What is Tenebrae?

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Tenebrae (from the Latin word for “darkness”) consists of the liturgical offices of Matins and Lauds (prayer during the night and morning prayer) for the last three days of Holy Week, generally anticipated the evening before Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. After each psalm (9 at Matins and 5 at Lauds) a candle is extinguished from the triangular candlestick called a hearse, leaving the church in darkness.

Gregorian Matins will be sung at Ss Peter & Paul and Philomena at 9am on Spy Wednesday, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.

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