FALL RIVER — A special prayer service called Tenebrae is held each year on the Wednesday evening of Holy Week at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Fall River. This year, it will take place on Wednesday, March 28, beginning at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome.
Rooted in monastic tradition, this service of readings, psalms and hymns begins in the light which eventually fades into darkness as the candles in the sanctuary are gradually extinguished. The word Tenebrae is Latin for “darkness” or “shadows.”
Christians of all denominations and their clergy are invited to participate as a means of sharing worship during these holy days when the focus of all the followers of Jesus Christ is on his passion, death and resurrection.
Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., of the Fall River Diocese will preside at the service and by custom a minister from another Christian denomination will preach. Clergy are welcome to enter the sacristy chapel of the Cathedral to vest according to their own tradition and to participate in the procession.