Tenebrae - Service of Darkness sung by Choral8
Date:
17th April 2019
Time:
19:30
Description:
Please join us for this unique experience in Holy Week.

The Tenebrae service (latin for darkness) all but disappeared from the church calendar after the 1950s. however, here at High Beach we will be holding a shortened version of one of the original settings using the music of 16th century composer Tomas Luis de Victoria that he wrote specifically for the occasion.

The service is very theatrical in its presentation and is characterised by the gradual extinguishing of candles throughout, symbolising the desertion of Jesus's disciples in his hours of need. It finishes in total darkness with a loud noise or 'strepitus' taking place near the end. There is just one hidden candle left alight - the 'Christ Candle'.

Do come and listen to the music, psalms and readings that form the bulk of the service.

 

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