Tenebrae is back at the Seminary this year in Christ the King Chapel! All are welcome to join the Seminarians at this annual tradition beginning at 5:30 am on Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday.
The word ‘tenebrae’ is Latin for gloom/shadows and is the name given to the service of Matins and Lauds belonging to the last three days of Holy Week. The tone of the whole Office is most noticeably mournful: the lessons taken from the Lamentations of Jeremiah, the omission of the Gloria Patri, of the Te Deum, and of blessings etc., so the darkness of these services seems to have been designedly chosen to mark the Church’s desolation. The Tenebrae service recreates the emotional aspects of the passion narrative (the betrayal, abandonment, and agony) and it is left unfinished, because the passion narrative isn’t over until Easter Day.