Taken from the Latin word signifying “darkness” or “shadows”, “Tenebrae factae sunt”, means “darkness came over the whole land” (Mark 15:33, Matthew 27:45, Luke 23:44). Tenebrae evokes a somber mood which is not dispelled until Holy Week concludes in the Great Vigil of Easter. The appointed Psalms, lessons, and prayers form a prolonged contemplation of the events of Jesus’ last days, beginning with the Last Supper, reliving the betrayal, abandonment, judgment, death, and ending with his burial. These terrors are amplified by the extinguishing of candles until the end, when one light is left burning providing an obscure hint of the promised Resurrection. At the liturgy’s end, the ministers and people depart silently through the shadows cast by the solitary flame.

Wednesday, April 12th @ 6pm

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *