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The Office of Tenebrae

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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

Psalm: 69:1-22

Psalm: 70

Psalm: 74

Lessons 1,2,&3: Lamentations of Jeremiah 1:1-14, Plainsong

Psalm: 63:1-9

The Song of Moses: Exodus 15:1-18

Psalm: 150

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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