The Congregation for Divine Worship’s
1988 Circular Letter “Concerning the
Preparation and Celebration of the Easter
Feasts,” recommends the communal
celebration of the Office of Readings and
Morning Prayer on Good Friday and Holy
Saturday, bearing in mind that this Office
(formerly known as Tenebrae) holds a
special place in the devotional lives of the
faithful. Many parishes in the
Archdiocese of New York continue the
tradition of praying the Liturgy of the Hours in common on these days as a way of meditating on the passion, death, and burial of the Lord while awaiting the celebration of His resurrection.
The Liturgy Office frequently receives requests for booklets which can be used by parishes for the celebration of the Liturgy of the Hours during the Triduum. The ebreviary service has recently made these resources available, free of charge, on its website. The booklets may be downloaded directly from the ebreviary website and reproduced as needed by parishes.