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Tenebrae Service

  • The Portal 2007 East 12th Street Vancouver, WA, 98661 United States (map)

Tenebrae is a service which began in medieval times in monastic communities as a reflection and meditation for Maundy Thursday or Good Friday.  It is a liturgy for tracing the story of Messiah’s death with scripture reading, poetry, and song.  There are long periods of silence and darkness to dramatize the power of that day.  Music offers the only relief in the somber reflection of the suffering of Jesus.

Throughout the service candlelight is gradually extinguished making the room darker and darker as we ponder the depths of Jesus’ suffering and the final “strepitus” is a clanging sound representing the calamity of the world following his death.  The final darkness of the room depicts the utter evil that humankind sat in after committing the greatest act of treason in human history.


No childcare is provided and it is not suitable for children under 10.

Earlier Event: March 25
Dawn Patrol
Later Event: March 28