- the office of matins and lauds for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of Holy Week, sung respectively on the afternoon of Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of that week, at which the Crucifixion is commemorated by the gradual extinguishment of candles.
Origin of Tenebrae
1645–55; < Latin: literally, darkness
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Examples from the Web for tenebrae
It seemed to them that they were ready to enter a church on the day of Tenebrae.Notre-Dame de Paris
Si ergo lumen, quod in te est, tenebrae sunt, ipsae tenebrae quantae erunt?
It arose thus: Lafontaine went one day with Racine to tenebrae, and was given a Bible.Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama, Vol 1
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- (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
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