Maundy Thursday Tenebrae Service
Join us Thursday April 13th at 7 p.m., as we share in a beautiful candlelight service. The word “Maundy” in Maundy Thursday means: command in token of Jesus’ Word. “A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another” (John 13:34). It was on a Thursday evening of His last week of life on earth that Jesus met with His disciples in the upper room at Jerusalem for supper and instituted the Holy Communion.
THE SERVICE OF THE TENEBRAE
The “extinguishing of the lights” is adapted from a service dating back to the fourth century. This service was called “Tenebrae,” the shadows. In thought, we follow Jesus and His disciples as they return into the shadow of prayer. We hear Him asking them to stand by Him as He enters more and more deeply into lonely darkness. As the danger grows, one by one they leave Him, finally even the three upon whom He most depended.