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DeSales University Hosts First Tenebrae Holy Week Service

JesusDeSales University in Center Valley, Penn., is hosting its first Tenebrae service during Holy Week on Tuesday, April 15, according to the University.

The University’s advanced chamber choir of 25 members will sing and Fr. Timothy McIntire, OSFS, will celebrate the service, which he hopes will turn into an annual event.  The University reports:

Tenebrae, a Latin word for “shadows” or “darkness,” is meant to give people a chance at quiet reflection in the days leading up to the death and later resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is meant to help transition from Lent into Easter and beyond.

According to McIntire, Tenebrae is truly is a unique celebration. “It is a commemoration of the temporary victory of darkness over light, the temporary victory of evil over goodness. We know the ending of the story. Over the course of the hour, the candles in the chapel will slowly darken. The celebration ends in darkness.”

…“The mood will be pretty somber, quiet, and reflective. Psalms from the Book of Psalms and Lamentations from the Book of Lamentations are going to be sung, chanted, and spoken,” said [Fr. McIntire].

DeSales University is recommended in The Newman Guide for its strong Catholic identity.

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