Piety Hill Musings

The ramblings of the 51 year old Rector of St. John's Episcopal Church of Detroit. Piety Hill refers to the old name for our neighborhood. The neighborhood has changed a great deal in the over 150 years we have been on this corner (but not our traditional biblical theology) and it is now known for the neighboring theatres, the professional baseball and football stadiums and new hockey/basketball arena.

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Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Wednesday in Holy Week - the Journey begins

Tonight's Liturgy, at 7pm, explained by The Anglican Service Book, published by The Church of the Good Shepherd in Rosemont, PA (where I was curate 1994 to 1996).
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Tenebrae is a Latin word meaning “darkness,” and is the popular name for the special forms of the Offices of Mattins and Lauds appointed for the last three days in Holy Week (called the Sacred Triduum). Because it is now a nearly universal practice to hold the liturgies for Maundy Thursday and Good Friday in the afternoon or evening, it has become customary, in some places, to offer Tenebrae in the evening on Holy Wednesday, at times drawing elements from Tenebrae of Good Friday and Holy Saturday.

Perhaps the most striking feature of the service is the gradual extinguishing of the candles until only one is left, which is then concealed for a time until a loud noise is made (signifying the earthquake at the Resurrection), whereupon the hidden candle is restored to its place in anticipation of the Resurrection.

All depart in silence.