Holy Wednesday

The Gospel reading at Mass every Holy Wednesday is about when Judas agrees with the chief priests to betray Jesus for thirty pieces of silver. Judas now looks for a chance to turn him in. Jesus’ Passion is at hand. Traditionally, Catholics have practiced a prayer service called Tenebrae, which means ‘darkness’ or ‘shadow’. This service has taken on different forms over the centuries.  One common form consists of Scripture readings that begin with the betrayal of Judas and ends with Jesus’ burial in the tomb.  Obviously, the mood is somber.  It is a form of funeral observance for Jesus. There are a few versions of this service below.

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Ideas for Celebrating at Home

Tenebrae (full version)

Tenebrae (short version)