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    Ward Church Featured 1 month ago


    April 1 and 2, Thursday and Friday 
    7:30 p.m.
    Sanctuary + Live Stream

    Service of Shadows (or “Tenebrae,” meaning shadows) originates from the 8th century and traditionally was celebrated by Christians on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of Holy Week, which is the week preceding Easter Sunday. It represents the darkness that fell over the earth as the Son of God was crucified.

    Ward’s rendition of this ancient practice is a dramatic presentation, in which candles are progressively extinguished until only one remains. All the words spoken during the service are taken directly from Scripture. Candles symbolize Christ, who is our Light and the Light of the World. The use of candlelight in a darkened church dramatically portrays the fading light of the world as Christ was leaving it.

    Childcare for infants through age 8 will be available with pre-registration:



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