The Cathedral of Saint Raymond Nonnatus in the Diocese of Joliet will celebrate Tenebrae at 7 p.m. April 17 at the cathedral, located at 604 N. Raynor Ave., Joliet.
Free parking is available.
Tenebrae is the ancient liturgical practice combining the Office of Readings and Morning Prayer with the chanting of passages from the Book of Lamentations and the singing of choral music that reflects on the suffering and death of Christ.
According to a news release from the cathedral, the word "tenebrae" originates from a Latin word that means "darkness" or "shadows."
Historically preceding each of the three days before Easter Sunday, candles are extinguished on the Tenebrae hearse (ortriangle) representing the disciples denying Christ until only one candle, representing Jesus, remains.
These candles are removed for a short time, to show sin and death's apparent triumph over Jesus, the light of the world.
The cathedral's choral scholars under the direction of James Grzadzinski, cathedral director of music, will offer the evening's musical selections. They will be assisted by cathedral associate organist, Richard Siegel.
The program will include choral music by Allegri, Anerio, Farrant, Palestrina, Sheppard and Victoria.
A free will offering benefits the cathedral’s sacred music program. For more information, call 815-722-6653 x218 or firstname.lastname@example.org.