Good Friday – March 25, 2016 – The Service of Tenebrae
THE SERVICE OF TENEBRAE: Tenebrae is a Latin word which means, “shadows.” The distinctive feature of the Tenebrae service is the gradual darkening of the sanctuary. The service is symbolic of the apparent victory of the powers of darkness over Jesus at his death, but actually of their defeat by Him who is the Light of the World. The first part of the service recalls the prophecies regarding Jesus’ suffering and death and their fulfillment. Part two reviews the seven last words of Jesus from the cross.