Good Friday Tenebrae

On Good Friday we will be presenting the Tenebrae at our eveing service.  The word “tenebrae” comes from the Latin meaning “darkness.” The Tenebrae is an ancient Christian Good Friday service that makes use of gradually diminishing light through the extinguishing of candles to symbolize the events of that week from the triumphant Palm Sunday entry through Jesus’ burial.

This increasing darkness symbolizes the approaching darkness of Jesus’ death and of hopelessness in the world without God. The service concludes in darkness, sometimes with a final candle, the Christ candle, carried out of the sanctuary, symbolizing the death of Jesus. A loud noise may also sound symbolizing the closing of Jesus’ tomb. The worshipers then leave in silence to ponder the impact of Christ’s death and await the coming Resurrection.

The text is from the Gospel of John (18:1 – 19:42), as translated by James H. Charlesworth. He accurately translates the text with special sensitivity to Jews, Judaism, and Jesus’ Jewishness, and the Jewish origins of Christianity. This sensitivity is important because of the history of this text being using to fuel Christian anti-Semitism and acts of violence.

April 2019 Birthdays and Anniversaries

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April 2019 Birthdays

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