Maundy Thursday

The Maundy Thursday service has evolved from the ancient Christian Good Friday service of tenebrae. The word "tenebrae" comes from the Latin meaning "darkness." Traditionally, the service emphasizes the darkness of gradually diminishing light through the extinguishing of candles to symbolize the events of that week from the triumphant Palm Sunday entry through Jesus' burial. 

The increasing darkness symbolized the approaching darkness of Jesus' death and of hopelessness in the world without God. The service concluded in darkness, sometimes with a final candle, the Christ candle, carried out of the sanctuary, symbolizing the death of Jesus. A loud noise might also sound symbolizing the closing of Jesus' tomb. The worshipers would then leave in silence to ponder the impact of Christ's death and await the coming Resurrection.

In our Maundy Thursday service, the hammering of nails into the cross emphasizes the profound suffering and sacrifice of Christ that reconciles us to our holy God.