Mount Ayr, IA - 5pm - GOOD FRIDAY, TENEBRAE VESPERS (APRIL 18, 2014)

posted Apr 3, 2014, 9:01 AM by Jonathan Watt
GOOD FRIDAY, TENEBRAE VESPERS (APRIL 18, 2014)
Mount Ayr, IA - 5pm

There should be no prelude or postlude for the service.
The Congregation assembles in silence.

PROCESSION OF THE CROSS
Please stand and turn to follow the Processional Cross
Procession of the Cross
Prayer

Hymn: 425 When I Survey the Wondrous Cross  LSB 425

Offering
Reading Luke 23:50–55
Sermon

OFFICE OF TENEBRAE

HIS FRIENDS DESERTED HIM
Hymn: 451 Stricken, Smitten, and Afflicted  LSB 451
The Lesson Matthew 26:47–50
(Frist Candle is Extinguished)

THE CHURCH REJECTED HIM
Hymn: 420 Christ, the Life of All the Living  LSB 420
Response
The Lesson Matthew 26:59–66
(The Second Candle is Extinguished)

HIS COUNTRY OUTLAWED HIM
Hymn: 438 A Lamb Goes Uncomplaining Forth sts. 1–2  LSB 438
The Lesson Luke 23:1–12
(The Third Candle is Extinguished)

THE WORLD'S SYSTEM ELIMINATED HIM
Hymn: 450 O Sacred Head, Now Wounded sts. 1–2  LSB 450
Response
The Lesson Mark 15:6–15
(The Fourth Candle is Extinguished)

GOD FORSOOK HIM
Hymn: 450 O Sacred Head, Now Wounded sts. 3–7  LSB 450
The Lesson Matthew 27:32–46
(The Fifth Candle is Extinguished)

(The bell is tolled as a reminder that God forsook him)

HE DIED
Hymn: 456 Were You There sts. 1–3  LSB 456
Response
The Lesson Luke 23:46–49
(The Sixth Candle is Extinguished)

HE WAS BURIED
Hymn: 453 Upon the Cross Extended sts. 1, 5, 7  LSB 453
Response
The Lesson John 19:31–42
(Seventh candle removed from the sanctuary)

(A Loud Sound is Heard)

The "strepitus" (pronounced STREP-ee-toose) means "loud noise" and is signified by the slamming of a book or door toward the conclusion of the Good Friday Tenebrae Service ("Service of Darkness"). The "loud noise" symbolizes the earth shaking and rocks splitting (Matt. 27:51) at Jesus' death, and foreshadows the "violent earthquake" (Matt. 28:2) at the opening of Jesus' tomb on Easter morning. These loud noises are recounted for us only in Matthew's Gospel.

(Seventh candle is returned to the sanctuary, it remains lit)

Lord's Prayer Whispered

(Congregation Departs in Silence)
There is no postlude.
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