The main freestanding altar with the reredos behind it:
"The last two weeks of Lent from the season called Passiontide. During this time all crucifixes and sacred images in the church are veiled in violet after None on the preceding Saturday..."
The Ordo for the Ordinary Form of the Mass states:
"In the dioceses of the United States, the practice of covering crosses and images throughout the church from the 5th Sunday of Lent may be observed. Crosses remain covered until the end of the celebration of the Lord's Passion on Good Friday, but images remain covered until the beginning of the Easter Vigil.
In addition to that, the Roman Missal ever since the reform, from 1973, has always indicated that during the 5th week of Lent, the first Preface for the Passion be used and not the Lenten prefaces. Then on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of Holy Week, the second Preface for the Passion be used. Doesn't that tell you something????
Sadly, the post-Vatican II revised calendar doesn't use the term "Passiontide" for the last two weeks of Lent, but in reality, Passiontide is still observed.
Holy Father, please call Passiontide a season of Lent officially again as well as the season of Septuagesima prior to Lent! There's no need for a radical departure from the Ordinary Form calendar, just some minor housekeeping to it to include also "Time after Epiphany" and "Time after Pentecost" rather than Ordinary Time and restore the Octave of Pentecost and Ember days. It would be so simple to do, pretty please.