Tenebrae, from the Latin word for “shadows,” has been observed in the church of Jesus Christ since the fourth century, on Maundy Thursday or Good Friday. During the service, different readers will recall the events that led Jesus to the cross, and we will extinguish seven candles, one by one, dramatizing the suffering and death of Jesus. The diminishing light symbolizes the fading devotion of the disciples and the sin of the world. At the end of the service the worship center will be dark.
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Cast and Props
Readers for 16 parts
Tell Me the Old, Old Story: A reader's theater service adapted from Walter Wangerin's The Manger Is Empty, page 1 of 2BySeptember 1, 1996
Opening Hymn: "O Come, All Ye Faithful" PsH 340, PH 41, 42, RL 195, TH 208
Hymn: "O Come, Let Us Adore Him"
Hymn: "I Love to Tell the Story" stanza 1 PsH 530, TH 478