Lenten Tenebrae Service, 4/11

by Jaci Wendel '17 | Mar 24, 2017



DeSales University’s Campus Ministry will holds its annual Tenebrae service on Tuesday, April 11, at Connelly Chapel at 7 p.m. All members of the DeSales community and the public are invited to attend.

Held during Holy Week, the evening prayer service introduces the three sacred and solemn days of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. The Easter Triduum is, according to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the summit of the Liturgical Year that unfolds for us Christ’s Paschal Mystery.

The reflective and penitential mood is complemented by the singing of psalms, chants and readings from the Book of Lamentations. Music will be provided by the DeSales University Schola Cantorum along with members of the DSU Chorale and Liturgical Choir.

Senior theology and philosophy major Gina Galassi, who will be attending Tenebrae for the fourth year in a row, says, “Tenebrae is a beautiful prayer service that allows us to follow the Lord more closely into Holy Week. Through reflecting on Scripture and gradually extinguishing candles until the chapel is in darkness, we are able to delve more deeply into the mystery of Christ’s passion and death, thereby preparing our hearts ever more fully for his triumph over darkness as the Light of the World on Easter Sunday.”

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