A parish we often go to for daily mass has a particularly irritating liturgical tradition for lent. They cover the modern statues of the Blessed Mother and Joseph with a purple cloth. The cloth has elastic edges to get tight around the statues, which hang off the wall rather than sit on a pedastal.
That would not be so bad, for I am sure St. Joseph and the Blessed Mother would be happy to be hidden while our Lord on the Cross became the focus during Lent.
The problem is that they cover the Crucifix with a purple bag as well. Now the priest is a good priest, one of the few “orthodox” priests I can trust here, but this apparently is an old Italian custom for Lent. There is no other crucifix provided in the sanctuary, and the only other cross is a large…I would guess 7’…cross laid in its side in front of the alter.
Last year I wrote a fairly impassioned letter to Father, and we later found our Lord un-bagged - but that was the last week of Lent, so I am not sure when he un-bagged Our Lord.
This is what I need: A genuine quotation from the Rubrics regarding the need for a VISIBLE CRUCIFIX in the sanctuary, and perhaps some backround on why this became a tradition in the Italian American community.