Wednesday Tenebrae Service

Tenebrae factae sunt—and it was dark (Mt. 27:45). At Tenebrae, we join the Church as she mourns for our betrayed Redeemer. Readings trace the story of Christ’s passion, music portrays his pathos, and the power of silence and darkness suggests the drama of this momentous day.



The candles represent Christ and His apostles who abandoned Him one by one. The last candle is taken from its place and is hidden. All becomes dark while the choir sings the heart-wrenching 'Miserere.'



The overwhelming sound of the strepitus (earthquake) reflects cataclysmic nature of His sacrifice. But the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it (John 1:5).



7:00 pm Meditative Organ Music for Holy Week
Confessions are offered all evening, beginning at 7:00 pm

Partita on Du frommer Gott, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
Partita on Jesu meine freude, Johann Gottfried Walther (1684–1748)

Corrado Cavalli, Organist

7:30 pm Choral Tenebrae

Tenebrae Responsories for Maundy Thursday
, Stephanie Martin (b. 1962)
Benedictus Deus Israel, Diego Ortiz (c. 1510– c. 1570)
Christus factus est, Anton Bruckner (1824–1896)
Miserere mei, Gregorio Allegri (1582–1652)

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The Sacred Music offered by the Choirs of St. John Cantius help make Holy Week at St. John Cantius beautiful.

From the famous “Miserere” of Allegri on the night of Tenebrae to the glorious sound of the choir and orchestra on Easter Sunday, the Choirs and Orchestra need your help to make this musical offering possible.

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