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question for Catholics about the alter this time of year

Every year our church covers all the statues and even the crucifix on the cross in the procession. There are no prayer candles lit and confession is canceled on Holy Saturday. Why? what is the point?

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Asked by Anonymous at 10:25 PM on Mar. 28, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • I believe it is to be sure that the focus is totally on Christ and the resurrection. When they cover those things they are sure there are no distractions in the Church.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:27 PM on Mar. 28, 2010

  • It's a solemn time of during the year to show respect for what Jesus went through leading up to the crucifixion. It's to remind us of the suffering Jesus endured.


    Answer by RyansMom001 at 11:15 PM on Mar. 28, 2010

  • It varies from parish to parish. Some parishes cover the statues starting the 5th Sunday of Lent, others only during Holy Week, others only on Holy Saturday. It's a custom that started back when crosses in churches had jewels or crosses with the risen Christ. If the crosses were covered, it was thought necessary to cover also all the other pictures and statues. It's a reminder that Lent is a time to focus on the Lord’s passion. And then when the Easter season starts everything is unveiled and we celebrate our new life in Christ.

    Answer by eringobrough at 11:57 PM on Mar. 28, 2010

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