Posted: 15th March 2018

Passion and Death in the Sports Hall

The Rector Fr Michael Sheil SJ and the Headmaster Mr Chris Lumb extend a warm invitation to you to join the Clongowes community in our annual Easter liturgy of Tenebrae, which will take place on Wednesday 21st March at 21.00 in the Sports Hall, Clongowes Wood College.

Tenebrae (Latin for shadows or darkness) is an ancient Christian liturgy of Holy Week dating back to the Middle Ages. The liturgy of Tenebrae is a prolonged meditation on Christ’s suffering in the days leading up to and including his Crucifixion. Music portrays his pathos and the power of silence and darkness suggest the drama of those days.

In our modern and contemporary presentation of this liturgy we use film, music, poetry, recorded music, commentary, movement and special lighting and we hope to bring the narrative of Holy Week afresh to the student body. With guest artistes, acclaimed young soprano, Ioana Constantin-Pipelea, cellist, Jane Hughes, tenor, Chris Currid joining with the Clongowes Schola this liturgy, lasting approximately one hour, charts Christ’s ultimate victory over death.

We warmly invite all parents who can, to join us for this unique liturgy, which is our Clongowes ‘mini Paschal Triduum’ before we break for the Easter holidays. After the event the Headmaster and Rector will host a reception with light refreshments in the castle.

Mr Cyril Murphy, Director of Liturgy

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