In this lesson we focus on the readings and themes for the Fifth Sunday in Lent, called also as Passion Sunday. We also focus in a special way on the veiling of images during Passiontide as well as the feastday of Our Lady of Sorrows on Friday in Passion week. This lesson is intended to be a resource for those seeking to deepen their devotion as well as those seeking Theological instruction or doctrine and prayers for sermons.
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Statues are veiled during Passiontide since our Lord has hidden Himself from us.
Quoting from "The Catholic Source Book":
Traditionally, the Fifth Sunday in Lent, one week before Palm Sunday, was called Passion Sunday or Judica Sunday after the first word of the Introit: "Judge me, O Lord..." (see Psalm 43). The veiling referred to the closing words of the Sunday's Gospel, "They picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple" (John 8:59). The Lenten veil expressed the sorrow of the Church at this time.
According to St. Augustine, at the moment when Jesus "hid himself" from the Jews, Christ in face became invisible by virtue of His Divine nature. To help signify this mystery, crucifixes and images of Christ are veiled in purple cloth on the evening before the start of Passiontide. Passiontide starts on Passion Sunday. The same goes with the images of the saints as it is befitting that if the glory of the Master is hidden then His servants should not appear.
We can and should also veil our crucifixes and statues at home—or else put them in storage until Easter. This is very much a fast of the eyes as we journey closer to holy Easter.
FRIDAY IN PASSION WEEK
THE SEVEN DOLOURS OF OUR LADY
From the Liturgical Year—Vol.6 by Dom Gueranger
This Friday of Passion-week is consecrated in a special manner, to the sufferings which the holy Mother of God endured at the foot of the cross. The whole of next week is fully taken up with the celebration of the mysteries of Jesus' Passion; and although the remembrance of Mary's share in those sufferings is often brought before the faithful during Holy Week, yet, the thought of what her Son, our divine Redeemer, goes through for our salvation, so absorbs our attention and love, that it is not then possible to honour, as it deserves, the sublime mystery of the Mother's com-passion.
It was but fitting, therefore, that one day in the year should be set apart for this sacred duty: and what day could be more appropriate than the Friday of this week, which, though sacred to the Passion, admits the celebration of saints' feasts, as we have already noticed? As far back as the fifteenth century (that is, in the year 1423), we find the pious feast to be kept by his people. It was gradually introduced, and with the knowledge of the holy See, into several other countries; and at length, in the last century, Pope Benedict XIII, by a decree dated August 22, 1727, ordered it to be kept in the whole Church under the name of "the Feast of the Seven Dolours of the Blessed Virgin Mary," for, up to his time, it had g... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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