On Good Friday we remember Christ’s suffering and crucifixion. Spend time in quiet reflection, prayer and rededication in community as we prepare our hearts for the coming hope of resurrection. This will be a Tenebrae (pronounced tén-eh-bray) style service. Tenebrae is a service of scripture readings that tell the story of Jesus’ arrest, trial, crucifixion, and burial, accompanied by the gradual extinguishing of light.
The service of Tenebrae, meaning “darkness” or “shadows,” has been practiced by the church since medieval times. Once a service for the monastic community, Tenebrae later became an important part of common worship during Holy Week. We join Christians of many generations throughout the world in using this tradition.
Tenebrae is a prolonged meditation on Christ’s suffering. We will use scripture readings to trace the story of Christ’s passion, as well as times of singing, silence and darkness to deepen our reflection. As lights are progressively extinguished, we ponder the depth of Christ’s suffering; we remember the nature of Jesus’ sacrifice and we enter into the overwhelming reality of His death. After the final candle is extinguished and Jesus is laid in the tomb, you will be invited to leave quietly — and continue waiting for resurrection.