I was wondering why the statues in church this week were covered in purple cloakes? I am converting to Catholicism (I’ll go through RCIA next year) and I grew up going to Catholic schools (looong time ago) but I don’t remember the statues of Jesus and Mary being cloaked.
It’s traditional to cover the statues and crosses during Lent. For the last 30+ years it usually only starts today, as we are celebrating the 5th Sunday in Lent starting this evening. It doesn’t really have to happen until after Holy Thursday. But some parishes, including mine, seem to follow the tradition that I grew up with in the 50s to start the veiling on Ash Wednesday.
people with better memories may correct me, but at least where I grew up, in the former rite, the Passion was proclaimed on the 5th Sunday of Lent, Passion Sunday (the 6th Sunday was Palm Sunday) and the statues and crucifix were veiled before that reading, until the Easter Vigil.
links very helpful thanks sometimes I don’t know what I really remember
I thought there were 3 proclamations of the Passion, 5th Sun, Palm Sun, and Good Friday, but there was also more than one service Good Friday, one the long traditional one with all those prayers and kneeling, the other later just STations (maybe that was for the school kids)
why do I have a memory of red veiling for the crucifix?
For the Holy Triduum there was the Tenebrae (the Matins and Laud from the office) anticipated in the previous afternoon, the Mass in Holy Thursday and Saturday was in the morning, also the Liturgy on Good Friday (with the Passion of John) in the morning. This was changed in 1955
In Hungary there was a process for the Resurrection on the evenings before Easter until 1955, when it was replaced in some places combined by the Easter Vigil liturgy and Mass
I was raised in Catholic environment, crucifixes everywhere, and do not recall any memories, that crucifixes outside the church would be covered. Also i do not remember any covering of the statues in the Church neither outside the US. Only the crucifixes.
As a matter of fact in my (otherwise very reverent) church. I felt uneasy, that statues and pictures were covered, but the statues of the 4 angels, also the frescoes on the wall were left uncovered. What is the message?