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Wednesday, 25 March 2020 06:10
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James Hunt from Rayton:
The Premier Mine Presbyterian Church has a service every year on Maundy Thursday – the last Thursday before the Easter weekend. This year it falls on 9 April.

Last year the service was conducted by reverend Frikkie Botha and was well attended. The service is the reproduction of an old tradition of the Tenebrae Service and is extremely interesting. Everybody that attended this service was humbled and impressed.


Reverend Frikkie Botha

Reverend Botha prepared a brief history of the purpose of the service: “The service of Tenebrae, meaning ‘darkness’ or ‘shadows’ has been practiced by the church since medieval times.”

“It is a prolonged meditation on Christ’s suffering. Readings trace the history of Christ’s passion and the power of silence and darkness suggests the drama of this momentous day. As lights are extinguished, we ponder the depth of Christ’s suffering and death; we remember the cataclysmic nature of his sacrifice; and through the return of the small but persistent flame of the Christ candle at the conclusion of the service, we anticipate the joy of ultimate victory.”

 

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