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2035 Charlton Road
Sunfish Lake, MN 55118

651-455-9449

God Calls us to be Christ's loving arms in the world spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ through our worship, education, outreach, and ministry. Whoever you are, wherever you are on your faith journey, Saint Anne's welcomes you. 

Easter

HOly Week 2017

Palm Sunday - April 9

Services 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.

Maundy Thursday - April 13
6:00 PM agape meal, footwashing, and Holy Eucharist;
8:30 – all night, Vigil


Good Friday - April 14
Noon - Prayer Book liturgy of the day;

3:00 pm liturgy led by Spirit of Hope;

7:00 PM contemporary reading of the “7 Last Words”
 

Easter Vigil - April 15
7:00 PM - dessert potluck follows


Easter Day - April 16
8:30 a.m. service led by Spirit of Hope

10:30 a.m service led by Saint Anne’s. Easter Egg Hunt for children after the 10:30 service; outside on the church lawn, weather permitting!


Passiontide, or Holy Week, falls at the end of Lent. It begins on Palm Sunday, also called Passion Sunday, and ends at the first Alleluia of Easter in the middle of the Great Vigil on Saturday night.
 

Palm Sunday begins with a triumphal procession that commemorates Jesus entering Jerusalem on a donkey. The service then underlines the dramatic contrast between the crowd’s joyous greeting of their king and then their condemnation of him—the contrast between shouts of “Alleluia” and “Crucify him!” From a high mood of celebration, the day turns decidedly dark, and we hear of Jesus’ arrest and torture at the hands of the authorities. The color for this Sunday is the red of martyrs, the color of blood. Palm fronds are the symbol. 

The Triduum (a Latin word meaning “the three days”) is a single unbroken liturgy that concludes Holy Week. It begins with Maundy Thursday (the name comes from the Latin for command in the liturgy for foot washing - a new commandment I give to you, that you love one another). The liturgy will take place in the context of an agape meal shared with Spirit of Hope and St. Mary’s. It has a dual theme of sacrificial servanthood: footwashing and the Last Supper of Jesus with his disciples. At the close of the liturgy heads are bowed as the altar area is stripped of all ornamentation and any symbols of God's presence. There is no dismissal at the end of this service, to emphasize its liturgical unity with the other two days. (Those who choose may take prayer time in an all-night vigil.)

On Good Friday our Lord was killed for the folly of humankind and the love and willingness of God to let the consequences play themselves out. We gather for one of the most touching liturgies of the year. Here we share our pain with God, who knows all about pain, and tears, and death, and we begin the observance of the three days that our Lord was in the tomb. The lights go dim and we leave in silence to await, finally, God's resolution.

Holy Saturday was once a day of fasting in preparation for the Great Vigil of Easter and for baptism. No Eucharist is celebrated, but the Prayer Book provides for the reading of the Passion and an anthem from the Burial of the Dead. Then…in the evening…The Great Vigil of Easter!

Maundy Thursday - April 13
6:00 PM agape meal, footwashing, and Holy Eucharist;
8:30 – all night, Vigil


Good Friday - April 14
Noon Prayer Book liturgy of the day; 3:00 pm liturgy led by Spirit of Hope;

7:00 PM contemporary reading of the “7 Last Words”
 

Easter Vigil - April 15
7:00 PM; dessert potluck follows


Easter Day - April 16
8:30 a.m. service led by Spirit of Hope

10:30 a.m service led by Saint Anne’s. Easter Egg Hunt for children after the 10:30 service; outside on the church lawn, weather permitting!