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A Lenten Tradition: Veiling the Cross for Passiontide

Mar 30, 2017 By Laura Jean Rabiipour

Towards the end of Lent you may notice purple cloths draped over crucifixes, statues, and images of saints in your church. In some churches, these items are actually removed from the sanctuary altogether. This old custom of veiling religious images is a way of focusing on the penitential aspect of this liturgical season. It remi[...]

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Apr 19, 2016 By Laura Jean Rabiipour

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