ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who, of thy tender love towards mankind, hast sent thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ, to take upon him our flesh, and to suffer death upon the cross, that all mankind should follow the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant, that we may both follow the example of his patience, and also be made partakers of his resurrection; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
10:00 am Said Holy Communion, with meditation by Benjamin Lee
5:30 pm Said Holy Communion at the Little Dutch Church
7:00 pm Tenebrae
Tenebrae (Latin for ‘darkness’) is based on the monastic office of Matins for the last three days of Holy Week. The series of psalms, lessons, and responses is intended to reflect the mind of Christ as his Passion unfolds.
Twenty-five candles are lighted at the beginning of the service, which correspond to the numbers of the twelve Prophets and the twelve Apostles, with one candle for Our Lord. During the singing of the Office of Tenebrae, the candles are extinguished one by one, until only one light remains. This one is not extinguished, but is hidden from our sight.
Featuring the choral masterpiece, Allegri’s “Miserere Mei, Deus”.