This year we are doing something a bit different in recognition of Good Friday, we are conducting a Tenebrae service. For most of us at Lone Star UMC, this is going to be something new, but this is a long-held tradition in the Church. Here are some resources to help familiarize the meaning behind Good Friday and what to expect from a Tenebrae service.
What is a Tenebrae service?
The word "tenebrae" comes from the Latin meaning "darkness." The Tenebrae is an ancient Christian Good Friday service that makes use of gradually diminishing light through the extinguishing of candles to symbolize the events of that week from the triumphant Palm Sunday entry through Jesus' burial.
This increasing darkness symbolizes the approaching darkness of Jesus' death and of hopelessness in the world without God. The service concludes in darkness, sometimes with a final candle, the Christ candle, carried out of the sanctuary, symbolizing the death of Jesus. A loud noise may also sound symbolizing the closing of Jesus' tomb. The worshipers then leave in silence to ponder the impact of Christ's death and await the coming Resurrection.
We hope to see you at our Good Friday service, April 19 at 7:00 P.M. and our Joint Easter service with Lone Star Baptist, April 21 at 7:00 A.M.
Also, a reminder that Carson United Methodist Church has invited Lone Star to their Maundy Thursday service, April 18 at 6:00 P.M.