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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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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.

In his Tenebrae services approximately 45 minutes long , the Psalms are chanted in English according to simple Gregorian melodies and tones, yet some of the Latin and simple Greek Chants are provided i. Christus Factus Est. Monsignor Martin B. Hellriegel an Apostolic Protonotary, was one of the giants of the 20th century Liturgical Movement that Pope Pius X inspired.

Monsignor Hellrigel was influential in promoting liturgical reforms that Pope Pius XII had urged in Mediator Dei, his encyclical on the liturgy--in particular the restoration of the Easter Vigil and the participation of the congregation in the chants of the Mass. Legend says that the tree upon which Judas hanged himself was the "Cercis siliquastrum" -- a tree that is now known as the "Judas Tree.

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

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.

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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. In his Tenebrae services approximately 45 minutes long , the Psalms are chanted in English according to simple Gregorian melodies and tones, yet some of the Latin and simple Greek Chants are provided i.

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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.

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A custom that went back centuries, it acquired the name because of the mourning ritual surrounding the ceremony, which included a triangular stand with fifteen candles. These were put out one by one until, after the last candle was extinguished, a prayer was said in darkness, one candle was lighted, and the assembly dispersed in silence. 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.

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