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. The readings can be performed by one reader or by up to six readers, representing Jesus, a priest, Caiphas, Pilate, a Roman Centurion, and a narrator. For a special touch, parts are available for a flexible and lightly scored instrumental ensemble.
Composed by Victor C. Johnson
Instrumentation by Larry Shackley
Performance time: approximately 30 minutes
SATB Choral Book - item 9781429122450
Accompaniment CD - item 000308126853
Bulk Performance CDs - item 000308126846
Instrumental Ensemble Score and Parts - item 000308126839
Part-dominant Rehearsal CDs (reproducible) - item 000308127201
SATB Score with CD - item 9781429122474