Guilford Church is offering its Tenebrae service online starting at 7PM, Thursday, April 9. The word Tenebrae is Latin for “shadows” or “darkness” and can also be translated as “night” or “death”.
The Tenebrae service is an ancient tradition in Christian history that took place on one of the last three days of Holy Week: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, or Holy Saturday. Scripture readings are shared to tell the story of Holy Week. One candle is snuffed at the end of each reading. This gradual descent into gloom is a representation of Jesus’ sorrow as the events from Passion Week unfold.
After the last verse is read, the last candle is put out, and the room is plunged into darkness. A loud noise is sounded in the blackness to represent the closing of the tomb. At this point, another candle is lit symbolizing Christ’s resurrection.