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Tenebrae

Tenebrae (tĕn´ĕbrā) [Lat.,=darkness], in the Roman Catholic Church, ceremony performed on the Wednesday and following evenings of Holy Week. As the choir chants, a number of candles set on a hearse (a kind of candelabrum) are extinguished one by one until only one remains. The last candle is hidden behind the altar, and in the darkness a noise is made, symbolizing the convulsion of nature at the Crucifixion. The single lighted candle is then replaced on the hearse. The traditional plainsong for the ceremony is much esteemed.

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Tenebrae

Tenebrae in the Roman Catholic Church, matins and lauds for the last three days of Holy Week, at which candles are successively extinguished, in memory of the darkness at the Crucifixion. Several composers have set parts of the office to music. The word is Latin, and means literally ‘darkness’.

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Tenebrae. The special form of mattins and lauds for the last three days of Holy Week. The name (Lat., ‘darkness’) comes from the practice of extinguishing fifteen candles, one at a time, during the service.

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tenebrae Holy Week devotion (matins and lauds) at which candles lighted at the beginning are successively put out. XVII. — L. (pl.) darkness.

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