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Holy Week: Tenebrae Services Set for Augusta, Biddeford, Cape Elizabeth, Greenville, Lewiston and Windham

PORTLAND---Tenebrae services are scheduled for Holy Week in Augusta, Biddeford, Cape Elizabeth, Greenville, Lewiston, and Windham, and all are welcome to attend any of the gatherings.

Tenebrae (Latin word meaning “darkness”) is a service that grew out of a combination of night prayer and early morning prayer, with an additional focus on the commemoration of the Passion of our Lord.

The most significant feature of the service is the gradual extinguishing of the lights and candles around the altar. As it gets darker and darker, the community reflects on the great emotional and physical pain that was very real for Jesus during his Passion.

The schedule of Tenebrae services during Holy Week is as follows (alphabetically by town/city):

Augusta
Monday, April 15, at 7 p.m.
St. Mary of the Assumption Church
41 Western Avenue

Biddeford
Thursday, April 18, at 9:30 p.m.
St. Anne Chapel of St. Joseph Church
178 Elm Street
(Service follows the Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7 p.m. and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament which will continue in the chapel until 9:30 p.m.)

Cape Elizabeth
Monday, April 15, at 7 p.m.
St. Bartholomew Church
8 Two Lights Road

Greenville
Wednesday, April 17, at 7 p.m.
Holy Family Church
145 Pritham Avenue

Lewiston
Monday, April 15, at 7:35 p.m.
Holy Family Church
607 Sabattus Street

Windham
Monday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church
919 Roosevelt Trail

A special Holy Week section is now available on the Diocese of Portland website that includes Mass times at all Maine parishes, listings of parish events, daily prayers and reflections, and many other resources.

In addition, pictures and videos from many Masses, services, and events throughout Holy Week will be posted here on the diocesan website, the diocesan Facebook page, and the diocesan Twitter page.