This Lent we are journeying through the seven last words of a dying Jesus. Discovering the beauty of their meaning, it seems good to experience the words together as one whole. What a better way than to attend Good Friday worship.

You are invited to attend the Tenebrae: Service of Shadows at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis. It is one of the most beautiful Good Friday worship services in the cities.

“This service commemorates the death of Jesus and his descent into hell. Tenebrae is Latin for shadows/darkness. As the service unfolds, all candles and lights in The Basilica are extinguished until only one candle remains. When the last candle is carried out of the church and complete darkness fills The Basilica, the organ and timpani begin a symbolic earthquake.“

The service begins at 7:00 PM. It is best to arrive by 6:30 PM. It is long service (about two hours) but a dynamic worship sequence with music, scriptures, procession, incense and symbols. Elementary children encouraged to attend.