Tenebrae


Communion Bread
No one serves communion in the dark church tonight.

The bread waits in its linen veil

So that each must rend the body with our own hands.

It lies vulnerable to us,

Receives our greedy hands

and tearing nails.

“The Kingdom of God comes by violence and violent people lay hold of it.”

A great darkness came over all the earth.

The veil was torn.

He entered our deepest darkness

That we might discover his light.

Carlene Hill Byron, Good Friday 2017

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About Carlene Hill Byron

The former editor of New England Church Life and The New England Christian, Carlene Hill Byron is enjoying being home in Maine after 20 years in North Carolina. She is a member of the Redbud Writers Guild. Find her at christianpurposeblog.wordpress.com, churchandmentalillness.wordpress.com and on Facebook at MyHouseHasHistory.
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