An Introduction To Tenebrae Worship

Source: The Complete Library of Christian Worship, Robert E. Webber, General Editor

The word tenebrae means "darkness" and refers specifically to a service of worship in which the progressive extinguishing of candles represent the snuffing out of the life of Christ. It is becoming an increasingly popular devotion for Holy Week and is celebrated on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday of Holy Week.

The word tenebrae appears after the twelfth century and is used to refer to Matins and Lauds (prayers at dawn and sunset) on the last three days of Holy Week. These services were sung...


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