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Good Friday Tenebrae Service

  • Rockwall Presbyterian Church 306 East Rusk Street Rockwall, TX, 75087 United States (map)

Good Friday Tenebrae Service

One Night, Two Services

6 PM & 8 PM

Come dressed for a funeral.


You can't have the joy of resurrection without the tragedy of the cross. Tenebrae is a specific service that focuses on the cross and invites us into the sorrow and sadness of Christ's death, so that we might rejoice all the more in his resurrection.


A Tenebrae service originates all the way back in the fifth century. “Tenebrae” is a Latin word meaning “shadows.” Throughout the service, candles are extinguished, and the darkness grows as each portion of the story of Christ’s suffering and death is told through a dramatic reading of his Passion.

This darkness grows until finally, when Jesus is laid in the tomb and the stone is rolled over the entrance, all lights are extinguished and the church lies in total darkness. Through the service we follow Jesus into the tomb to feel the weight of his agony, betrayal, and death. Yet we do so knowing that sorrow and death haven't had the final word.

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Green Door 5K/10K