Schedule: Tenebrae 2018

The Office of Darkness, the Officium Tenebrarum in Latin, comprises the offices of matins and lauds traditionally sung or recited in the evening for the last three days of Holy Week, what we call the Sacred Triduum. In the Philippines, this office is often called in its Spanish name, tinieblas, which has also lent its name, at least in some localities, to the large wooden clapper installed in the belfries of those times, more widely known as matracas, apparently because when the time of the customary noise was come, the belfry clapper was also sounded.

Schedule - Tenebrae

We are in the week that changed the world, Holy Week, and its last three days, the Sacred Triduum, are the holiest days of Christendom. Let us honour the Lord, contemplating on His holy Passion, in fervent prayer, in that natural darkness that recalls the spiritual darkness that once enveloped the world awash in sin, that we may rejoice in the light of His resurrection, having reconciled the world unto Himself when He died on the Cross.

Cantemus, psallamus, atque oremus.

Schedule: Holy Week 2018

Holy Week starts today, 25 March, Palm Sunday, nudging the Annunciation to 9 April, the first unimpeded day after Low Sunday. We are now nearing the summit, the pinnacle, the climax of Lent. Hopefully, we have used Forelent to dispose ourselves to the rigours of this holy season.

Schedule - Holy Week
May the sacrifices that we offer, and the discipline to which we submit our bodies, the devotions that year after year we revisit, the alms that we give, redouble our joy and mirth on that gladsome Sunday when the women discovered the tomb of the Lord empty.

Ieiunemus, oremus, eleemosynam et demus.

Holy Week 2017

On 9 April this year, Palm Sunday ushered in Holy Week, days which Holy Mother Church, in union with Christendom, specially devotes to the commemoration of the perfect Sacrifice on Calvary offered by our Lord Jesus Christ, True God and True Man, with Himself as the Victim, our Paschal Lamb.  The Sacred Triduum relives in a very special manner this very sacrifice by which the Lord reconciled the world unto Himself, the very same sacrifice bloodlessly re-enacted on our altars.

Christ is risen, alleluia! Truly He is risen, alleluia!