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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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    Please, Lord, guide my mind with your truth.
    Strengthen my life by the example of Jesus.
    Help me to be with Jesus in this week
    as he demonstrates again his total love for me.
    He died so that I would no longer
    be separated from you.
    Help me to feel how close you are
    and to live in union with you.

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