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Tennebrae – A Ritual of Shadows

The Holy Week service called Tennebrae has become so rare today many Christians have never experienced the funereal tenor of this sorrowful ritual. The first Tennebrae service I attended made such a profound impact on me that I had to learn more … Continue reading

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Tenebrae – An Ancient Holy Week Observance

                        Enter the sanctuary. The church is in shadow, lit only by burning altar candles, sometimes sitting in a holder called a “hearse.” The pastor reads from Scripture, the choir sings a lament and the acolyte extinguishes one candle. … Continue reading

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