What Is Tenebrae?

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This dramatic mourning ritual dates back centuries and is a held during the Triduum. Tenebrae, which means darkness or shadows, acquired its name because of the mourning ritual surrounding the ceremony, which includes a triangular stand with fifteen candles that are one by one extinguished until darkness totally cloaks the Church. But in the darkness is a powerful prayer, and with only one candle lit, the assembly disperses in solemn silence. It’s a ceremony that seeps into your bones and leaves your entire being longing for Easter…longing for the Resurrection…longing for the victory of our Light.

Join us after the 7:30pm Lord’s Passion and Death on Good Friday. Tenebrae begins at 9pm in the Church, and if you haven’t ever participated this powerful service, perhaps it’s time.

And the darkness has not overcome it.
— John 1:5
Carolyn Shields