Presided over by Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv, led by Bernard Kirkpatrick (Director of Music for the Diocese of Parramatta) and St. Patrick’s Cathedral Choir, Tenebrae was celebrated in reverent fashion last night at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta.
Renaissance style chanting and motets hung over the Cathedral as the candles were extinguished one by one, until there was total darkness. And silence. One solitary candle, the “Christ” candle was left alight, symbolising the light of Christ in our world. The end of the service was marked by loud banging and the clanging of the pews – meant to symbolise the moment Christ died.