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Maundy Thursday Service

April 6, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT

Agnus Dei, detail of Communion table in Shadyside Presbyterian Church. Photograph by Ellen L. Allston.
Photograph: Detail of the Communion table in the chancel of Shadyside Presbyterian Church depicting the Agnus Dei. Table design by Charles Marcus Osborn, 1938. Photograph taken by Ellen L. Allston.

On Maundy Thursday, April 6, our observance of Holy Week continues in a Tenebrae service with Communion at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary and online, during which the Reverend Austin Crenshaw Shelley will preach. The service includes the Lord’s Supper and musical offerings by soprano Jennifer LaRocco and Chatham Baroque.

Note: Our service of worship at 7:00 p.m. on Maundy Thursday, April 6, will incorporate a celebration of the Sacrament of Communion, both on-site and online. Please read the invitation, which explains options for those joining us on-site and suggestions for preparation for those joining us at home.

The Service of Tenebrae, meaning “darkness” or “shadows,” has been practiced by the Church in Holy Week since medieval times. Readings trace the encircling shadows around Christ as He agonized in the garden and was deserted, betrayed, denied, accused, and crucified. Gradually the candles are extinguished, symbolizing His abandonment, condemnation, and suffering. We end in darkness and leave in silence, remembering the somber events of this night.

For the well-being of our congregation and our community, the church has established health and safety precautions to minimize risk for those attending our gatherings. To better prepare you for what to expect as you attend on-site worship, you may learn more here.

If you cannot gather with us for worship in person, we hope you will gather with us in spirit by joining us remotely through our live worship webcast. Visit the live webcast page of the church website to access the worship video. Other worship documents, including the bulletin (.pdf format), also may be accessed from the live webcast page or the worship archive.

We thank you for your patience, understanding, and support. Please feel free to contact the church office should you have any questions.

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April 6, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
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Shadyside Presbyterian Church
5121 Westminster Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15232 United States
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