Good Friday Worship & Musical Presentation
GOOD FRIDAY WORSHIP
Tenebrae Service of Shadows
March 27 at 7:00 pm in the Matthews UMC Sanctuary
Matthews UMC Sanctuary Choir with Flute Choir & Cello Soloist share a special musical presentation for our Good Friday worship service.
With roots in monastic practice, Tenebrae is an ancient liturgical tradition of the Christian church. It is the Latin word for “shadows/darkness” and the ritual typically involves the gradual extinguishing of candles. As light and darkness form the heart of the visual and musical experience, each extinguishing punctuates the conclusion of our hearing of the seven last words of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Our Tenebrae service will conclude with the traditional stripping of the chancel and strepitus, or “loud noise.” This is often the slamming shut of the Bible in total darkness close to the end of the ritual to represent the earthquake that followed the death of Christ. Then, the vigil candle, hidden during the closing part of the service, is finally revealed.
This service will also be livestreamed.