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Good Friday Tenebrae service in Baraboo Print
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Thursday, Apr. 18, 2019 -- 12:00 AM

BARABOO -- St. Joseph Parish, Baraboo, will again celebrate the beautiful and peaceful Tenebrae service on Good Friday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m. Tenebrae, which means "shadows" in Latin, dates to the ancient Church.

The service incorporates light, music, Scripture, and prayer to focus on Jesus' passion: his betrayal, abandonment, and agony. The Passion narrative is told in readings, followed by Scripture and a musical reflection.

Beginning with 15 lit candles, one candle is extinguished after each reading to symbolize the apparent victory of the powers of darkness, until only one light -- the light of Christ -- remains.

The service ends with a loud noise, a strepitus, that suggests the moment of Jesus' death, followed by silence.

The entire community is invited to quietly experience this prayerful ecumenical service.

 
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