Office of Tenebrae
Tenebrae is the Latin word for "darkness." During this liturgy, we read from the book of Lamentations and hear Psalms of lament, as one by one, we extinguish candles from a special candelabra called a "Tenebrae hearse".

At the conclusion, the final lit candle is processed out of the church, symbolizing the Light of the World being extinguished at Jesus' death. The congregation makes a loud noise, called the  strepitus , which recalls the earthquake that followed the crucifixion.

The darkness helps us anticipate the sorrow to come on Good Friday. But then the candle reenters the congregation. The congregation departs in silence, with the single hopeful candle remaining to help us look ahead to Easter. 

Enjoy this last Lenten Tuesday opportunity, as we enter into the holiest time in the Church: the Triduum and Easter.


The following prayer will replace the parish stewardship prayer at Mass until further notice.

Mother of Divine Love, we entrust to you our nation and world, our families and loved ones, that we may be spared the worst of this illness.

In this time of trial and testing, hear the cries of those who are vulnerable and fearful.

For those already afflicted, obtain the grace of healing and deliverance.

For those working to help the sick and bring an end to this crisis, obtain the strength to continue their work.

Shelter us under the mantle of your protection, conform us to the will of the Father, remind us always of the love of your Son, Jesus, and bring his peace to our land and to our hearts.


Saint Rocco, protector against the plague and all contagious diseases, pray for us!

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