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Wednesday, April 17, 2019
5:30 pm High Altar
This service anticipates the monastic offices for the last three days of Holy Week. Tenebrae means "shadows" and refers to the gradual extinguishing of candles and lights as the service proceeds, until only one candle remains.
As the people enter the church before the service begins, they see in the chancel seven candles glowing brightly. The altar candles, too, are lit, though the candles are made of non-bleached beeswax, just as we use at funerals.
Sung by: The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys
Lessons 1,2,&3: Lamentations of Jeremiah 1:1-14, Plainsong
The Song of Moses: Exodus 15:1-18
Canticle: Benedictus Dominus Deus, Plainsong
Motet: Christus factus est, Anton Bruckner (1824-1896)
Psalm 51: Miserere mei, Deus, Gregorio Allegri (1582-1652)
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