Aleteia.org explains why this is -
“Why cover up something beautiful?
“But why go through such lengths to cover up images that are designed to raise our hearts and minds toward heaven?
“First, we use veils to alert us of the special time that we are in. When we walk into church and notice everything is covered, we immediately know that something is different. These last two weeks of Lent are meant to be a time of immediate preparation for the Sacred Triduum, and these veils are a forceful reminder to get ready.
“Second, the veils focus our attention on the words being said at Mass. When we listen to the Passion narrative, our senses are allowed to focus on the striking words from the Gospel and truly enter into the scene.
“Third, the Church uses veils to produce a heightened sense of anticipation for Easter Sunday. This is further actualized when you attend daily Mass and see the veils each day. You don’t want them to be there because they are hiding some very beautiful images.
“And therein lies the whole point: the veils are not meant to be there forever. The images need to be unveiled; it is unnatural for them to be covered.
“The unveiling before the Easter Vigil is a great reminder of our own life on earth. We live in a ‘veiled’ world, in exile from our true home. It is only through our own death that the veil is lifted, and we are finally able to see the beauty of everything in our lives.”
Also, Our Lord ran (abscondit in Latin) on this Passion Sunday when people threw stones at Him (John 8). He hid Himself, and we do the same … for a time.
“Tulerunt ergo lapides, ut jacerent in eum: Jesus autem abscondit se, et exivit de templo.”
“They took up stones therefore to cast at Him; but Jesus hid Himself, and went out of the temple.”
We have 50 people who will be received into the Catholic Church at the Vigil Mass on the Saturday before Easter Sunday. The parish has doubled in size in two years. I met one of them today, Jacob, from Oroville. I am guessing he is about 25. He expressed surprise at the number of people in every age range. Jacob began instruction in the faith in January - speedily accomplished entry and landing. Then begins a lifetime of climbing the holy hill of learning.
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