5:30 PM High Altar
This service was originally webcast on April 16, 2014. The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys sang under the direction of John Scott, our then Organist and Director of Music.
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|
|Plainsong||Psalms for Tenebrae|
|Plainsong||The Lamentations of Jeremiah|
|Anthem||Christus factus est, by Felice Anerio (c. 1560-1614)|
|Psalm 51||Miserere mei, by Gregorio Allegri (1582-1652)|