A service of darkness, adapted from the ancient Tenebrae, a word meaning “shadows,” originated during the early years of the church. The service depicts the events that led to the crucifixion. The people, entering silently, should meditate on the fact that on Good Friday, the disciples all stood in the shadow of the cross. The extinguishing of the candles and the gradual dimming of the lights, as several portions of the story are read, symbolize the flight of the disciples and the approaching hour of the crucifixion. At the close of our service, there will be a moment of total darkness, recalling the hours Christ was in the tomb.
Good Friday, Were You There? Rev. Jeff Meyers