What is the Service of Shadows? The Tenebrae Service, also known as the Service of Shadows, has been practiced by the Western Church since medieval times. It was once observed by the monastic community, but later became an important part of the worship of the common folk during Holy Week. Tonight, we are joining Christians of many generations throughout the world in observing the Service of Shadows.
This service is a prolonged meditation upon the suffering of Christ. Readings trace the story of Christ’s passion, music portrays his pathos, and the power of silence and darkness suggests the drama of this momentous event for the whole world. As lights are extinguished, we ponder the depth of Christ’s suffering and death. Then we remember the cataclysmic nature of his sacrifice as we hear the overwhelming sound of the tolling of the bell. Of course, as we depart in silence with heavy hearts, we anticipate the joy of the ultimate victory of Easter soon to follow.
Join us on Good Friday for this meaningful service of remembrance of Christ’s sacrifice for us!