Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday and includes the full seven days that precede Easter. For us at St. Anne’s, Holy Week is an extraordinarily sacred time. Through the course of several services offered daily, we join in lockstep with Jesus as he lives out his final days and makes his way to the cross.
If you have never experienced Holy Week, we invite you to come for as much as you can. This weeklong journey will forever change the meaning of who Jesus is to you and will bring all new joy to your experience of Easter morning.
Palm Sunday ✢ 10:00 a.m. (Combined Worship Service!)
On Palm Sunday, the congregation gathers in St. Anne’s Memorial Garden for the Liturgy of the Palms and processes together into the sanctuary, commemorating Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. During the service we hear the full story of the Passion of Jesus in anticipation of what is to come this week.
Holy Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday ✢ 6:30 p.m.
Each night on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, we gather in Little St. Anne’s for a simple Eucharist and hear the stories of the events leading to Christ’s final days.
6:30 p.m. ✢ Foot Washing, Eucharist & Stripping of Altar
Maundy Thursday is considered by many at St. Anne’s to be one of the holiest nights of the year. During this service we commemorate Jesus’ institution of the Last Supper and the washing of his disciples’s feet.
After Communion, the Altar is stripped completely bare in remembrance of the stripping of Christ before his crucifixion. For the rest of the night, individuals volunteer to keep vigil before the Blessed Sacrament in St. Anne’s historic chapel, communing and staying awake with Christ just as he asked his disciples to do in the Garden of Gethsemane.
Many often ask, “Do you actually wash feet at this service? If so, do I have to do it?” The answers are, simply, yes and no. Yes, parishioners are given the opportunity to have their feet washed by the clergy while music and prayer fill the sanctuary. Many, however, elect simply to stay in their pews during this portion and choose instead to watch, listen, sing, or pray. This is akin to what folks often do during healing prayer on Sunday mornings. At St. Anne’s we have a saying about these kinds of things: “All may. Some should. None must.” Regardless of whether you participate in that portion, you will be glad you came to this service.
12:00 midnight ✢ Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament
At midnight the Blessed Sacrament is transported back to the main sanctuary where sung prayers are offered by the priest. This brief and mystical service provides a unique opportunity for the adoration of Christ and his Presence among us.
12:00 noon ✢ The Good Friday Liturgy
At the hour on which Christ hung upon the cross, we gather in the main sanctuary to offer prayers of adoration and devotion to Christ and our petitions on behalf of the world.
6:30 p.m. ✢ Stations of the Cross
Join in the ancient tradition of walking the “Way of the Cross,” whereby we hear and participate in the immediate events surrounding the crucifixion of Christ.
Our solemn observance on this day is to keep quiet. There are no services or activities at the church on Holy Saturday. Like the tomb, the sanctuary is silent, dark, and bare . . . waiting for Easter.