Saturday, April 5, 2014

TO VEIL OR NOT TO VEIL: THAT IS THE QUESTION!

Well, of course at St. Joseph Church in Macon we veiled!  It is Passiontide after all! In some of the photos below you will also see the progress that began on Tuesday of extending the first step of the sanctuary forward to accommodate our new altar railing.

But the most pressing issue or question is, "did you parish veil statues? Does your parish have statues?

11 comments:

Henry said...

Of course, my parish veils its (numerous) statues and all crucifixes for Passiontide. Even the way out liberal parish nearest me does so. There are Catholic parishes somewhere that don't?

Van said...

My parish does not have statues. My pastor believes in "noble simplicity" to a fault.

Cameron said...

Van, that assumes that all simplicity is noble. I'd call that ignoble simplicity.

Shelly said...

We have no statues in the nave, and the two small ones we have in the Eucharistic Chapel have never been veiled.

JBS said...

I think the Catholic and Jewish liturgical use of veils is meant to "reveal" the sacred nature of an object or space, such as when the Temple veil "revealed" the apparently "empty" space of the last Temple, or when the chalice is veiled during the liturgy of the word.

In this case, on the other hand, I think these are simply coverings truly meant to obscure the objects under them.

Anonymous said...

Van: We had to get the statues out of churches to show that we don't worship statues.

Now we worship tacky banners and fruity stained glass and '70s-style paintings instead.

Anonymous said...

I saw a website today where you can buy burqas (burkas?) for $27.95. One size fits all...for statues and clergy and parishioners.

Gene said...

Re: Burkas. Yeah, those Muslim kids look so cute in those burkas. Ah, but they blow up so fast…LOL!

Ted K said...

Does it really make sense to have a veiling of statues at all if the traditional Gospel of Jesus hiding is no longer used on Lent 5 Sunday?

rcg said...

Veiled: Yes.

John Nolan said...

I've just been listening to an Anglican vicar on the radio. He correctly identified yesterday as Passion Sunday but went slightly off the point when he wittered on about Jesus having a 'passion' for helping people.

The Catholic priest who frequently appears on this slot is a well-known Irish dissident who was censured by the Holy Office in 2010 as 'a source of great scandal'. Not long ago he spoke of his joy when Benedict abdicated and claims that Pope Francis agrees with his heterodox opinions.