The Office of Tenebrae

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015
5:30 pm High Altar



O Lord God, whose blessed Son our Savior gave his back to the smiters and hid not his face from shame: Grant us grace to take joyfully the sufferings of the present time, in full assurance of the glory that shall be revealed; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The choir enters at the beginning of Tenebrae. The candles in the hearse are all aglow. They will be extinguised one by one, until only one is left.

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.

Officiant: Fr Turner

Sung by: The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys

Psalm: 69:1-22, Plainsong

Psalm: 70, Plainsong

Psalm: Psalm 74

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

Psalm: 63:1-9, Plainsong

Exodus 15:1-18: Plainsong

Psalm 150: Plainsong

Canticle: Benedictus Dominus Deus, Plainsong

Motet: Christus factus est, Felice Anerio (c. 1560-1614)

Psalm 51: Miserere mei, Deus, Gregorio Allegri (1582-1652)


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