Holy Week and Easter
St. Ann & the Holy Trinity offers the following opportunities to worship and meditate on Jesus’s final week among us during Holy Week, concluding with a joyous celebration of his resurrection on Easter Sunday.
Palm Sunday, April 10, 10:30 am
The entire congregation will gather at the church entrance on Clinton Street (at Montague Street) for a distribution and blessing of palm fronds, followed by a procession around the block. The traditional, Rite II Holy Eucharist service will then take place in the Sanctuary. Family Church will be held in the Parish Hall.
Holy Wednesday Candlelight Service of Tenebrae, April 13, 6:00 pm
The word tenebrae (the Latin word for “darkness” or “shadows”) has for centuries been applied to monastic services in Holy Week that feature the gradual extinguishing of candles. In keeping with this tradition, St. Ann’s will hold a candlelight service of readings and meditation, with chant, on Wednesday of Holy Week.
Maundy Thursday Holy Eucharist with Foot Washing, April 14, 6:00 pm
Maundy Thursday takes its name from the Latin mandatum novum (“new commandment”) that was given by Jesus to disciples upon his institution of the Holy Eucharist: “love one another, just as I have loved you.” St. Ann’s will celebrate this commandment with a service of Holy Eucharist and foot washing before the altar is stripped for Good Friday.
Good Friday, April 15
Stations of the Cross, 12:00 noon
St. Ann’s will offer guided Stations of the Cross (also called the Way of the Cross), a traditional liturgical devotion that commemorates the last day of Jesus’ life. The practice originated with pilgrims in Jerusalem, retracing the steps Jesus is believed to have followed on Good Friday. The devotion offers the opportunity for Christians to meditate on each of the stations by contemplating the needs of suffering people in our world, and challenges us to think about how we – the ministers of God’s reconciliation in Christ – can honor Christ’s sacrifice.
Good Friday Liturgy with Sung Passion, 6:00 pm
Join us at St. Ann’s solemn Good Friday liturgy that includes the sung passion and Holy Eucharist.
Easter Sunday, April 17, 9:30 am and 10:30 am
Children as well as adults may start festivities at 9:30 am with bonnet-making. The Family Service of Holy Eucharist will take place at 10:30 am the Parish Hall (157 Montague Street), followed by a lively Easter Egg Hunt.
The Rite II Festival Eucharist will take place in the Easter-adorned sanctuary at 10:30 am and will feature special music.