CATHOLIC TENEBRAE SERVICE PDF

From the Office of Holy Week The candles are extinguished as the psalms are read, it seems one an hour. It said that one candle remaind lit I guess before matches? The word came from the French herse, ultimately from the Latin herpex harrow. The Hearse here is the same word that we commonly associate today with any receptacle holding the coffin. Originally in Ancient times, Hearses were wooden or metal framework that stood over a coffin and supported the pall.

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From the Office of Holy Week The candles are extinguished as the psalms are read, it seems one an hour. It said that one candle remaind lit I guess before matches? The word came from the French herse, ultimately from the Latin herpex harrow. The Hearse here is the same word that we commonly associate today with any receptacle holding the coffin. Originally in Ancient times, Hearses were wooden or metal framework that stood over a coffin and supported the pall.

It had numerous prickets used to hold candles that resembles the teeth of the harrow, so thus it was called hearse. The one candle is representative of Our Lord. It being hidden is perhaps a symbol that His glory is eclipsed by the Sufferings He endured during the Passion.

He that is the Light of the World is stripped of His honors. All his disciples abandoned Him, like how the other candles were extinguished, leaving the Christ candle alone.

It is placed on the Altar, signifying His Death. During this the whole congregation making noise thing happens and the whole Church is in darkness to commemorate the three-hour darkness and the earthquake. Then it was taken back to the Altar to symbolize His triumph over death by dying in anticipation of Easter and the whole congregation keeps silence and pays homage to the Conqueror of sin and death.

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Into the darkness of Good Friday: The ancient liturgy of Tenebrae

Essentially it consists of chanting the Liturgy of the Hours on the final three days of Lent. The mood of the celebration focuses on the death of Jesus and is consequently very mournful. The final candle, representing Christ, is not extinguished but usually hidden behind the altar after the last of the Scripture readings. The liturgy ends in silence and the last candle is either kept hidden or brought back into view. The faithful leave in silence and the mood is again very mournful, reflecting on the death of Christ and the darkness that covered the world on Good Friday. It is a beautiful part of Holy Week that immerses the Christian faithful into the death of Christ and makes the lighting of candles at the Easter Vigil even more dramatic.

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Tenebrae for Holy Week - Back by Popular Demand

The booklets contain everything needed for the prayers and chants of the Tenebrae Service. During the Matins on Good Friday, one by one, the candles are extinguished in the Church, leaving the congregation in total darkness, and in a silence that is punctuated by the strepitus a loud clatter intended to evoke the earthquake that was said to happen at the moment of death meant to evoke the convulsion of nature at the death of Christ. It has also been described as the sound of the tomb door closing. As the Traditional Tenebrae services are intimidating for smaller parishes approximately 2 hours of singing , Monsignor Martin B. Hellriegel, created a modified Tenebrae Service for parishes. He maintains the entire structure of the service, but shortens the readings and psalms.

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Original form[ edit ] In the Roman Catholic Church , "Tenebrae" is the name given to the celebration, with special ceremonies, of matins and lauds , the first two hours of the Divine Office of each of the last three days of Holy Week. In the Roman rite of the Catholic Church Tenebrae was celebrated in all churches with a sufficient number of clergy until the liturgical reforms of Pope Pius XII in the s. The traditions regarding this service go back at least to the ninth century. He restored the Easter Vigil as a night office, moving that Easter liturgy from Holy Saturday morning to the following night and likewise moved the principal liturgies of Holy Thursday and Good Friday from morning to afternoon or evening.

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It involves extinguishing candles one by one as Christ goes through his passion. This adaptation of the Liturgy of Tenebrae works well in schools and has an impact on pupils. It can be dramatic and different and provides a good alternative to Mass for ending the term before Easter. Texts for Tenebrae are provided below. The prayers are written for secondary school pupils and may need rewriting for younger children. Seven readings and the liturgy set out below with a large congregation has a running time of comfortably under 1-hour.

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