Archival Recording of the 2014 Office of Tenebrae

Wednesday, April 8, 2020
5:30 PM High Altar Archival Recording of the 2014 Office of Tenebrae

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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 byThe Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys
PlainsongPsalms for Tenebrae
PlainsongThe Lamentations of Jeremiah
AnthemChristus factus est, by Felice Anerio (c. 1560-1614)
Psalm 51Miserere mei, by Gregorio Allegri (1582-1652)