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Please join us, in community with Trinity Episcopal Church, for for a service rich with
symbolic meaning that dates back to medieval times. Tenebrae (the Latin word for
“darkness” or “shadows”) has for centuries been applied to the ancient monastic night and
early morning services (Matins and Lauds) of the last three days of Holy Week, which in
medieval times came to be celebrated on the preceding evenings. The most conspicuous
feature of the service is the gradual extinguishing of candles and other lights in the church
until only a single candle, considered a symbol of our Lord, remains. Toward the end of the service this candle is hidden, typifying the apparent victory of the forces of evil. At the very end, a loud noise is made, symbolizing the earthquake at the time of the resurrection (Matthew 28:2), the hidden candle is restored to its place, and by its light all depart in silence.
Holy Week Services 2020
All Holy Week Services take place Online
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The Great Vigil of Easter is the most ancient of our Paschal services and is considered the first Mass of the Resurrection.