Good Friday is the solemn commemoration of the Lord’s suffering and death on the cross. Our remembrance of Jesus’ death, while solemn, is not a message of gloom, but a service of adoration of the Son of God as he gives up his life. We gather to celebrate the sacrifice of the cross. So we remember his passion, but do so with a triumphant note—for we know in his resurrection, Christ has conquered sin, death, and the devil. Tenebræ (ten’ eh bray) is an ancient rite of the Church. The Latin word “tenebræ” means “darkness.” During this service the candles will be extinguished and lights will be progressively dimmed. This service is a time for prayerful meditation. There are moments of extended silence for meditation on the magnitude of Christ’s sacrificial love.