Wednesday 20th March saw the first ever Tenebrae Service to be staged in The Sports Hall at 9.15pm for the entire school. This was a semi-dramatised re-telling of The Passion and Death of Our Lord Jesus with some contemporary reflections, which brought the narrative afresh to the students in a vivid and modern presentation. Through use of film, music, narration and contemplation we re- enacted the events of Good Friday, through the vehicle of Tenebrae, (Latin for shadows or darkness) a very ancient Christian liturgy.
One of our guests performers was the internationally acclaimed Irish soprano Celine Byrne who gave an unforgettable performance of “Were you there when they crucified my Lord” and the Lords Prayer by Malotte. Young Irish rock singer and music theatre professional Chris Currid sang “Gethsemane” from Jesus Christ Superstar and our Rhetoric student Oscar Hassett was a compelling Pontius Pilate in both song and speech. Cellist, Jane Hughes contributed magnificently to the atmosphere with her playing of “Song of the Birds” by Pablo Casals.
With special lighting, atmospheric music and reading, the dark drama of Good Friday and our Lord’s sacrifice for us was richly commemorated. The whole liturgy was really well received by a full hall of very attentive and engaged students as well as some parents and staff. It is intended that this will become an annual event to mark the events of Holy Week in Clongowes before the boys depart on their Easter holidays.