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Tenebrae service at Baraboo parish Print E-mail
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Thursday, Mar. 24, 2016 -- 12:00 AM

BARABOO -- St. Joseph Parish will again celebrate the beautiful and peaceful Tenebrae service on Good Friday, March 25, at 7:30 p.m. Tenebrae, which means "shadows" in Latin, dates to the ancient Church.

The service incorporates light, music, Scripture, and prayer to focus on Jesus' passion: his betrayal, abandonment, and agony. The Passion narrative is told in readings, followed by Scripture and a musical reflection.

Beginning with 15 lit candles, one candle is extinguished after each reading to symbolize the apparent victory of the powers of darkness, until only one light -- the light of Christ -- remains. The service ends with a loud noise, a strepitus, that suggests the moment of Jesus' death, followed by silence.

The community is invited to quietly experience this prayerful ecumenical service.

 
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