“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

The Seven Last Words of Jesus

Dating back to the 8th century, Christians have gathered as the sun sets on Good Friday to recall the hours of darkness that overcame the earth during the events of the crucifixion. This service, called Tenebrae, from the Latin word for “darkness” or “shadows”, was a reflection on the suffering of Christ as he endured the “shadows” of betrayal, denial, anguish, humiliation, separation and death in the final days of his life.

The Seven Last Words of Jesus is an adaptation of the ancient Tenebrae, incorporating candlelight, scripture readings, music, characterizations and silence to tell the Passion story.

Tenebrae is a very powerful and moving experience. You will observe a diminishing of light throughout the service, a sign of the darkness that was closing in on Jesus as he made his journey towards the cross. Before the closing, a sudden thunderous noise will pierce our silence, representing the earthquake that occurred upon his death and the stone being rolled to seal the tomb.

Due to the solemn nature of Tenebrae, we ask that you enter humbly, worship deeply, and leave quietly with your heart centered on the suffering of Christ for us and our salvation. The story isn’t over until Easter Day.