything to us in such a way that we become witnesses on all levels: spiritual, earthly and human. His writing is secure and confident but never overbearing; authoritative yet uplifting. He serves his subject in great humility and provides a service to all who are seeking to deepen their understanding and relationship to this Great Week, as it is also known. Bock makes the most profound mystery understandable and intimate. What is hugely complicated is made to sound simple, because he seems to tell the truth and the truth simply is.

“This is a good-sized hardback volume with a bookmarker attached to keep track of the pages as you progress through the week. It is bigger than a pocket-sized book but small enough to fit comfortably on a bedside table and, with its handsome loose leafed cover, would make a special present for anyone.”


“Herein lie keys to the Christian Mysteries, veiled in apparent simplicity. The results of serious meditation upon the Seven Days of Holy Week are both profound and life-enhancing.”

The Inner Light, Vernal Equinox 2011

Emil Bock

Emil Bock (1895–1959) was born in Wuppertal, Germany, in 1895. He studied German and modern languages at the University of Bonn and, after joining the army, was wounded at the war front in Flanders. In 1916, while still in the army, he met the famous evangelical preacher, Friedrich Rittelmeyer, in Berlin. After his release from the military, he studied Protestant theology in Berlin and later attended priest courses with Rudolf Steiner in Stuttgart and Dornach. With Rittelmeyer, Bock helped establish the Christian Community (the movement for religious renewal) in 1922 and soon became its leader, a position he held until his death. In November, 1922, Bock married Grete Seumer, with whom he had four children. He remained a priest, writer, and lecturer until his death in Stuttgart. Bock's many books include Genesis; Moses; Kings and Prophets; Caesars and Apostles, The Three Years; Saint Paul; and The Childhood of Jesus.