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Ask Fr. Francis: When and why the statues and cross in the church are covered or removed during Lent?

The following is an excerpt from askfrfrancis.orgFr. Francis Ching, CC answers tough questions about the Catholic faith.

Question: 

When and why the statues and cross in the church are covered or removed during Lent?

Fr. Francis' answer:

The practice of covering the images of Christ and other holy images is uniquely Western. In the current Roman Missal, it is stated that this may take place on the Saturday afternoon before the fifth Sunday of Lent. However, since each local practice may vary, this is not obligatory, and some places may choose to cover the images at a later time in Lent. The coverings are removed typically during the Holy Saturday decoration, in preparation for celebrating the Easter Vigil...

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