“Jesus Carrying the Cross” painting by Sabastiano del Piombo (c. 1516)

Good Friday Tenebrae Service

Scripture: John 18:1-40; John 19:1-42 (NRSV)

The word “tenebrae” comes from the Latin meaning “darkness.” The Tenebrae service first began in the 4th century and utilizes the entrancing imagery of gradually diminishing light to symbolize Christ’s passion and crucifixion.

Take in the shadows, smoke, and increasing darkness to experience the approaching darkness of Jesus’ death and of hopelessness in the world without God.

Prayer: Almighty God, your Son Jesus Christ was lifted high upon the cross so that he might draw the whole world to himself. Grant that we, who glory in this death for our salvation, may also glory in his call to take up our cross and follow him; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Worship Service Artwork:
“Jesus Carrying the Cross” by Sabastiano del Piombo (c. 1516), Museo del Prado, Madrid (authorized for Fair Use)




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