Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
This Liturgy is distinctive for its gradual extinguishing of candles—while excerpts from Scripture are read and songs sung—until the space is in utter darkness. The word "Tenebrae" means "shadows" or "darkness." 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. It draws us into scriptural accounts that allude to Jesus' crucifixion as "darkness came over the whole land."
The liturgy is characterized by the progressive extinguishing of light in the church. The liturgy is offered on Wednesday in Holy Week to preserve the importance of the distinctive Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday liturgies.