Wednesday In Holy Week
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.
Tonight’s address by The Rt. Rev. & Rt. Hon. Rowan Williams takes place at 5:30pm, with the Office of Tenebrae immediately following.
|Preacher||The Rt. Rev. & Rt. Hon. Rowan Williams|
|Sung by||The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys|
|Lessons 1, 2 & 3||Lamentations of Jeremiah 1:1-14, Plainsong|
|The Song of Moses||Exodus 15:1-18|
|Canticle||Benedictus Dominus Deus, Plainsong|
|Motet||Christus factus est|
|Psalm 51||Miserere mei, Deus, Gregorio Allegri (1582-1652)|