Holy Week at St. Anne's
We are fast approaching the holiest week in the Christian Calendar. Holy Week is the last week of Lent, the week immediately preceding Easter or Resurrection Sunday. It is observed in many Christian churches as a time to commemorate and enact the suffering (Passion) and death of Jesus through various observances and services of worship. While some church traditions focus specifically on the events of the last week of Jesus’ life, many of the liturgies symbolize larger themes that marked Jesus’ entire ministry.
In catholic tradition, the conclusion to the week is called the Easter Triduum (a triduum is a space of three days usually accompanying a church festival or holy days that are devoted to special prayer and observance). Some liturgical traditions, such as Lutherans, simply refer to "The Three Days." The Easter Triduum begins Thursday evening of Holy Week with Eucharist and concludes with evening prayers Easter Sunday.
In order to get the full experience of God during this season it is important to try to attend all the services, as they flow from one to another culminating in the feast of the resurrection. Our Holy Week services are highly symbolic of the events leading to the crucifixion. This year, you will notice that the lights that are lit on Maundy Thursday greet us on Good Friday, only to be slowly extinguished as we mark Jesus' death on the cross. Then we proclaim the light of Christ again in our midst as we celebrate the Resurrection on Easter Morn.
I hope you will experience all that this Holy Week has to offer!
Palm Sunday, April 14, ONE SERVICE 10am
Wednesday of Holy Week, April 17, Stations of the Cross, 7pm
Holy Thursday (Maundy Thursday) and Agape Meal, April 18, 7:30pm
Good Friday, April 19, Meditation, Noon
Good Friday, April 19, Seven Moments Service and Veneration of the Cross, 7:30pm
Easter Sunday, April 21, Feast of the Resurrection with Brunch and Easter Egg Hunt, ONE SERVICE 10am