Maundy Thursday – Tenebrae Service

Tenebrae, meaning “darkness” is a solemn observation of the Lord’s Supper. Eight candles are gradually extinguished, symbolizing the flight and denial of the disciples and friends of Jesus after the Crucifixion. A ninth candle, symbolizing Christ, remains lit throughout the service; the light of Christ can never be extinguished. In that light we find forgiveness and fellowship, in communion with our Lord.


Following is the copyright information for the Tenebrae service on Thursday, 6 April 2023:

“When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”; WORDS: Isaac Watts, MUSIC: Lowell Mason; Public Domain

“Just As I Am”; WORDS: Charlotte Elliott, MUISC: William B. Bradbury; Public Domain

“In the Garden”; Words and Music: Carl J. Nygard, Jr.; Copyright 1989 Beckenhorst Press, Inc.; “Permission to reprint, podcast, and/or stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE with license #A-736451. All rights reserved.”

“Ah, Holy Jesus”; WORDS: Johann Heermann, tr. Robert Bridges, alt., MUSIC: Johann Cruger; Public Domain

“He Never Said a Mumbalin’ Word”; WORDS and MUSIC: African-American Spiritual; Public Domain

“O Sacred Head, Now Wounded”; WORDS: Attr. Bernard of Clairvaux (12th c.), tr. James W. Alexander, MUSIC: Hans Leo Hassler, arr. J. S. Bach; Public Domain