Liturgy for Good Friday Tenebrae Service, April 6, 2012

April 6, 2012 – 9:30 AM
Trinity Covenant Reformed Church, Imus, Cavite
What is a Tenebrae Service?

The Passion According to St. John


* Call to Worship — Isaiah 53:1-6

* Invocation — Psalm 124:8

* God’s Greeting — Romans 1:7

* Opening Prayer

* Opening Hymn —  “Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed” (Isaac Watts,1707)

Confession of Sin

The Service of Shadows

Lesson One:

The Shadow of the Lord’s Supper — Matthew 26:23-30
The Shadow of the Agony of the Spirit — Matthew 26:36-44
Psalm — Let All Exalt Jehovah’s Goodness (from Psalm 118) #233:1,2,5

Lesson Two:

The Shadow of Betrayal & Arrest — John 13:21-30; 18:1-14
Hymn — Ah, Dearest Jesus, How Hast Thou Offended #351:1-4 (Johann Heerman, 1630)

Lesson Three:

The Shadow of Desertion by Peter — John 18:15-26
Hymn — Lord, Jesus, Can It Ever Be? #457 (Joseph Grigg, 1765)

* Lesson Four:

The Shadow of Accusation — John 18:28-38
Psalm —  Save Me, O God #126:1-3,6 (from Psalm 69)

Lesson Five:

The Shadow of the Crucifixion & Humiliation John 19:1-25
Psalm  My God, My, I Cry to Thee #34:1,8,10 (from Psalm 22)

Lesson Six:

The Shadow of Death — John 19:28-37
Hymn — As When the Hebrew Prophet Raised (Isaac Watts, 1709)

Lesson Seven:

The Shadow of Burial — John 19:38-42
Hymn — O Christ, Our Hope, Our Heart’s Desire (Latin Hymn, 7th cent.)

Scripture Reading — John 19:28-30

Meditation — “It is Finished”

The Closing Service

Closing Hymn — O Sacred Head, Now Wounded #355 (Bernard of Clairvaux, 12th cent.)

Darkening the Place


Closing Prayer

Minister: (end of prayer) And all the people said:

People: Amen.

(Please leave in solemn silence. But let us again assemble together on the Lord’s Day to celebrate the Day of Christ’s Resurrection.)


What is a Tenebrae Service? (from Cloverdale United Reformed Church, Boise, Idaho)

A worship service of Tenebrae, from the Latin word for “shadows” or “darkness,” has been observed in the Church since the fourth century, on Maundy Thursday or Good Friday. Tenebrae is a service in which the Scripture readings—and the songs—trace the events of Christ’s passion. Through the service we ponder the cost of our salvation by meditating on the depth of Christ’s suffering, his crucifixion, death and burial. Though the Friday service ends with solemnity we know also of Sunday’s resurrection morning. Thus we may call this evening Good.

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