Schedule of Weekly Services
Traditional Liturgical Worship
Holy Eucharist: 11:00 a.m.
Evening Prayer: 6:30 p.m.
Bible Study 7:00 p.m.
The traditional Christian worship service found at Saint Ann Chapel is based on the orthodox beliefs held by the Church throughout the ages, and is expressed in the liturgy of the Anglican Book of Common prayer.
At Saint Ann Chapel, we follow the teachings of Jesus Christ and celebrate historic, orthodox Christianity in the Anglican tradition. Our beliefs are based on the Bible and the time-honored creeds of the Church. We uphold family values and New Testament morality. We strive to follow and love God with all our hearts, our souls, our minds, and our bodies, and to love and serve our fellow man as God has commanded us.
Our worship is based on the forms and traditions handed down to us from the ages. It has its roots in the temple worship of the Old Testament, and is informed by the saving work of Christ in the New Testament. The organ-accompanied hymns we sing lift our spirits heavenward and help us focus our minds on the teachings of the day. The sacred music of our small professional choir brings a joyful echo of the heavenly chorus and encourages us to join with them. We read the Holy Scriptures at every service, and ponder their meaning together in a brief homily or sermon. We also affirm our faith at each service, reciting together the words of the Nicene Creed. We always take time to pray for each other, our communities and the world; and we confess our sins to God and ask for his mercy and forgiveness. The climax of each service is the celebration of the Sacrament of Holy Communion.
We are a sacramental church, believing that God works through matter in the waters of Holy Baptism, and in the bread and wine of the Holy Eucharist. We believe in the Real Presence of Christ in the communion elements, wherein He offers Himself as true Spiritual food and drink to nourish our spirits. At our church, the Sacrament of the Eucharist is open to all baptized Christians who confess the faith expressed in the Nicene Creed.
Our service follows the forms prescribed in the 1928 Anglican Book of Common Prayer and utilizes the words of the King James Bible. While the poetic language of our liturgy dates to the sixteenth century, many elements of the service are derived from the first century and earlier; some of the prayers and all the Psalms go back thousands of years. In order to help us better focus on these words of worship, our choir leads us as we chant the liturgical elements, both the regularly repeated portions like the Gloria, the Creed, the Lord’s Prayer and the Agnus Dei, and the parts that change from week to week, typically portions of the Psalms selected to coincide with the other Scripture readings. Many Plainsong and Gregorian chants we use are from the 9th and 10th centuries.
The Christian calendar informs our liturgy, with each season focusing on a portion of the Life of Christ and His Church. In the four weeks before Christmas, we celebrate the Advent – the first and second coming – of Jesus Christ into the world. During the 12 days of Christmas, we commemorate His birth as a son of Mary and Joseph. The six Sundays of Epiphany remind us the many ways in which God has revealed himself to the world. In the penitential season of Lent, we remind ourselves of the sacrifices needed to follow Jesus as he set His face steadfastly toward Jerusalem and the Cross. Holy Week is filled with special services like Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday in which we follow Jesus as he enters Jerusalem as a king, prepares his followers for his coming death, and then sacrifices himself for sins of the world on the cross. Easter is the glorious season of celebration of His Resurrection and the defeat of all our enemies. Instead of just one Sunday of celebration, we commemorate that great event for seven Sundays. At Pentecost, we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the Church. We follow its growth and concentrate on our own throughout the long season also known as Trinity. As the year wears on, we yearn for the Return of the King, which we celebrate at Advent, the end and the beginning of the Christian year.
Our parishioners come from all parts of the San Francisco Bay Area, from as far north on the Peninsula as San Mateo and Belmont to as far south as Campbell, San Jose and Los Gatos. Since most people do not work on Sundays, travel time to our Chapel from any of the following South Bay and Peninsula cities is less than 25 minutes: San Carlos, Redwood City, Atherton, Woodside, Palo Alto, Stanford, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Cupertino, Saratoga, Santa Clara or any other city in Silicon Valley or beyond. We invite you to come and be refreshed by the Holy Spirit while we worship God in the beauty of holiness.