Tenebrae of Good Friday and Holy Saturday

We have recently added PDFs of Good Friday Tenebrae and Holy Saturday Tenebrae. The purpose of these PDFs is to provide interested parties with the musical texts for Tenebrae; if you are joining us at Mater Ecclesiae for Tenebrae services this year and need translations, you should still refer to the bound Tenebrae booklets available in the chapel.

The PDFs are available at the right under “Resources” or you can use the links below:

Tenebrae of Good Friday

Tenebrae of Holy Saturday

We hope to be able to add Maundy Thursday Tenebrae soon. As usual we have John Rotondi’s hard work to thank for these resources!

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  1. David Lojacono
    Posted March 23, 2010 AD at 10:59 am | Permalink

    Is there any resource that has the Monastic Tenebrae text for Holy Thursday? The Monastic Tenebrae is different from the Tenebrae of the Roman Office, because of the twelve psalms that make up each Nocturne, correct?


  2. Posted March 24, 2010 AD at 9:10 pm | Permalink

    The Monastic Diurnal published by Farnborough Abbey has Lauds for Tenebrae, but not Matins. I believe the (Anglican) Monastic Diurnal published by Lancelot Andrewes Press has the full Tenebrae service, but that is only in English, no Latin. (I don’t have it, but I have its companion volume, Monastic Breviary Matins, and that is missing Matins for the Triduum, referring readers to the Diurnal.)

    There are 12 Psalms in Monastic Matins, but these are divided between two Nocturns (here is the schema).

  3. Posted March 26, 2010 AD at 2:26 pm | Permalink

    To the best of my knowledge, I believe the Roman Office’s Tenebrae and the Monastic Office thereof are virtually identical.

    The entire, stripped-down version (i.e. no Hymns, no antiphons at the Little Hours, etc.) of the Office in the Roman usage for the Triduum is the last vestige of the “original” schema of the Divine Office. Little had been changed to the Tenebrae service since the time of Pope Gregory the Great, and that even includes immunity from St. Pius X’s reordering of the Office in 1911 (Divino afflatu). Hence, the Monastic Office and Roman Office for Tenebrae are almost identical, because the Roman Office never “ventured away” from its Monastic roots in this case.

    Under Pius XII, the only changes made to Tenebrae were the time of its celebration and the omission of Ps. 50 following the “Christus Factus Est” Antiphon.

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