Live! Tenebrae Service from the Cathedral Basilica of St. Peter in Chains, March 31 at 7:30 p.m. EDT
The ancient service of Tenebrae will take place at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Peter in Chains at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 31.
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The Office of Tenebrae is a religious service of Western Christianity held during Holy Week, and characterized by gradual extinguishing of candles, and by a “strepitus” or “loud noise” taking place in total darkness near the end of the service.
Tenebrae (“shadows” or “darkness”) is a Holy Week service that is at least 1,000 years old. Originally held in after midnight but later held at a variety of times, Tenebrae would be sung each day of the Triduum in a church lit only by 15 candles. These were extinguished one
The Ancient Office of Tenebrae will be sung by the Latin Choir at Old St. Mary’s Church in Over-the-Rhine. This sung service features readings and hymns. Candles are gradually extinguished until the church is in darkness (“tenebrae” means “shadows”). The solemn service recalls the Passion of Christ.
One of the best attended events of the year, the Ancient Office of Tenebrae features Gregorian chants and sublime choral music of Holy Week including the Lamentations of Jeremiah and Allegri’s Miserere sung by the Choir of Saint Peter in Chains Cathedral. No tickets required. Free-will offerings accepted