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Good Friday Tenebrae Service

As the middle service of the Triduum, Good Friday is prepared for by Maundy Thursday. In turn, it leads into the Easter Vigil. The absence of a benediction the previous evening and again on Good Friday underscores the connectedness of the Triduum services. Good Friday is not a "funeral" for Jesus, but an austere celebration of the Lamb and his sacrifice. The bare altar, symbolic of Christ, is the focus, along with a large, rough-finished wooden cross that is placed before it. Tenebrae, the Service of Darkness, does not make provision for the celebration of the Lord's Supper. Historically, the church has not celebrated the Sacrament on Good Friday.

Earlier Event: March 30
Good Friday Afternoon Service
Later Event: April 1
Easter Vigil Service