April 7, 2019 – A View From the Rectory

Tenebrae – Our Lord’s Entombment

Friday, April 19, 2019

7:00pm    Resurrection Church

I have been asked, “What is Tenebrae? What is a Tenebrae service?”

The word Tenebrae is Latin for “shadows” or “darkness.”  It can also be translated as “night” or “death.”  The Tenebrae service is an ancient tradition in Christian history that took place on one of the last three days of Holy Week.

On Good Friday, we will gather in the Church at 7pm as darkness descends to recall the somber events that occurred in Jesus’ life from the exuberant entrance into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday through the night of Jesus’ burial on Good Friday.

The most distinctive aspect of the service is the use of several lit candles. The flames of these candles are extinguished one by one as Scripture readings are shared to tell the story of Holy Week.  This gradual descent into gloom is a representation of Jesus’ increasing sorrow as the events of Passion Week unfolded.  After the last verse is read, the last candle is put out, and the room is plunged into darkness.

A loud noise is sounded in the blackness to represent the closing of Christ’s tomb.  At this point, the service ends, and the participants are traditionally expected to leave in contemplative silence.

I encourage you to join us for this beautiful prayer as we prepare to embrace the promise and the joy of Easter anew.

Fr. Pete

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Friday Evening, April 19

Church of the Resurrection

Following Tenebrae at 7:30pm

Saturday Morning, April 20

Saint Casimir Church at 9:30am

Holy Week Schedule

Palm Sunday Weekend, April 13/14, 2019

No Mass changes to weekend schedule

Diocesan Chrism Mass, April 16, 2019

4:00pm             Our Lady of Hope Parish, Blackwood

                           (If attending, please call 390-0664).

Holy Thursday, April 18, 2019

7:00pm Resurrection Church, Holy

Thursday, Mass of the Lord’s Supper, followed by Adoration in

the Extension with Reposition at 10pm

Good Friday, April 19, 2019

3:00pm Resurrection Church, Good Friday Service and Veneration of the Cross.

7:00pm Resurrection Church, Tenebrae

Our Lord’s Entombment

Holy Saturday, April 20, 2019

8:00pm Resurrection Church, Easter Vigil Mass

Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019

6:00am Sunrise Mass, East Williams Road Beach, Strathmere

8:00am Resurrection Church Mass

8:30am Saint Casimir Church Mass

9:30am Resurrection Church Mass

10:30am Saint Casimir Church, Spanish Mass

11:00am Resurrection Church Mass