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Maundy Thursday Service

March 28 @ 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, March 28, 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 Gail Roup and Chatham Baroque.

Note: Our service of worship at 7:00 p.m. on Maundy Thursday, March 28, 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.

Live Worship Webcast

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.

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March 28
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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