The Office of Tenebrae

4/17/2019 | St. James Cathedral

Music Downtown

Each year during Holy Week, St. James Cathedral observes the office of Tenebræ (“shadows”) in which the sufferings of Christ are foretold in the Lamentations of Jeremiah and commemorated in the slow extinguishing of candles. The evening culminates in Gregorio Allegri’s stirring setting of Psalm 51, Miserere mei, Deus (“Have mercy on me, O God”). Music is provided by the Cathedral Cantorei and Men’s Chant Choir, under the direction of Joseph Adam.

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