Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
This Liturgy, drawn from The Book of Occasional Services (2003) is distinctive for its gradual extinguishing of candles—while excerpts from Scripture and psalms are chanted—until the space is in utter darkness. The word "Tenebrae" means "shadows." The liturgy is designed to evoke the desolation the church ("the body of Christ") experiences during these days leading to the crucifixion.
The service dates back to at least the ninth century in the Western Christian tradition. The liturgy is offered on Wednesday in Holy Week to preserve the importance of the distinctive Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday liturgies.