What is Tenebrae?

candle_in_dark11The word “Tenebrae” comes from the Latin word for “darkness” or “shadows”. In another age, monks chanted the ancient psalms and lamentations in the darkness of night or very early morning hours. These early offices (Matins and Lauds) of the Sacred Triduum (Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter) later began to be anticipated the evenings before Maundy Thursday and Good Friday of Holy Week.

In keeping with this tradition, we have invited a small schola, under the direction of Cindy FitzGerald, to lead us in a Tenebrae service on Monday 21 March at 7pm.

The evening will be marked by the gradual extinction of candles, culminating in the “strepitus”, a loud noise symbolizing the earthquake described in the passion narratives.

Along with offering various ancient motets, the guest schola will lead us in singing early chants, contemporary settings of select psalms, and in traditional hymns of the Lenten season.

Please come and join in this music filled evening of song and prayer. All are welcome.