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 (tĕn′ə-brā′, -brē′)
pl.n. (used with a sing. or pl. verb) Roman Catholic Church
The office of matins and lauds sung on the last three days of Holy Week, with a ceremony of candles.

[Medieval Latin, from Latin tenebrae, darkness.]


(Roman Catholic Church) (functioning as singular or plural) RC Church (formerly) the matins and lauds for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of Holy Week, usually sung in the evenings or at night
[C17: from Latin: darkness]


(ˈtɛn əˌbreɪ)

n. (used with a sing. or pl. v.)
any of various liturgical services in the Western Church during Holy Week, in which all candles are gradually extinguished, to commemorate the darkness at the Crucifixion.
[1645–55; < Latin: literally, darkness]
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It seemed to them that they were ready to enter a church on the day of Tenebrae.
Robert discovers an ancient book that seems to reveal a connection between his relatives and Tenebrae, and suspects they are dealing with a shape-shifter.
Maundy Thursday worship service of Tenebrae with Holy Communion, in the sanctuary
The Tenebrae religious ceremonies are served in twilight, at the beginning of a new day according to the old time measurement, on the eves of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday.
Following in his footsteps great composers were inspired by the requiem's drama and emotion, and adapted the musical form to create sweeping masterpieces which viewers can enjoy on S4C's Requiem, Orchestra and Chorus of Wales conducted by Edward Gardner, and by Tenebrae Choir conducted by Nigel Short, along with solo pieces by Elin Manahan Thomas herself.
Works for large ensembles have included the trumpet concerto Desolation Wilderness, for Alison Balsom and the RLPO; Tide Harmonic, for the Orchestre National de Lille, which was a collaboration with choreographer Carolyn Carlson; and the 60-minute a cappella choral work Path of Miracles, for Nigel Short's Tenebrae choir.
Macmillan, Tenebrae Responsories Westminster Cathedral Choir / Baker JAMES MACMILLAN'S religious music has none of Arvo Part or John Tavener's holy minimalism or Howard Goodall's Classic FMfriendly tunefulness.
His faith provides courage, apparent even in his merely writing the religious Sept Repons des' Tenebrae on sacred texts for Holy Week to fulfill the commission for the opulent fete of a spectacularly secular opening.
The air was filled in with music by Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Tenebrae Choir - "one of the greatest choirs in the world", The Black Eyed Peas who were reportedly paid 1.
Many years ago, Monsignor Edward Ronan of happy memory, would come to Toronto's Seminary to rehearse Tenebrae, the beautiful antiphons for the chanting of the Office (what we now call the Prayer of the Church) in Holy Week.