I am excited for our parish to have a Tenebrae (the Latin word for “darkness” or “shadows”) service during Holy Week this year. The service of shadows consists of Psalms and Readings which reflect on the sacrifice Jesus made for us. Held in candlelight, the candles are gradually extinguished until the church is in darkness. At the very end, a loud noise is made banging a hymnal against a pew. Called the strepitus, this sound symbolizes the earthquake at the time of the resurrection (Matthew 28:2). All depart in silence.