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All Saints' Side Chapel

Good Friday Tenebrae

Join us in our Parish Hall Side Chapel for this unique and moving service.

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Good Friday Tenebrae
Good Friday Tenebrae

Time & Location

Mar 30, 2024, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

All Saints' Side Chapel, 1425 Cherokee Rd, Florence, SC 29501, USA

About The Event

The name Tenebrae (Latin for “darkness” or “shadows”) has for centuries been applied to the ancient monastic night and early morning offices of the last three days of Holy Week, which in medieval times came to be celebrated on the preceding evenings. By drawing upon material from each of the three offices, this service provides an extended meditation upon, and a prelude to, the suffering and death of our Lord. Apart from the chanting of the Lamentations (in which each verse is introduced by a letter of the Hebrew alphabet), the most conspicuous feature of the service is the gradual extinguishing of candles and other lights in the church, symbolizing the scattering of the disciples and other followers of Jesus during his Passion, until only a single candle, considered a symbol of our Lord, remains. Toward the end of the service this candle is hidden, portraying the apparent victory of the forces of evil, and the church is completely dark. At the very end, a loud noise is made, symbolizing the earthquake at the moment of Christ’s death on the cross (Matt. 27:51), the hidden candle is restored to its place, and by its light all depart in silence.

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