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Apr 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The word Tenebrae is Latin for “shadows” or “darkness.” This service is an ancient tradition in Christian history that took place on one of the last three days of Holy Week: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, or Holy Saturday. The purpose of this service was to remember the events that occurred in Jesus’ life from the entrance into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday through the night of Jesus’ burial on Good Friday.
The most distinctive aspect of the service is the use of a Tenebrae “hearse,” a holder for several lit candles. The flames of these candles are extinguished one by one as Scripture readings are shared to tell the story of Holy Week. This gradual descent into darkness is a representation of Jesus’ increasing sorrow as the events of Passion Week unfolded. After the last verse is read, the last candle is put out, and the room is plunged into darkness.
After a few moments of silence the “Christ candle” is lit pointing us to the hope of the resurrection. The service ends, and the participants are traditionally expected to leave in contemplative silence.