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As you enter the church today, the Fifth Sunday of Lent, you will notice a big change, all images in the church are covered. Crosses are unveiled after the celebration of the Lord’s Passion on Good Friday while all other images remain covered until the start of the Easter Vigil. Indeed, families may do same in their homes especially during this Covid 19 time when some families may not be able to join in the services in the church. We need to remind ourselves of this great tradition and pass it on to our children and grandchildren who will certainly ask questions.
The Church wants us to focus and deeply meditate on the Passion Story today and the liturgies of the Sacred Triduum. Above all, the veiled images prepare us for Easter Sunday, the Resurrection of Christ. The veils covering the images – and indeed, the symbolic veils burying our sins – are removed. The Light of the Resurrected Christ will shine on us, renewing us to begin a New Year led by the “Light of Christ” in fulfillment of Ezekiel’s prophecy (first reading). This new life in the Spirit or Light of Christ” is confirmed by Paul (second reading) and evidenced by Lazarus’ gift of a new life (Gospel reading).
Msgr. Raphael Peprah