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Tenebrae: Shadows and Darkness

Schola Cantorum Sancti Gregorii Magni (Singapore)
19 Apr 2019Fri
45mins (no intermission)
Esplanade Concourse

Coming from the Latin word for darkness tenebris, the Tenebrae is a unique liturgy in the calendar of the Roman Catholic Church that dates back to the fifth century. The custom of extinguishing candles one by one symbolises the diminishing faith and eventual abandonment of Jesus’ disciples during the final days of his earthly life.


The Gregorian chant, a form of plainchant that originated in Rome in the seventh century, marginalised the other indigenous plainchant traditions of the Christian West in the eighth and ninth centuries to become the official music of the Roman Catholic liturgy. It is considered one of the oldest manifestations of Western music, and the first of its kind to evolve musical notation into what we have today.

This Good Friday evening, join Singapore’s only Gregorian chant group Schola Cantorum Sancti Gregorii Magni in observing an abridged version of Tenebrae, one of the most moving rituals of the Catholic church.

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