TENEBRAE – Where? When?

We must all work in a concerted effort to revive the singing of all of Tenebrae, whole and entire, from the older, traditional Office. Not some truncated version of ditties and so forth, as if it were Advent Lessons and Carols in Lent. The whole meghilla, to use a season appropriate word.

Do you know where the offices of Tenebrae are being sung?

I know that my home parish of St. Agnes in St. Paul, MN has Tenebrae on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9:30 and there are confessions.

I just read at Regina that Tenebrae is to be held at St Mary Moorfield’s in London at 9 pm, Wednesday to Friday in Holy week. There are also services at Birmingham Oratory. I’ll be the London Oratory will sing Tenebrae.

How about you? Do you know of other Tenebrae services? The whole thing?

Frankly, the Responses alone make you die inside.

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  1. Nicholas says:

    Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, CA.

    9:30 PM Well attended

  2. Elizabeth D says:

    I am not sure it is the 100% authentic version (I am not sure I even know what the 100% authentic version is), but we have a wonderful Tenebrae with Bishop Morlino at the Cathedral Parish of the Diocese of Madison, WI, 7:30 PM Wednesday at Saint Patrick Church on East Main Street downtown. It is actually the Liturgy of the Hours. It definitely involves darkness and a great earthquake.

  3. Mary Jane says:

    Mater Dei Parish (FSSP) in Irving, TX. Tenebrae on both Wednesday and Good Friday at 7:30pm. On Wednesday, we will also sing Allegri’s Miserere Mei Deus. On Good Friday, most of the responsories will be the polyphonic versions.

  4. eschera says:

    St Timothy’s in Lutz, Florida on Maundy Thursday at 10pm. I believe it’s the 100% version. I’m thankful our pastor has an interest. He had kneelers installed in our sanctuary after he arrived!

  5. choirlady says:

    Tenebrae is celebrated at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in Northeast D.C., at 7:30 Wednesday. “Tenebrae” is an ancient service of psalms and readings celebrated as part of Holy Week. At the Franciscan Monastery, the “Suspicious Cheese Lords,” a group dedicated to the preservation of early music from the Middle Ages, unrecorded works of Renaissance composers, and Gregorian chant, will offer the musical reflection for this service.

  6. FrPhillips says:

    Since the year of our founding (1983) Our Lady of the Atonement in San Antonio, Texas, has had full Tenebrae for the three nights.

  7. Marlon says:

    Oratory of Saints Gregory and Augustine in St. Louis County. Tenebrae on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 am.

  8. Will Elliott says:

    Our Lady of the Atonement in San Antonio, the founding parish for the Anglican Use within the Latin Rite, will host Tenebrae on Spy Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday evenings.

  9. btb says:

    Holy Rosary of Indianapolis, Indiana:

    Spy Wednesday, 6:30 PM – Tenebrae of Holy Thursday
    Good Friday, 9:00 AM – Tenebrae of Good Friday
    Holy Saturday, 9:00 AM – Tenebrae of Holy Saturday

    It is beautifully sung; prayerful, poignant and powerful.

  10. Montenegro says:

    In Brisbane, QLD, Australia, at the Oratory in Formation, Tenebrae will be sung on Good Friday at 7:30 PM at Mary Immaculate Church, 616 Ipswich Road, Annerley, Brisbane, QLD Australia 4103

    In Sydney, NSW, Australia, at Maternal Heart of Mary Parish (run by the FSSP), Tenebrae will be sung on Good Friday at 7 PM. Charles O’Neill Way, Lewisham NSW 2049

  11. karmato says:

    9:00 AM Holy Saturday
    Shrine of Christ The King
    6400 S Kimbark Ave (The upper room)
    Chicago, Illinois

  12. Grateful to be Catholic says:

    Washington, DC, St. Thomas Apostle Church, Oratory of St. Philip Neri in Formation: Holy Saturday at 10 am. Also at the Dominican House of Studies, Wednesday. 7:30 pm.

  13. kbf says:

    Westminster Cathedral at 10am and also the Brompton Oratory (London) and Oxford Oratory, times on their websites.

  14. jaykay says:

    Dublin Latin Mass Chaplaincy, St. Kevin’s, Harrington St., Dublin – Spy Wednesday at 7. p.m.

  15. (X)MCCLXIII says:

    St Walburge, Preston: http://www.stwalburge.org/forthcoming-events/

    9 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

  16. (X)MCCLXIII says:

    Ss Peter, Paul, & Philomena, New Brighton: http://domeofhome.org/locations/dome_of_home/

    9 a.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday

  17. Joseph-Mary says:

    First time at St. John XXIII campus parish in Fort Collins, CO. This Th, F, S at 6 am. Organized by the talented Religious Ed teacher and a music major from the Iniversity.

  18. Kerry says:

    At St. Wenceslaus in Tabor, South Dakota, 0830 hours on Good Friday and Holy Saturday.

  19. capchoirgirl says:

    St. Patrick Church, Columbus, Ohio: Good Friday, 7:00.

  20. knute says:

    Epiphany Catholic Church in Tampa, Florida (2510 East Hanna Avenue) will observe a traditional Tenebrae service at 6:30am on Good Friday. In the immortal words of Marty Haugen: all are welcome!

  21. tjvigg3 says:

    The Most Rev. David O’Connell, Bishop of Trenton, N.J. will preside at Tenebrae on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Catherine’s Church, Spring Lake, N.J.

  22. CalvinistConvert says:

    St. Paul Cathedral, Pittsburgh, PA : Good Friday
    7:00 pm, Ecumenical Tenebrae – Bishop Zubik will be presiding.

