First Methodist Church To Present ‘Service Of Darkness’


The Chancel Choir of Burbank First United Methodist Church will present Dale Wood’s moving and well-known “Service of Darkness” on Good Friday.

The Service of Darkness commemorates the death of Christ, and is patterned after the ancient service of Tenebrae which represented the darkness that fell over the earth as the Son of God was crucified.

Seven choral meditations are based on the seven last words from the cross. With each meditation, candles in a darkened church are progressively extinguished until only a vigil candle sheds its glow as
a symbol of the coming Resurrection.

Performances of this dramatic choral work for Holy Week have become an annual tradition in countless churches throughout the United States and abroad. Published in 1962, it remains one of the most widely performed choral services each year during the Lenten season.

The chancel choir is directed by Roger Lamb and accompanied on organ by Dr. Euny Kim. Dr. Wayne Walters and the Rev. Heather Blackstone will serve as liturgists for the service.

Everyone is invited and welcome to “The Service of Darkness.”  The Good Friday Tenebrae Service will be held in the church sanctuary.  Burbank First United Methodist Church is located at 700 N. Glenoaks Blvd., across the street from Burbank High School.  Child care will be available. For further information please call the church office at 818-845-1531.