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Holy Week 2013

Holy Week is upon us.  The Posting Priest cannot post the message he wants to proclaim just yet because we must walk the Way of the Cross.  But a hint is: It comes from Luke 24: 5b.  So, instead I must resort to listing liturgies and service times.  And since there is so much to Holy Week, I have to invite incrementally.

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The name Tenebrae, from Latin for "darkness" or "shadows," has f...or centuries been applied to the ancient monastic night and early morning services (Matins and Lauds) of the last three days of Holy Week, which in medieval times came to be celebrated on the preceding evenings.

Apart from the reading of Lamentations, the most conspicuous feature of Tenebrae is the gradual extinguishing of 14 candles and other lights in the church until a single candle, representing the Light of Christ, remains. Toward the end of the service this last candle is hidden, typifying the apparent victory of the forces of evil. But, at the very end, a loud noise sybolizing the earthquake at the time of resurrection (Matt 28:2) ushers the hidden candle back to its rightful place, and by its light all depart in silence.

This is the candle hearse for Tenebrae. We are all set for tonight.


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Wishing any and all a blessed Holy Week.