Holy Week celebrates the Final Week in the Life of Jesus as he dies to make us free to be God’s Children. The Week begins with Passion Sunday/Palm Sunday which gives an overview of the week to come. Maundy Thursday service is held at 7:00 PM on the Thursday before Easter and focuses on the Institution of the Lord’s Supper and the arrest and trial of Jesus. The service ends in silence and continues the next evening, Good Friday at 7:00 PM, with the focus now being on the suffering and death of Jesus on the Cross. This is the only service which does not include the Holy Communion. This service also ends in silence and concludes on Easter morning with the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead.
“Tenebrae (Latin for “shadows” or “darkness”) is a Christian religious service celebrated within Western Christianity on the evening before or early morning of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday, which are the last three days of Holy Week. The distinctive ceremony of Tenebrae is the gradual extinguishing of candles while a series of readings and psalms is chanted or recited.”