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“All rise and then leave in silence.”

The principal Tenebrae ceremony is the gradual extinguishing of candles upon a stand in the sanctuary called a hearse….

Six altar candles are put out during the Benedictus, gradually reducing also the lighting in the church throughout the chanting of the canticle. Then any remaining lights in the church are extinguished and the last candle on the hearse is hidden behind the altar, ending the service in total darkness. The strepitus (Latin for “great noise”), made by slamming a book shut, banging a hymnal or breviary against the pew, or stomping on the floor, symbolizes the earthquake that followed Christ’s death, although it may have originated as a simple signal to depart. After the candle has been shown to the people, it is extinguished, and then put “on the credence table,” or simply taken to the sacristy. All rise and then leave in silence. — Tenebrae

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  • Dr. Jay April 16, 2019, 3:42 PM

    Found on Twitter: As Notre Dame Cathedral Burns. Who is This Guy?

  • DrTedNelson April 16, 2019, 4:10 PM

    I’d love to go to an old-fashioned Catholic church service, but I’d need a time machine.

  • JoanOfArgghh! April 16, 2019, 5:10 PM

    We used to do an amazing tenebrae service at our Anglican church. I so miss that.

  • Jack in NH April 16, 2019, 7:03 PM

    Dr. Ted! No time machine necessary. Our parish is having Tenebrae tomorrow evening in the pre-1955 rite; find yourself an FSSP parish & you’ll be good to go.

  • Tom Hyland April 16, 2019, 10:12 PM

    In the past year 375 Christian churches have been vandalized in France. Paul Joseph Watson has been accused by Buzzfeed of spreading “CONSPIRACY THEORY!!!” that Muslim people were celebrating the Notre Dame fire. The blatant evidence is they were. Watch this…

  • Jaynie April 17, 2019, 4:53 AM

    Dr.Jay: “As Notre Dame Cathedral Burns. Who is This Guy?” Link to video but the video is taken down. What did it show?

  • Jaynie April 17, 2019, 4:59 AM

    Well that GK Chesterton piece is amazing. Never had a piece of writing make a stone edifice appear to rumble to life, get up, and, loudly, shake out its kinks lumbering towards its destiny. So creative and beautifully written.

  • Phillipa Crawford April 17, 2019, 5:07 AM

    Neo has movie footage of Paris from the turn of the last century. It begins with a shot of ND.


  • Callmelennie April 17, 2019, 7:45 AM

    Wonderful! Now, if we could just smear grime on the walls and befoul the streets with garbage and needles and makeshift encampments with a touch of human feces while importing throngs of people who utterly despise what 19th century France stood for — that would be a great improvement!!

    BTW, I did about a seven hour walking tour of Paris in 1981, and the one “improvement” I immediately noted was grime all over the walls, But not everywhere; just around the train station (Gare d’ Nord)

  • JiminAlaska April 17, 2019, 10:34 AM

    My only comment; Sad.

  • Eskyman April 17, 2019, 12:26 PM

    Jaynie- that now-missing video showed a person, distinctly dressed with a white head covering, walking in Notre Dame Cathedral during the fire. I have my suspicions, as do others. Here it is:


    Back in the late ’60s I visited Paris, and saw Notre Dame; it was a different world then, and Paris was still Parisian. It was a magnificent edifice, and I could not understand how so many people strove for so long to build such a place; we no longer have the dedication necessary for such.

    I am so glad that the foundations and much else was spared, the Rose Windows in particular; but I sincerely doubt that it will be rebuilt as it was. Nowadays it is owned by the Government; accomodation will be made to people of all faiths, even the one which now delights in that magnificent cathedral’s destruction.

    I am glad I saw it when it was still Catholic, still an example of men’s faith in God, and still a symbol of the France that once was.