As we anxiously await warmer weather, the season of Lent, that time in the Christian year when we prepare our hearts and minds for Jesus' death and resurrection, is drawing to a close.
On Thursday, March 29, we will conclude our observance of Lent with the service of Tenebrae. The word Tenebrae comes from the Latin word for shadows. This is an ancient service of light and darkness. It has been updated and adapted for our students, who remember this service from year to year.
The service begins in the dark with a large candelabra of 11 candles. As we walk with Jesus to the cross and remember his suffering through readings and silence, a candle is put out until just one is left. At the moment of Jesus' death, the last candle is removed from the room and we sit in silence and darkness. However, this is not the end. The light returns to remind us that God's love can defeat even death and darkness. The preschool-kindergarten students will do their remembering in an age-appropriate way at 8:15 a.m. in the Music room. At 2:30 p.m., the rest of the school will gather in the gym to remember.
After this solemn tradition, the next time we gather for Chapel is on April 5, at 9:45 am, to celebrate Easter with Holy Communion. The new Bishop of Delaware, the Rt. Rev. Kevin Brown will be our celebrant and preacher. Having packed up our "alleluias" for the season of Lent, we will celebrate Jesus' victory over death and also try to sing every song with the "A" word in it.
Please join us!
March 29th 8:15 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. PS-K Tenebrae Service (Music Room)
March 29th 2:30 p.m. - 3:10 p.m. 1st - 8th Grade Tenebrae Service (Gym)
April 5th 9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. All School Chapel Holy Communion for Easter (Gym)