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Tenebrae
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[German Version]

(Officium tenebrarum) is the special form combining Matins and Lauds (Liturgy of the hours) on the Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of Passion Week which was in use until 1970. One of the 15 candles burning on a special candelabra was extinguished after each psalm (three times three in Matins and five in Lauds) or after the Benedictus, so that the end of the service took place in tenebris, in the dark. In the Middle Ages, the Tenebrae had special concluding prayers and songs, including congregational hymns; according to the Roman use Ps 51(50), the Miserere, was sung again. …

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Praßl, Franz Karl, “Tenebrae”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_026138>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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