  23. Gregorius says:

    About 2 hours from DC or Baltimore, in Charles Town WV, the CRNJ have Tenebrae Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 4 AM. Being their office, it’s all plainchant, but they sing really cool tones for the Lamentations. Plus everything is by candlelight, so it’s REALLY dark when it ends.

  24. jkking says:

    St. Margaret Mary in the “Athens of the West,” lovely Oakland CA, Thurs, Fri, Sat at 0900.

    My favorite part of Tenebrae is when they bang on the pews and stuff to simulate the earthquake… That was amazing.

  25. Mike says:

    Great to hear about Indianapolis’ Holy Rosary, a model for vivifying parish life by means of the traditional liturgy. It’s also a beautiful church with a most welcoming congregation. I fondly recall my visit this past January and look forward to going back next time I’m in Indianapolis.

  26. Geoffrey says:

    Are there any good videos of an authentic celebration of Tenebrae online?

  27. cda_sister says:

    Good Friday and Holy Saturday, Tenebrae – 8:30 AM in the Emmaus Chapel at St Theresa’s, Sugar Land, TX.

  28. cyrillist says:

    Our Lady of Fatima Chapel, 32 W Franklin Ave, Pequannock, NJ.

    Holy Thursday – 9am
    Good Friday – 8am
    Holy Saturday – 9am

  29. Thom says:

    Our parish of Holy Rosary in Tacoma (http://www.holyrosarytacoma.org/)

    Wednesday at 8PM.

    English plainchant, but the whole magillah.

  30. Patikins says:

    Just for clarification: the tenebrae at St. Patrick Church in Columbus, Ohio that capchoirgirl mentions is not complete. It is, nonetheless, beautiful with responsories from Tomas Lui de Victoria and chanted psalms and lamentations.

  31. Jack Orlando says:

    Santissima Trinità dei Pellegrini, Rome. roma [dot] fssp [dot] it/avvisi/settimana-santa-2016

    All three. All Latin. All on hard pews. All at night. All with a Tenebrae hearse. All 100%

    If a vigil were developed for Holy Thursday in the LOTH, it could also be done in the Ordinary Form. Vigils exist already in the LOTH for Good Friday and Holy Saturday.

    “We must all work in a concerted effort to revive the singing of all of Tenebrae”. Amen!

  32. Gulielmus says:

    Cathedral of St Matthew, Washington DC, Wednesday at 7pm.

  33. momoften says:

    Holy Rosary Church, Cedar, Michigan
    Wednesday, March 23rd at 5:15 pm
    Thursday, March 24th at 8:30 pm
    Friday, March 25th at 4:30 pm

  34. cantus says:

    Fr. Z, thanks for this opportunity.

    For those of you who are in or near Denver CO,

    Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Littleton.
    5612 S. Hickory Cir, Littleton, CO 80120

    MARCH 23
    Spy Wednesday at 7 PM anticipated Tenebrae.

    MARCH 24
    Maundy Thursday at 9 PM, anticipated Tenebrae, then Adoration until midnight.

    MARCH 25
    Good Friday at 7PM, anticipated Tenebrae.

  35. elijah408 says:

    Chicago, IL
    Wed 7:30pm St. Mary of Perpetual Help http://www.stmaryofperpetualhelp.com
    Sung by the Schola Cantorum of St. Peter the Apostle

  36. seattle_cdn says:

    8 am Thursday, Friday, and Saturday mornings at Blessed Sacrament Church, Seattle. According to the Dominican rubrics.

  37. MotherTeresa says:

    St. Joan of Arc (FSSP) http://www.stjoanarc.com
    773 N. 11th Street, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
    Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday, at 6:30 am
    Sunrise service. Pretty sure it is complete . . .

  38. Haley_HTC says:

    St Peter’s in Waco, TX: Wednesday 23rd at 8.00 PM!

  39. Emilio says:

    With all due respect to the commenter above, I discourage readers of this esteemed blog from attending the “Tenebrae” service at St. Matthew’s Cathedral in DC. This is my home archdiocese. It is a highly “adapted” form of the traditional service (definitely Lessons and Carols for Lent, to use Father Z’s phrase), mostly in English, with adult female servers in high heels and lipstick, etc…if you remember how BAD the music was at Pope Benedict’s Mass at Nationals’ Stadium in 2008, then please know that the man who was responsible for that then, is still the music director at St. Matthew’s now. The Cathedral is a beautiful edifice, miraculously never wreckovated, and full of promise… but bad taste, and low church forces reign supreme there now. Surely you can find a worthwhile alternative across the river in the liturgically sound Diocese of Arlington, or at the communities at the Ordinariate Parish (at Immaculate Conception, downtown), the Dominican House of Studies across from the National Shrine, or the Oratory in formation at St. Thomas in Woodley Park and Franciscan Monastery, as mentioned above.

  40. pax says:

    Just an interesting observation… I googled Tenebrae DFW and the results were largely Protestant denominations. Of the top ten results there was 1 Catholic parish, Mater Dei Latin Mass Parish, that had it scheduled on their site.

    Wed, March 23 & Fri, March 25
    7:30 P.M.

  41. kylie says:

    Tenebrae – the whole thing – in Latin, in the traditional form –

    7pm Good Friday at St Anne’s Latin Mass Church, Belmont, Perth, Australia.

  42. Darren says:

    Wednesday March 23
    at 7:30 PM

    St. Anthony of Padua Church, Jersey City, NJ


  43. melindaknight says:

    Wednesday March 23
    at 7:00 PM
    St. Dominic Church, Dominican friars, Youngstown, Ohio

    Hosted by the Frassati Fellowship of Northeast Ohio

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