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Good Friday & Good Friday Tenebrae Services

Join us for 2 different and moving services: Good Friday at 1:00 pm and the Good Friday Tenebrae service at 7:00 pm

Good Friday is part of the sacred Triduum, the three-day observance of the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ. There is no Invocation or Benediction. The name may originally have been “God’s Friday,” but it is certainly also “good” because of the good gifts Christ won for us on this day. Good Friday is not observed as a funeral for Jesus. It is a day for repentance over sin and restrained joy and praise for the redemption the Lord Jesus accomplished for us on the cross. In keeping with this character, music is kept to a minimum, though not silenced. Elaborate words of praise are omitted. The altar remains bare, having been stripped on Holy Thursday.

The service of Tenebrae (meaning “darkness”) consists of the extinguishing of the church lights. Historically, Tenebrae occurred early in the morning at the Offices of Matins and Lauds on all three days of the Triduum. In recent times, the service has been observed only on the evening of Good Friday.

Earlier Event: April 18
Maundy Thursday
Later Event: April 20
Easter Vigil Service