Worship At St. John's: Holy Week and Easter
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The seasons of the church year are set out to represent the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus. We are careful at St. John's to prepare well for the important festivals, including observing a holy Lent, and preparing well for the most important feast of the year: Easter Sunday. Details are here: for the dates, see the calendar.

Palm Sunday, 8am & 10am
Palms are a symbol reminding us that Christ enters into Jerusalem to shouts of "Hosanna". We remember this with the symbol of palm branches, folded into crosses: how quickly the "hosannas" were replaced by cries of "Crucify Him!"

Palm Sunday, 7:30pm at St. Ann's Roman Catholic Parish
St. John's is invited to St. Ann's Roman Catholic parish to observe the ancient service of Tenebrae, including scripture, music, readings and light. Members of our community have been welcomed to sing and read in this service for a number of years!

Holy Tuesday, 7:30pm - Holy Eucharist With Sacraments of Healing
For those who suffer, special holy days can heighten awareness of illness, grief or sorrow. Christ, who suffered for us, proclaimed healing and wholeness. The sacraments offered in this liturgy are a reminder of God's presence with us in every circumstance. Come and receive this sacrament for yourself, or come to pray for a loved one.

Maundy Thursday, 10am
Holy Eucharist

Maundy Thursday, 7:30pm
First Eucharist, Washing of Feet, Stripping of the Altar, Prayer Vigil

"Maundy" is about the "Mandate" of Christ that we love one another. This liturgy offers three ways to live that. The Last Supper is the gift of the first Eucharist, our central sacrament of community. In the washing of feet, Jesus models service as our way of life. The stripping of the altar is a stark reminder of Christ's faithfulness even to death.

Good Friday, 10am Meditation on the Cross of Christ
"Into your hands I commend my Spirit." Christ's dying words on the cross were a powerful statement of trust. Good Friday is indeed good, because it is about victory and hope; the affirmation that Christ could overcome the worst the world could offer. And so will we, as we allow the fullness of Christ's gift to take hold of our hearts.

Holy Saturday, 7:30pm
Easter Vigil: New Fire, Exultet, Renewal of Baptismal Vows and Eucharist

The Vigil is rich with ancient symbols to convey what language alone cannot. The darkness in which we begin is of Good Friday, which can also represent all our fears, sins, and fragilities contrasted to the resurrection. This is pierced by the new fire, Exultation in the Light of Christ, and blessing of the Paschal or Christ Candle. Baptism, our sacrament of belonging, is our participation in the death and resurrection of Christ.

Easter Sunday, 8am & 10am
Easter morning's liturgies crown our week-long solemn celebrations. Easter is not a memorial of some historic event, but acknowledges Christ's resurrection as a life-giving, present and defining reality in life. Easter empowers each of us to reclaim our identity anew, and to know Christ's story as our story!


St. John's Anglican Church
272 Wilson Street East (at Halson)
Ancaster, Ontario, Canada. L9G 2B9
905-648-2353