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Please join us for our our presentation of this Lenten service featuring works by Rorem, Byrd, Tavener, Poulenc. Allegri, Victoria, Ingegneri, Handel, and Bruckner.

Tenebrae, Latin for “darkness,” or “shadows,” is the title given to the Divine Office when it is celebrated during the Paschal Triduum. The title is derived from the responsory Tenebrae factae sunt, “It was made dark,” which refers to the eclipse that occurred during the crucifixion. Over the years, Tenebrae developed into its own, independent service typically celebrated during Holy Week in the evening. Candles are lit on a large candelabra called a hearse, and are extinguished one by one as the service progresses. The last candle, representative of Christ, is not extinguished but is instead removed from sight after the last motet. The Strepitus, or “loud noise” that then occurs is representative of the earthquake that took place when Christ died. It continues until the candle reappears and then ceases. The ministers and choir then recess in silence, concluding the service.

Sunday, March 24, 2024 | 5:30 pm 

Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Parish

909 E Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 85034

Tuesday, March 26, 2024 | 7:00 pm

St. Mary’s Basilica

231 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004


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