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In Calvary's Shadow: A Tenebrae Service

By Victor C Johnson

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SAB choir and piano (with optional instrumental accompaniment)
Composed by Victor C Johnson. Cantatas. Holy Week, Sacred. Choral score. Lorenz Publishing Company #55/1143L. Published by Lorenz Publishing Company (LO.55-1143L).

Item Number: LO.55-1143L

Holy Week, Sacred.

In Calvary's Shadow is a deeply moving service of penitence and forgiveness. With elegant simplicity, it invites the faithful to experience Jesus' journey from betrayal through crucifixion with a tightly woven tapestry of dramatic scripture readings, vocal solos and congregational singing, and arrangements of spirituals and gospel hymns, as well as newly composed music by celebrated composer Victor Johnson. Central to both the title and the liturgy is the ritual extinguishing of seven candles, leaving the church in total darkness except for the Christ Candle. After a period of quiet meditation while sitting "in Calvary's shadow," God's people exit the church in silence. Approximately 30 minutes long, this dramatic Tenebrae service is perfect for incorporation into regular Holy Week worship. Quickly and easily prepared, it can be performed with or without simple staging and costumes, and the readings can be performed by one reader or by up to five readers.

  • Go To Dark Gethsemane 
  • Thy Will Be Done 
  • 'Tis Midnight 
  • There Is A Fountain 
  • Surely, He Hath Borne Our Griefs 
  • He Never Said A Mumbalin' Word 
  • Behold the Savior of the World 
  • Were You There? 
  • First Reading – Agony – Luke 22:39-44 
  • Second Reading – Betrayal – Matthew 26:45-56 
  • Third Reading – Witness – Mark 14:53-65 
  • Fifth Reading – Forgiveness – Mark 15:16-18; Luke 23:26-28, 32-34 
  • Fourth Reading – Judgment – Mark 15:1-15 
  • Sixth Reading – Crucifixion – Mark 15:25-26, 29-32 
  • Seventh Reading – Death – Matthew 27:45-54; Luke 24:46 
  • Dismissal Blessing and Lord’s Prayer 

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