Tenebrae factae sunt!
A feature of Tenebrae as the names suggests is the increasing darkness or deprivation of light as the Office proceeds. This is signified by the fourteen unbleached candles on the Tenebrae hearse (shown on the right, behind me) which are snuffed out with each psalm. The fifteenth candle (which represents Christ) is not snuffed out but taken away and hidden, as our Lord was laid in the tomb.
Sadly we shall not be performing the strepitus - the loud noise made by slamming the breviaries on the choir stalls, to signify chaos in the world as Christ the light is taken from us. However, we do sing a litany at the end of the Office and the versicle "mortem autem crucis" is sung, in the English Dominican custom - a fifth above the written note, which I rather suspect should provide enough of a loud noise!!
Do join us at 8.30am for this unique liturgy or find somewhere near you that does it and join them!
I ought to acknowledge the fact that in the photo above, taken tonight, I am wearing a summer-weight habit made by the Dominican Siena Sisters in the Philippines and given to me by a friend and benefactress in the Philippines. Maraming salamat po!