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From the St. Lawrence Press Blog:

…During the late afternoon of Spy Wednesday (following the practice in Rome), or in the early evening, the service of Tenebrae is sung. Tenebrae is Mattins and Lauds, as usual anticipated, of the following liturgical day but the Office of the Triduum shows signs of antiquity and has developed a ceremonial extinguishing of candles that mimetically represent the desertion of the LORD by his disciples and the days of darkness – hence the name. The wreckovators of the 1950s completely got this wrong and, following the rationalist ideas expressed by people such as the Jesuit Herbert Thurston in the early years of the twentieth century, decided the candle were merely extiguished as dawn was approaching. So there is now the spectacle in the new rite service of extinguishing candles at a service often starting at 10:00am…

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I am an Anglican Catholic Priest, currently residing in Orvelte, the Netherlands.
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