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In Calvary's Shadow: A Tenebrae Service

By Victor C Johnson

SATB choir, piano
Composed by Victor C Johnson. Choral, cantatas. Sacred. Choral score. Lorenz Publishing Company #55/1142L. Published by Lorenz Publishing Company (LO.55-1142L).

Item Number: LO.55-1142L

ISBN 9781429122450.

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.

  • Thy Will Be Done 
  • There Is A Fountain 
  • Surely, He Hath Borne Our Griefs 
  • Go To Dark Gethsemane 
  • 'Tis Midnight 
  • Were You There? 
  • Behold the Savior of the World 
  • He Never Said A Mumbalin' Word 
  • First Reading – Agony – Luke 22:39-44 
  • Second Reading – Betrayal – Matthew 26:45-56 
  • Third Reading – Witness – Mark 14:53-65 
  • Fourth Reading – Judgment – Mark 15:1-15 
  • Fifth Reading – Forgiveness – Mark 15:16-18; Luke 23:26-28, 32-34 
  • 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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  • 5

    Saratoga, CA
    Difficulty Level:
    Early intermediate
  • February 26, 2012 In Calvary's Shadow

    For those who don't care for the "run of the mill" cantatas, this work is very good. It uses varied styles of music while at the same time keeping the sense of the Tenebrae Service.

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