Annual Holy Days
Feast of the Epiphany (January 6)
6:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist with Blessing of the Chalk
The feast of the Epiphany is observed on January 6 at the culmination of the twelve days of Christmas. On this day, Christians worldwide celebrate the finding of the child Jesus by the magi under the guidance of a star.
At St. Anne’s we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany with a candlelight Eucharist. Two unique and centuries-old traditions observed at this service are the Proclamation of the Date of Easter and the Blessing of Chalk for homes. The Proclamation of the Date of Easter–and all other moveable feasts–has its root in those times before the ubiquitous use of printed calendars. The chalk that is blessed on Epiphany is used by parishioner to mark their doorways with a sign of blessing, as Epiphany is a traditional time for the blessing of homes. Free professionally staffed nursery is available.
Ash Wednesday (date varies)
7 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist with the Imposition of Ashes
Ash Wednesday is the official start of the penitential season of Lent. It occurs on the Wednesday six weeks before Easter and is one of the two major fasts of the Christian year. In keeping with the ancient traditions of the Church, attendance is expected of all able-bodied Christians.
St. Anne’s offers two services from which to choose: a simple spoken liturgy at 7 a.m. in St. Anne’s historic chapel, and a fuller liturgy with organ and choir at 6:30 p.m. in the main sanctuary. During the Ash Wednesday liturgy, we are called to the observance of a holy Lent by means of self-examination, repentance, prayer, fasting, self-denial, and meditation on God’s holy Word. Ashes are placed on our foreheads as a sign of our mortality and a reminder of our dependence on God alone. Free professionally staffed nursery is available at the evening liturgy.
Feast of the Ascension (date varies)
6:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist with Rogation Procession
The Feast of the Ascension falls on the Thursday forty days after the date of Easter and is observed by Christians across the globe as the day on which the resurrected Jesus ascended back to the Father in heaven.
At St. Anne’s we celebrate the Ascension on its appointed Thursday, typically canceling the regularly scheduled midweek Eucharist the Wednesday night before. At the end of the Ascension Day Eucharist, we also make what’s known as a Rogation Procession around the church’s property, asking God’s blessing on our farmers and farmlands, the seedtime and harvest, the local area, and our church gardens. Free professionally staffed nursery is available.
Feast of Pentecost (date varies)
10 a.m. Holy Eucharist & Parish Picnic
The feast of Pentecost occurs on the Sunday fifty days–seven weeks–after Easter Sunday. This vibrant and holy day is traditionally celebrated as the day on which the Holy Spirit first moved among the disciples after Jesus’ resurrection and ascension empowered them to begin the work of the Church.
We celebrate Pentecost with a festive Eucharist at 10 a.m. in which everyone is encouraged to wear red, symbolic of the Holy Spirit. In the afternoon we hold our annual parish picnic, lovingly referred to as the “Holy Ghost Weenie Roast.” As Pentecost typically falls right at the beginning of the summer, we take this as our last big hurrah before folks scatter for summer travels and vacations. Free professionally staffed nursery is available.
Feast of St. Anne (Sunday closest to July 26)
10 a.m. Holy Eucharist & Homemade Ice Cream Competition
Most Episcopal churches are named for a saint or other commemoration on the Episcopal calendar of feasts and fasts, and it is customary for each church to celebrate their patronal feast day when it rolls around on the calendar. The Feast of St. Anne occurs on July 26, so we typically observe it on the Sunday closest with a festive Eucharist and–just for fun–a homemade ice cream competition. Curious about who St. Anne was? Check out our page on Our Patron Saint. Free professionally staffed nursery is available.
Blessing of the Animals (Wednesday closest to October 4)
6 p.m. Liturgy for the Blessing of the Animals
St. Francis of Assisi is considered the patron saint of animals, and his feast day is October 4. We typically celebrate St. Francis Day on the Wednesday closest to October 4 with a Blessing of the Animals in our Memorial Garden. Parishioners and friends are invited to bring their animals to St. Anne’s for a special blessing. We can’t guarantee that it will make them any more obedient or less prone to chew your favorite slippers, but we do think it’s worthwhile to return thanks to God for the wonderful diversity of his creation and the companionship of these animals in our lives.
As we often have a variety of animals at this service–dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, hamsters, roosters, snakes, and more!–please be sure your pets are appropriately leashed, crated, or otherwise contained.
All Saints Sunday (Sunday after November 1)
10 a.m. Holy Eucharist
The history of the Church is full of the lives and examples of countless faithful who have shown us the goodness of God by their actions and witness. Some are well known to us, emblazoned in stain glass and ancient books. Others we’ve never heard of. Some saints lived centuries ago, while others are walking among us even today. Heaven and earth are full of the saints of God; on All Saints we celebrate the fact that we are surrounded by this great cloud of witnesses.
On All Saints Sunday we celebrate with a festive Eucharist, and we encourage parishioners to bring photos and remembrances of loved ones who have gone before us … those souls and saints who now sing with angels and archangels before the heavenly throne of God.