Let us pray with the Church and for the Church AMDG!
As we are approaching Easter, the pace quickens.

Starting with the sombre Season of Septuagesima, we progress to the Season of Lent, a season of prayer, fasting and penitence, thus prepared to be reflect on the Passion of Our Lord through the liturgy of Passiontide. All this culminates in the Triduum, the 3 days before Easter, with its once magnificent ceremonies everywhere.

In our days, the Holy Masses of the Triduum are still done both in the churches using Novus Ordo Missae   and where the  Latin Traditional liturgy is celebrated, but Alas! – chanting of  the Tenebrae on the  three days of the Triduum is pushed back to the islands of traditional  Latin liturgical  observances, where the Tenebrae are invariably performed in full by the religious orders and even some parish churches and chapels usinng the traditional  Latin liturgy , especially when these chapels and churches are affiliated to schools and colleges.

What is the Tenebrae?

The following tables below show its component parts.

The following article from Wikipedia   describes and what the traditional Tenebrae is and how and why it disappeared.


The table given in the Wikipedia article is different from the tables given above.

The Wikipedia editor simply used the scheme for ad Laudes. However, even the Benedictine communities are using the scheme above, and not the one givene in the Wikipedia.

Why go?

The Church is in crisis and prayers, especially liturgical prayer, are powerful weapons.  I could not put this better than the Reverend Father Prior of the Silverstream Priory did:

“So long as there are monks in their choir stalls, manfully singing the praises of God by day and by night, and monks in adoration before the altar where the living Christ is truly present in
the sacrament of his love, the Church will be forever young, forever alive and equipped to continue her mission into generations to come.”

Source:  http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/meet-the-american-monks-who-might-re-evangelize-ireland


I urge you to go, if you possibly can. Search the directories of churches and chapels f using the traditional Latin liturgy, or addresses of traditional priestly societies, find out their schedule for the Holy Week and then go, making the sacrifice of time and cost of the trip.

However, if this is not feasible, then pray it on your own. The Officium Divinum has the full text with Latin and English in parallel columns.


First type in the date desired on the top of the page.

Click on the drop down boxes for Rubrics 1960 and  English (which will give you the Latin and  English). Then go to the line above and click on Matutinum first, then on Laudes. Print it and seclect a time and place to say it on the appropriate days.


Let us all pray with the Church and for the Church AMDG!