Join us on April 19 at 7:30pm to meditate on Christ's holy work on the cross.
Good Friday is the Friday before Easter. While Easter morning is a celebration of Christ's victory over sin and death, our Good Friday Service is a meditation on that death. To help focus us on the crucifixion of our Lord, we use the historic Tenebrae Service.
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 the worship of the medieval common folk during Holy Week. Today we join Christians of many generations throughout the world in using the liturgy of Tenebrae.
Tenebrae is a prolonged meditation on Christ’s suffering. Readings trace the story of Christ’s passion, music portrays his pathos, and the power of silence and darkness suggests the drama of this momentous day. We ponder the depth of Christ’s suffering through mounting darkness as candles are extinguished. Through the return of the small but persistent flame of the Christ candle at the conclusion of the service, we anticipate the joy of ultimate victory.