We had members from all three churches reading parts during the service. There were a total of 16 parts, with the final reading in total darkness. The readings were interspersed with hymns.
The word "tenebrae" comes from the Latin meaning "darkness." In this dramatic service on Good Friday, all of the lights and candles on the altar are gradually extinguished until the room is in complete darkness. At the moment of darkness, a loud noise occurs symbolizing the death of Jesus.
The last reading is done in darkness. After the final reading all attending leave the church in silence. Tenebrae is a very moving service and offers a stark contrast to joy of Easter morning.