Good Friday – Tenebrae Service

Today we remember the death of Jesus on the cross.

Prayer for Good Friday

Almighty Father,
look with mercy on this your family
for which our Lord Jesus Christ was content to be betrayed
and given up into the hands of sinners
and to suffer death upon the cross;
who is alive and glorified with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Tenebrae Service

Anthony White, one of our worship leaders has prepared a Tenebrae Service, he writes:-

Tenebrae was a medieval Office of Matins sung on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday of Holy Week. Tenebrae is the Latin word for darkness. In this adaptation, as we listen to the story of the last hours of Jesus’ life, candles are extinguished to symbolize the enveloping darkness. The music, Taizechants and songs and moments of silence attempt to mark the solemnity of the occasion and in response we find our voice in song and prayer. It is hoped that this service provides an opportunity for Easter reflection. 

The service is available both as a Powerpoint and as a PDF, please use whichever version is easiest for you. PowerPoint Version

PDF Version Tenebrae service

PowerPoint Version Tenebrae service


Service of Worship and Meditation

Bishop Philip with his wife Ruth have also recorded a service of worship and mediation for Good Friday and this can be found via the Truro Diocese webpage