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The Rev Andries Combrink is a Presbyterian Minister of the Gospel. He lives in Centurion, South Africa. 
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Mar 25

Written by: Andries
Monday, March 25, 2013 4:44:54 PM  RssIcon

Tenebrae Liturgical Prayers and Readings.

On Maundy Thursday night, the eve before Good Friday.


You are asked to meditate on the fact that it was on the Thursday evening before Good Friday that Jesus and his disciples were together for the last time, when he and they stood in the shadow of the cross, when he washed their feet and instituted the Holy Supper. 

Tenebrae is the Latin word for darkness. The gradual extinguishing of the lights at the end of the service is symbolic of the advancing darkness that came over Jesus during the night of his arrest, with the flight of the disciples, the bitter hate of his enemies, the looming shadow of the cross.  The moments of total darkness recalls the time when he was in the tomb.

The relighting of the central candle is a prophecy of Easter so soon to dawn. 

We ask you to observe the rule of silence throughout the service.  It ends with the relighting of the central candle, after which the congregation leaves the church in silence and go home still meditating the experience of Tenebrae...

Call to Worship

Romans 8: 38 - 39

I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.


Prayer of Adoration and Confession of sins. 

We worship you, we give thanks to you, o LORD. You are the one living and true God, who is Spirit, personal, infinite, and eternal, present in every place, the almighty Author and sovereign Lord of all; most blessed, most  holy, and most free; perfect in wisdom, justice, truth and love; to us most merciful and gracious; unto whom only we must cleave, whom only we must worship and obey. To You, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, be glory forever.

You are holy, O God of majesty, and blessed is Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord. In Jesus, born of Mary, your Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth. He lived as one of us, knowing joy and sorrow. He healed the sick, fed the hungry, opened blind eyes, and broke bread with outcasts and sinners.

Dying on the cross, he gave himself for the life of the world. Raised from the grave, he won for his people victory over death. We praise you that Christ now reigns with you and will come again to make all things new.

Forgive us our sins. Purify us and cleanse us, o Lord. Give us strength to serve you faithfully until we feast with you and all your people in the fullness of your glory and joy.

Through Christ, with Christ and in Christ, in unity with the Holy Spirit, belong to you all glory and honour, eternal God, now and forevermore!  

Grant us, o Lord, peaceful fellowship with you and with each other.  

Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

After a Scripture reading follows a short sermon.


Prayer of Thanksgiving: 

Let us pray:     Almighty and ever-living God, we thank you that in your great love you have brought us together tonight to experience the darkness of the night of your arrest, that we may with more commitment and thanksgiving praise and worship you for the eternal Light we gained when you laid down your life for your friends.   

Grant us the grace to live according to the Gospel Truth we have heard and experienced tonight.
When we remember that Thursday night when you washed the feet of your disciples, when you instituted your Holy Supper, when you were denied and betrayed, when there were drops of blood in your sweat as you anguished in waiting for the wrath of God as a result of our sins, when your emotions became dark and sad  - as we remember the darkness of that night   - speak to us through your Word and urge us to repent,  because we have done this to you by our sins,  impurity and disobedience.
Father and God of Light and truth - help us to accept your love for us; teach us how to believe when the world around us become dark; change our hearts that we will expect that the Light of  the World is our Redeemer from darkness and our Saviour from the judgement of God. 
Through Jesus Christ, our Lord,
(Keep in mind that Easter Communion on Easter Sunday is the celebration where our Holy Week services peak in joy and the experience of our communion with the Living Lord.)

Extinguishing of the Tenebrae Candles:

Suggested readings:

FIRST READER: Luke 22: 39 – 48

First reader extinguishes 1st candle. 


SECOND READER: Luke 22: 54 - 62. 2nd candle extinguished.  

Music while contemplating the readings...  (Betrayal)

THIRD READER: Matt 27: 22 – 31  Reader extinguishes 3rd candle.

FOURTH READER: Lukas 23: 26 - 28.  4th candle extinguished.

FIFTH READER: Matt 27: 33 – 40   Reader extinguishes 5th candle

SIXTH READER: Luke 23: 39 – 43 & John 19: 25 - 27.  Sixth candle extinguished.

Music while contemplating the readings...  (Sadness)

SEVENTH READER: Luke 23: 44 – 54    Reader extinguishes 7th candle.

Music while contemplating the readings...  (Death) 

Minister: With a loud cry, Jesus, breathed His last...

The minister extinguishes the central candle.

Total darkness represents that Jesus was in the tomb



After about a miniute, the minister relights the central candle with the words.

On the 3rd day, He rose again!  

The minister leaves immediately and worshippers follow in silence.

This is an incomplete service, without benediction, only completed on Easter Sunday.

We leave the Church in silence – and go home reflecting on the experience of Tenebrae…


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