Easter’s near —Good Friday Service of Darkness

Photo of feet nailed to the cross and the words, "Good Friday."

Tenebrae is Service of Darkness

We remember how our Savior suffered and died for our sins on the cross. The Good Friday 7 PM worship service is called Tenebrae, meaning “Service of Darkness.” In this service we imagine only a small portion of Christʼs pain and suffering.

Photo close-up of a crown of thorns with the words, "Good Friday."

The Tenebrae worship service starts out with the church lit only by candlelight.

Gradually we extinguish the candles until, toward the end of the service, the Christ candle is hidden. At this point, the service ends, there is no blessing and the people leave in silence. (The lights remain dim, just light enough so that people can see to make their way out of the Sanctuary.)

Photo close-up of two square nails and the words, "Good Friday."

The purpose of the service is to recreate the betrayal, abandonment, and agony of the events leading up to the crucifiction of Jesus, and it is left unfinished, because the story isn’t over until Easter Day.


Photo of the top of a cross against the sky with clouds and the words, "It is finished."

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FAQ: What is Tenebrae?

Quick answer: Tenebrae (/ˈtɛnəbreɪ, -bri/—Latin for “darkness”) is a religious service of Western Christianity held during the three days preceding Easter, and characterized by gradual extinguishing of candles, and by a “strepitus” or “loud noise” taking place in total darkness near the end of the service. —Wikipedia

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