Lenten Tenebrae Service, 3/22

by Tom McNamara | Mar 14, 2016



DeSales University will hold a traditional Tenebrae service on Tuesday, March 22, at Connelly Chapel at 7:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The service is designed as a segue from Lent into the Paschal Triduum of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday, and serves to help in spiritual preparation for Easter.

“Tenebrae is a wonderful opportunity to enter into the mystery, yet the reality, of Holy Week and to contemplate the consequences of Christ’s victory over darkness,” said University Chaplain Fr. Tim McIntire, OSFS

The University’s Schola Cantorum will provide music for the service, which incorporates the extinguishing of candles and reverent silence to embody the sorrow of Good Friday.

Tenebrae, which translates to “shadows” in Latin, began in medieval monasteries, and regained popularity in the 1900’s, according to Encyclopedia Britannica. This is the third year the University has hosted the event.

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