Question of the Day for Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Q. If we put up a wooden cross in the sanctuary for Ash Wednesday/Lent draped in violet, and white for Easter, do we leave it until Pentecost Sunday and then remove it after that feast?
S.P., via e-mail
A. Here is a reply from Father Francis Hoffman, J.C.D.:
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, and the liturgical color for Lent is violet. It is appropriate to drape the crucifix and appoint the sanctuary with violet cloth during Lent. Once we arrive at Passion Sunday, the crucifix and other sacred images can be completely covered over with a violet cloth. On Easter, the violet disappears and is replaced with white, symbolic of the fullness of color and light, since “Christ is the Light of the World.” The Easter season ends on Pentecost Sunday, and at that time the white drape over the crucifix can be removed.
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