TENEBRAE 2016: Photos

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Today I received photos from a favorite place of mine, Wyoming Catholic College.  Prof. Peter Kwasniewski writes:

Last night we held our fifth consecutive Tenebrae service at Wyoming Catholic College. (We always sing, in full, the traditional Tenebrae for Holy Thursday on Wednesday night. It lasts for about 2 1/2 hours. The faithful sing all the Psalms and antiphons with the Schola.)

Not only is Tenebrae itself hauntingly beautiful, but it is apparently attractive as well. Each year, our schola of singers has grown (it was twice as large in 2016 as it was in 2012), and the congregation of the faithful has grown, too (it was easily four times as many as the first time we did it). Students, faculty, parishioners and local families all come out for it now.

The Church’s tradition gives us such tremendous resources. If only we would use them, we would be doing the new evangelization in earnest.

Here are a couple photos.

Tenebrae 2016 (1)

And at the end, perhaps just before the last Miserere or just after the “earthquake”.

Tenebrae 2015 (2)

Some people will ask what that big candelabra is called.  In English we refer to it as a “hearse”.  In Rome, however, it is called a “Barabbas”.  My friend Gregory DiPippo of NLM quipped: “In a similar vein, I decreed that the “parvum sustentaculum” which was introduced into the Easter vigil in the Pius XII Horror Week should be called the Caiphas.”

As you can tell, he isn’t a fan of the 1955 reform!

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  1. Dominicanes says:

    The Dominican “way” http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2009/04/tenebrae-at-blackfriars-oxford.html#.VvQ38UcjEb4
    No earthquake but really awesome preces. The Oratio Jeremiae takes the chantress about 10 minutes to sing…a century if she is a new sister! Somehow she even lives through it to tell the next generation!

  2. MarkJ says:

    No public Matins for me, but I had the distinct privilege of getting up early this morning and praying Matins and Lauds of Holy Thursday privately. A genuine Liturgical treat in private, it must be astounding when sung and with candles… Maybe next year!

  3. pseudomodo says:

    From the glow I, at first, thought the schola was using ipads (Codex Fabrica Electronicae ) to read the chants.

    On further inspection it appears to be small flashlights (Lumenae para repono altilium)

  4. APX says:

    I wish we could do Tenebræ, but we don’t really have the resources. We barely have a schola, and getting the congregation to sing the Credo antiphonally is like trying to put ear drops in Rottweiler with an ear infection. I can’t even imagine them singing the psalms and antiphons for Tenebræ.

  5. yatzer says:

    We had it, I love the singing, but don’t really understand the structure, in particular why are all the hours sung in the same service.

  6. Joseph-Mary says:

    Have enjoyed two of what will be three mornings of Tenebrae at the Colorado State University campus parish (St. John XXIII). Attendance is quite good for 6am with both students and year round parishioners. We have some talented cantors to lead us and are praying the psalms in chorus. Following that today, Good Friday, is confessions all day and a remarkable version of the stations of the Cross with each station having its own space. There are hands-on things at some stations and a booklet with mediations from Pope Benedict VI. We are blessed!

    I might add that this parish also brings priests from Denver so that we have both a TLM and a Byzantine liturgy every Sunday.

  7. Joseph-Mary says:

    Oops, that would be Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

  8. torch621 says:

    If I may ask, what was wrong with the 1955 reforms that your friend doesn’t like them?

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