Thursday, 9 April 2009

Tenebrae for Maundy Thursday in Melbourne

Tenebrae, for those trying to follow the non-debate over at Fr Z, consists of Matins and Lauds, the night and early morning hours of the Divine Office. But it has long been the custom in many monasteries and other places to do Matins at least the night before, and in Holy Week, Tenebrae as a whole, rather than try and get a congregation together at 2am or whatever! When the 1955 reforms to Holy Week were made, the provision to say Tenebrae in the evening was removed (although is generally ignored) - but in Australia an indult continues to apply.

And if you would like to listen to Tenebrae, hop over to the website of the Monastery of Norcia (St Benedict's birthplace) in Italy. Norcia is a young and rapidly growing community, founded by an American, and utilises the traditional Benedictine Office (thanks to New Liturgical Movement for the tip, though at time of writing, it was not yet up).

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