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Tenebrae in Pictures

Tenebrae, or the office of shadows, took place on Good Friday, April 3, at The Basilica of Saint Mary. This service commemorates the death of Jesus and his descent into hell. Tenebrae is Latin for shadows/darkness. As the service unfolds, all candles and lights in The Basilica are extinguished until only one candle remains. When the last candle is carried out of the church and complete darkness fills The Basilica, the organ and timpani begin a symbolic earthquake. The service ends with thousands of rose petals being dropped from The Basilica dome.

 

Photo provided by: 
Stacy Glaus

 

Photo provided by: 
Stacy Glaus

 

Photo provided by: 
Stacy Glaus

 

Photo provided by: 
Stacy Glaus
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Thank you for teaching me about this service. I am unable to attend, and heard about the Tenebrae. I am so grateful to see the pictures and learn.

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