Thursday, April 1, 2010


Altar server lights 15-candle hearse in preparation for Tenebrae Service at St. Michael's Cathedral.

Sung by current and former choristers of St. Michael’s Choir School and overseen by His Grace, Archbishop Thomas Collins, the Tenebrae service begins with these 15 candles lit.  One by one they are extinguished until a lone candle remains, the light of Christ in the world.  Even this is momentarily hidden, leaving the church in total darkness for the crashing strepitus which recalls the earthquake at Christ’s death.  The candle is re-placed, a sign of His resurrection, and after a few more prayers the congregation slips away into the night.

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