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.