Apr 16th

Tenebrae: Prayer in Shadows

This is a community event

The Latin word for “shadows” or “darkness,” tenebrae is the name given to the Church’s celebration of the Office of Readings and Lauds during Holy Week. It is a meditation on the themes of the Passion. A great number of composers have written some beautiful meditative pieces for this rite. Psalms and hymns of lament are read and sung, and we are invited to reflect on the poetry and the great mystery of Christ’s death for us. Throughout the hour, each and every candle and light in the church is extinguished–all except one, to represent Christ in the great darkness of the silent church. A loud noise (called the strepitum) is heard: the “shudder of creation” at the death of Jesus. All depart in silence.
Join us at St. Francis de Sales in Springfield for this beautiful event, beginning at  7pm. 

St. Francis de Sales Church

4625 Springfield Ave.

Philadelphia PA
19143

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