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Why were these people smacking their pews?

The answer is hauntingly beautiful.

Why were these people smacking their pews? Because they were at Tenebrae – where the end of the service is marked by loud banging and the clanging of the pews – meant to symbolise the moment Christ died.

Read more about Tenebrae here.

Images from Tenebrae can be viewed here.

Watch the full Tenebrae here.

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