This is Good Friday. For years I have participated in singing Tenebrae during the Triduum, usually at St. Agnes Church in St. Paul, MN (USA) where the liturgy and music is unrivaled. As a matter of fact I would usually leave Rome to go back there, because St. Agnes is not to be bested. However, this year I stayed.
I found a little church, staffed by the FSSP, where they sing Tenebrae. What I heard inspired me to make this rapid PODCAzT.
ALERT: I am very stuffed up today. I think it is a cold, rather than allergies.
Here is a photo at San Gregorio dei Muratori during Tenebrae:
During one of the readings I slide up to the rickety choir loft:
They used the Liber Usualis and everything was sung. The proper rubrics were observed. It was nearly precisely as I knew the service from both St. Agnes and monasteries I have been where the old ways are preserved with care. As a matter of fact, though I didn’t have a book with me, I could sing by heart the antiphons. As a matter of fact, the motto on my coat-of-arms is from the psalm used as the first antiphon for Tenebrae, Zelus domus tuae, which I chose purposely for its connection with Tenebrae.
Here is a shot from Tenebrae at St. Agnes with yours truly as celebrant.
The Church Universal spans both oceans and centuries.
These traditions from our vast treasury, our common patrimony, are not to be lost. As a matter of fact, many younger people are seeking them and reviving them. When and if the Holy Father derestricts the use of the older form of Missal, I think this process will accelerate… to everyone’s benefit.