Saturday, April 15, 2017

Tenebrae in Canada

One of the holiest experiences on the planet earth.  Tenebrae on Good Friday!

At the very end, one last lit candle remains.  Then, the haunting strepitus noise and recessional in silent darkness. 

The strepitus is a harsh sound indicating the closing of the tomb and subsequent earthquake at the time of Christ’s death.  The noise is made by the slamming the Liber Usualis books on the kneelers in the sanctuary. 

I feel very blessed to have experienced this beautiful liturgical prayer in my parish (Sts. Joachim and Ann in Canada).  Hats off to the very generous pastor, Fr. Bill Ashley!  

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