Join us for the livestream of our Good Friday Tenebrae Service from Bray.
Tenebrae or ‘Service of Shadows,’ is one of the oldest church traditions for the commemoration of the Passion and Death of Jesus. It comes from the Latin word ‘tenebrae’- meaning ‘shadows’. As the Passion story unfolds, the darkness increases, until the final reading, the death and burial of Christ, when the last candle will be extinguished plunging the church into shadow.
Deliberately, the service ends with no benediction and no music. We are invited at the end of the service to remain for a few moments in quiet prayer, and then leave in silence: this dark, subdued and incomplete ending reflects the death of Christ and a salvation incomplete until the later miracle of the resurrection.