St. Patrick’s Cathedral hosts hauntingly beautiful Tenebrae

In his first Tenebrae as Bishop of Parramatta, Most Rev Vincent Long OFM Conv led the congregation in prayer and chanting.
Tenebrae candles at St. Patrick's Cathedral, Parramatta. Image: Diocese of Parramatta.

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.

Images from Tenebrae can be viewed here.

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.

Images from Tenebrae can be viewed here.

Watch the full Tenebrae here.

Listen to the banging of the pews here.

Read our article on Tenebrae here.

Tenebrae 2017




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