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  • Beginning on the Fifth Sunday of Lent, the practice of covering crosses and statues throughout the Basilica is observed. Crosses remain covered until the end of the Celebration of the Lord’s Passion on Good Friday; and statues remain covered until the beginning of the Easter Vigil. This tradition helps us to have a fast of the eyes as a form of “fasting from beauty” just as we fast from other senses (food, drink, etc.). It helps us to concentrate on the great essentials of Christ's work of Redemption and reminds us of the penitential nature of Lent. The veiling of the cross emphasizes the unveiling and showing of the cross on Good Friday. The veiling of statues and images is intended to stir up desire for the return of Christ and symbols of Christ at Easter.

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  • lenten prayer

    Almighty and ever living God,
    you invite us deeper into your world, your people, your Lent.
    May this time be one of outward focus;
    seeking you in those we often ignore.
    Help us live a Lent focused on freedom, generosity, and encounter.
    Give us hearts hungry to serve you
    and those who need what we have to give.

    Author Unknown

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