TENEBRAE

Following last year’s successful service during Holy Week it has been decided to hold another Tenebrae Service. This will take place on April 17th at 8.00.p.m. in the church.

Tenebrae – Latin for shadows or darkness is a Christian service celebrated on an evening in Holy Week especially on Maundy Thursday.

The distinctive ceremony of Maundy Thursday is the gradual extinguishing of candles while a series of readings are said.

The Tenebrae service contains readings from the gospels, which describe the time between the Last Supper and the Passion of Christ. Another frequent element in Tenebrae services is the inclusion of the last seven sayings of Jesus, assembled from the various gospel accounts. After people have read the passage from scripture they snuff out a candle to represent the flight of the disciples and the approach of Jesus’ enemies and the Passion of Christ. When the last passage has been read the church is completely dark and recalls the days when Jesus was in the tomb. When such is the case someone often comes forward and relights a single candle to represent the hope of the prophecy of Easter. Tenebrae services include Communion, as this was the day, which Jesus instituted it.

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