Grace and peace to all through this blessed Lent, Holy Week, and Easter!
Of the festivals on the Church calendar, Christmas receives the bulk of the attention in the secular world, but the preparation for and celebration of Easter was, in many ways, the most important festival among the earliest Christians. To this day, however, we continue the ancient pattern of following our Lord’s journey to the cross and through his death and resurrection. We speak of our Lord’s passage from death to resurrection as the Paschal Mystery, and the forty days of Lent serve as a readying of our hearts and minds for the celebration of this mystery.
The word Lent is derived from an Old English word for “springtime,” and, in the northern hemisphere at least, we relate the disciplines and attitudes of Lent to what is happening outside – tilling of the soil and planting seeds. Lent is our time to cultivate the soil inside ourselves, and to turn over some of the less desirable elements in us to make room for the new growth to come. The sight of things coming to life at springtime is an obvious reminder of that which we prepare for during Lent, as well; resurrection is happening all around us and we receive this blessing with renewed hearts and minds from our Lenten disciplines of prayer and sacrifice.
This Lent obviously looks and feels different from what many of us are used to, however, and, it may be noted that the pandemic has put us through a Lenten discipline lasting not forty days, but rather a year. But the truth remains sure nonetheless – that “Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and giving life to those in the tomb” (Book of Common Prayer, p. 500). We have sacrificed much, but Christ sacrificed all, and, because of that, we are assured that there is no death that cannot be overcome by resurrection, and no Good Friday that is not followed by Easter Sunday.
In the Name of the Crucified and Risen One,
The Rev. Ryan D. Fischer, Rector
St. Anne’s Episcopal Church
Holy Eucharist Join us for worship on Sunday morning at 8 or 10:15 a.m. As we continue to worship during the Covid-19 Pandemic, we will follow guidelines outlined for us by the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Indiana.
Stations of the Cross will be held on Friday evenings throughout the Season of Lent beginning on Friday, February 26 at 5:30 p.m. As we continue to worship during the Covid-19 Pandemic, we will follow CDC guidelines and those outlined for us by the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Indiana. Masks and social distancing will be required.
Attendance guidelines are: 65 individuals in the sanctuary. We have set up 35 chairs that are social distanced. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing.
Upon Regathering We will follow all of the guidelines given by the CDC. We will require face masks for worship. If you do not have one, one will be provided. Postcards with more information about our regathering are available on the tile table in the entrance.
~Resumed Worship ~
St. Anne’s will Celebrate Holy Eucharist this Sunday at 8 and 10:15 a.m. inside the church.
We will require you to wear a mask and honor the social distancing guidelines in place.
Thank you for worshiping with us, please note:
- Pews have been marked with blue tape. Those attending 8 a.m.,
please sit where there is NO TAPE.
- 10:15 please sit in the areas marked WITH blue tape.
- The floors have been marked with tape to follow social
- If you do not have a mask, we will have one available.
- Hand sanitizer will be available in several locations.
- We will sanitize pews between the services.
- Communion will be available by consuming wafers.
What’s Happening at St. Anne’s?
COVID-19 is limiting our in-person service, however we are able to have a maximum capacity of 65 in the sanctuary and 35 in the parish hall.
IF YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO JOIN US IN PERSON AT ST. ANNE’S, PLEASE JOIN US FOR VIRTUAL WORSHIP THIS SUNDAY VIA OUR FACEBOOK PAGE: “ST. ANNE’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH IN WARSAW, IN” THE SERVICE WILL STREAM LIVE AT 10:15 A.M.
What’s near St. Anne’s Episcopal Church?
- For information about Warsaw: http://warsaw.in.gov/
- For information about Warsaw Community Schools: http://www.warsaw.k12.in.us/
- For cultural opportunities in Warsaw: http://visitkosciuskocounty.org/explore-the-area/history-and-culture/