Maundy Thursday at Newmarket Community Church

A Performance of Paul Hamill’s Tenebrae

Tenebrae, a term meaning, “darkness,” or “shadows,” in Latin, is a religious service of Western Christianity held on the days preceding Easter. Tenebrae commemorates Jesus’ Last Supper, his prayer vigil in the Garden of Gethsemane, trial in front of Pontius Pilate, and Crucifixion. It is celebrated with a gradual extinguishing of candles, and by a “strepitus” or “loud noise” taking place in total darkness near the end of the service.

Celebrations called Tenebrae today often focus on the Seven Last Words or readings of the Passion of Jesus.

The sanctuary is progressively darkened as the candles are extinguished. At the end, only one candle remains burning. This light is removed for a short time, symbolizing Christ’s three days in the tomb. The light is the returned and spreads its light through the disciples, symbolized by the choir.

Tenebrae at Newmarket Community Church

Newmarket Community Church will hold a candlelight service of Tenebrae for Maundy Thursday on April 14, 2022 at 7 p.m. Our choir and musical team will perform pieces by J.S. Bach and others, with dramatic readings and narrations, arranged by Paul Hamill. All are welcome for this wonderful performance in reverence of the darkness that comes before the light of Easter morning!

Please join us!