Good Friday Service of Taizé and Tenebrae

Starts: Friday, April 14th 2017 at 7:30 pm
Ends: Friday, April 14th 2017 at 8:30 pm

Our Good Friday worship this year will be a service of Taizé and Tenebrae.

Tenebrae:  The Word literally means “darkness” or “shadows.”  The service dates back to the 4th century and the ancient Holy Week ceremony in which the lights in the church are extinguished one by one as the service proceeds.  In this dramatic worship experience, the mental, spiritual and physical anguish of Jesus are proclaimed as he moved toward his death.  As the service ends, the congregation is asked to leave in silence.

Taizé: The Taizé Community is an ecumenical monastic order in Taizé, Burgundy, France.  It is composed of brothers from Protestant and Catholic traditions from about thirty countries, and founded in 1940 by Brother Roger Schutz, a Protestant.  The community has become one of the world’s most important sites of Christian pilgrimage.  Singing is one of the central elements of Taizé worship.  Short songs, repeated again and again, give singing a meditative character.  Using just a few words they express a basic reality of faith, quickly grasped by the heart and mind.  As the words are sung over many times, this reality gradually penetrates the whole being.  Meditative singing thus becomes a way of listening to God.  It allows everyone to take part in a time of prayer together and to remain together in attentive waiting on God.