Lent and Holy Week at St. Anne’s
Our annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper will be held on Tuesday, February 28 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. Mark your calendar, RSVP, and please come. This year, youth, children, and families are invited to help prepare the pancakes, decorate the hall, and serve. The cost is $8.00 for adults, $5.00 for youth and children, and a $25.00 max for families, children under 4 are free. RSVP to Connie by February 24 at firstname.lastname@example.org or 443-808-1361. We need help to set-up, cook, serve, and clean-up – If your child/youth or family can help please contact Connie at email@example.com or 443-808-1361.
Our Ash Wednesday services will be held on Wednesday, March 1, at 8:00 AM, 12:00 PM and 6:30 PM.
Ash Wednesday is the first day of the season of Lent, named for the custom of placing ashes on the foreheads of worshipers at Ash Wednesday services. The ashes are a sign of penitence and a reminder of mortality, and may be imposed with the sign of the cross. During the service, the priest gives this invitation to the observance of a holy Lent, which summarizes the themes of the season:
Invitation to a holy lent from the Book of Common Prayer
Dear People of God: The first Christians observed with great devotion the days of our Lord’s passion and resurrection, and it became the custom of the Church to prepare for them by a season of penitence and fasting. This season of Lent provided a time in which converts to the faith were prepared for Holy Baptism. It was also a time when those who, because of notorious sins, had been separated from the body of the faithful were reconciled by penitence and forgiveness, and restored to
the fellowship of the Church. Thereby, the whole congregation
was put in mind of the message of pardon and absolution set
forth in the Gospel of our Savior, and of the need which all
Christians continually have to renew their repentance and faith. I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word. And, to make a right beginning of repentance, and as a mark of our mortal nature, let us now kneel before the Lord, our maker and redeemer.
Silence is then kept for a time, all kneeling.
The Celebrant says the following prayer
Almighty God, you have created us out of the dust of the
earth: Grant that these ashes may be to us a sign of our
mortality and penitence, that we may remember that it is
only by your gracious gift that we are given everlasting life;
through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.
A Year of Getting to Know God through the Bible
A new series is starting Sunday, March 5, 2017, at our 5:30 PM service: A Year of Getting to Know God through the Bible. Over the course of the next year, we’ll base the music, readings, prayers, and message of our service on the story of the Bible and the God revealed there. This means that in thirty minutes a week you can get to know God and the Bible better. In the course of a year, you will come away with an understanding of who God is, what the Bible really says, and why the Bible is so important to us as a source for understanding who we are too. In addition to the Sunday evening 30-minute service, we’ll be building a webpage that contains additional resources for deeper exploration and understanding.
We are planning an inquirer’s class for those who are new to the Episcopal Church. We will read and reflect upon Ian Markham’s new book, Faith Rules: An Episcopal Manual. The course will be led by the Rev. Dr. Joseph S. Pagano. We will meet on five Wednesdays (March 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5) from 6:00–7:00 PM in the Parish House (199 Duke of Gloucester Street). Please contact Dr. Pagano if you are interested: (O) 410-267-9333 or email firstname.lastname@example.org