Posted by: ioannespaulus | March 26, 2010

Coming soon… Tenebrae on Good Friday (2 Apr 2010)

Image Source: Dominicans at Blackfriars, Oxford -

Hello everyone!

Tenebrae, also known as the Office of Darkness, is a special liturgical event whereby Matins and Lauds (Office of Readings and Morning Prayer) are combined together and sung at night. This is treated as a sort of funeral service in commemoration of the death of Our Lord Jesus Christ. The Psalms and the readings will be chanted. There is a triangular stand with several candles, and each candle is extinguished at the end of each reading. At the end of the service, all the candles, except the highest one, will remain lit. A server will then proceed to hide that lit candle.

After which, all present will make the great noise by banging on the pews and stomping their feet on the floor – to symbolise the earthquake that happened after Our Lord died. Following which, the server will return to reveal the lit candle to all present that Christ will come again.

It’s really beautiful and awesome, and not to be missed.

Details as follows:

Date: Good Friday, 2 April 2010
Time: 8.30pm
Venue: SJI International Chapel, 490 Thomson Road

[Click here to view map]

Here are some tenebrae videos done in other parts of the world:

This beautiful reading will also be chanted. It’s known as the Lamentation of Jeremiah.

This is the great noise and the revelation of the candle at the end. You can’t really see much, but at least you can hear something:

Hope to see you there!

God bless!


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