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Good Friday Service of Reflection - Tenebrae

Tenebrae, the latin word for “darkness” or “shadows”, was an early Christian service.  It includes the gradual extinguishing of candles until only one, a symbol of Our Lord, remains.  As it gets darker and darker, we can reflect on the great emotional and physical pain that was very real for Jesus that evening.  Near the end of the service, the Christ candle is hidden, typifying the apparent victory of the forces of evil over good.  At the very end, a loud noise is made, symbolising the earthquake at the time of His death and His resurrection.  At the moment of the earthquake, the temple veil was torn apart, making the Holy of Holies exposed to public view.  This represents God’s change towards us with direct access to him, no longer requiring the ceremonial acts of the priests for our forgiveness of sin.  The hidden candle is then restored to its place, symbolising the triumph of good over evil.  By this single light we all depart this service in silence.

Before the service we show a powerpoint presentation with the above explanation and images of the Stations of the Cross taken from the church in Jerusalem (brize_norton\st_britius\good_friday\intro.pptx)

The Order of service and instructions to those reading are here

A powerpoint presentation with images and music takes everyone through the service (brize_norton\st_britius\good_friday\good_friday_100409pm_sound.ppt)

The readings and meditations are below:

Reading 1 (Matthew 27: 15 - 26)

Meditation of Pilate's Wife

Reading 2 (John 19: 1 – 6a)

Meditation of Peter

Reading 3 (Luke 23: 32 - 38)

Meditation of John

Reading 4 (Mark 15: 22 – 26 & 33 - 34)

Meditation of Mary, wife of Clopas

Reading 5 (John 19: 25, 28 - 30)

Meditation of Mary Magdalene

 

 

 

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Phil Holmes  Updated on Tuesday 10 April 2011