Did you notice something different at your church today? Did you remember to veil your crosses at home? Today is Passion Sunday (the 5th Sunday of Lent) and the beginning of Passiontide. It is said that:
“Crosses and statues are veiled now and will remained veiled for two full weeks. The Catholic Encyclopedia describes this custom as follows: “Before Vespers of Saturday preceding Passion Sunday (i.e. the 5th Sunday of Lent) the crosses, statues, and pictures of our Lord and of the saints on the altar and throughout the church, with the sole exception of the crosses and pictures of the Way of the Cross, are to be covered with a violet veil, not translucent, nor in any way ornamented. The crosses remain covered until the solemn denudation of the principal crucifix on Good Friday. The statues and pictures remain their covering, no matter what feast may occur, until the Gloria in Excelsis of Holy Saturday”.
Continue reading about Passion Sunday and see what our family did to celebrate at Children Of The Church Blog!