The Office of Tenebrae

Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Wednesday In Holy Week
5:30 PM


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.

OfficiantThe Rector
PreacherThe Rt. Rev. & Rt. Hon. Rowan Williams
Sung byThe Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys
Psalm69:1-22 (Plainsong)
Psalm70 (Plainsong)
Psalm74, Plainsong
Lessons 1, 2 & 3Lamentations of Jeremiah 1:1-14, Plainsong
Psalm63:1-9 (Plainsong)
The Song of MosesExodus 15:1-18
Psalm150, Plainsong
CanticleBenedictus Dominus Deus, Plainsong
MotetChristus factus est, by Anton Bruckner (1824-1896)
Psalm 51Miserere mei, Deus, Gregorio Allegri (1582-1652)