It is an ancient custom in our faith to veil sacred images in the final two weeks of Lent. The idea is that, like so many other symbols of the faith, the visible instruments that remind us of who we are are little by little taken away from us as we approach Good Friday. This carries over ultimately to a situation wherein one enters a Catholic church on Holy Saturday in total darkness and total silence. The altar is stripped, the tabernacle is empty and wide open, the organ has been silenced, the holy water drained. Indeed, the imagery is one of death. All is gloriously restored in the Great Easter Vigil begun by the lighting of the Paschal candle, symbolizing the light of Christ.
For your pleasure, I have included several pictures of how my wife handled this task around our house. Again, I think it’s so important for Catholic parents to try to instill a deep-seated love of the faith in our children from an early age. Give them something to wonder about. Wait for them to come to you and ask “Mommy? Why is the crucifix covered in that purple cloth?” “Daddy, why are we so quiet today? Is it because of Great Friday?” That’s what my son calls Good Friday. Let us keep praying for one another. I believe that through our blogs, Catholic moms and dads, we’re strengthening each other and helping to raise better, more Catholic kids.
God be praised!
The title says it all, folks. PS: I’m still working on turning this blog into what I think it should be. All suggestions are helpful and appreciated.
Last night my beautiful and talented wife did something to tie together all of our Lenten observances with the impending papal resignation. She baked home-made pretzels to go with our nightly Lenten dinner of home-made soup. What tied things together was the fact that she baked some of them shaped like the keys of the papal coat of arms!
This afternoon, right after the final bell had rung, one of my young ladies approached and asked me a question. She’s a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (I did not know that about her) and she was going to be speaking at the regular Friday morning Scripture meeting on campus.
What amazed me was that her question was formulated so well. I don’t mean that to sound like she’s a blithering idiot. Simply, she’s one of the students who has never struck me as someone who’d be involved with a group like that. I was proud of her for sharing with me her thoughts on the talk she would be giving and honored that she came to ask me for Scripture quotes about athletics. Please say a prayer for her that her talk goes well.
My response, by the way, was to hit up Google and enter “Scripture quotes athletes”. No joke. I was pressed for time to pick up my daughter from ballet. Truthfully, the passages I found were more than appropriate and I know she’ll make good use of them. The are:
At the time, all discipline seems a cause not for joy but for pain, yet later it brings the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who are trained by it.
So strengthen your drooping hands and your weak knees.
…for, while physical training is of limited value, devotion is valuable in every respect, since it holds a promise of life both for the present and for the future.
(1 Tim. 4:8)
Well played, Google.