Koloa Union Church celebrates the Holy Triduum — the Holy Three

The Chancel Choir at Koloa Union Church will be presenting “The Dark Hours” Tenebrae Service by Lani Smith, and directed by Joyce Anglemyer, Director of Music, on Maundy Thursday, April 5, at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary.

Although its origins are liturgical, all denominations are welcome to come and hear this dramatic and inspiring service.

Maundy Thursday is the beginning of the Holy Triduum, or the Holy Three, then comes Good Friday and the culmination in the joy of the resurrection on Easter Morning.

“Maundy” is an English form of the Latin word “mandatum,” which means commandment.

The overarching theme of the day is Jesus’ new commandment “to love one another even as I have loved you,” a love sharply focused by the contrast of the betrayal which followed the original Last Supper.

Jesus’ love is demonstrated both in his example of servanthood and in his gift of himself in Holy Communion.

Holy Communion will be celebrated as part of the service, led by Kahu Nani Hill.

The Maundy Thursday service ends in darkness and the stripping of the altar, only the light on the cross remains.

The cantata begins with “He Came as Light Into the World,” followed by five other selections telling of The Hours in the Upper Room, The Hours in Gethsemane; The Hours of Arrest and Trial; The Hours at Calvary and ending with The Hours in the Tomb.

“Take Your Rest, Dear Jesus,” is sung by the Chancel Choir at the end of the service. The Chancel Choir will be accompanied by Joyce Anglemyer, Organist/Director.

Easter Sunday the Chancel Choir will be accompanied by the Handbell Choir.

Visitors to the island wishing to sing with the Choir on Easter Sunday are asked to call Joyce Anglemyer at 245-2903.

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