Passiontide Veiling ~ A Shroud Of Separation

The purple veils / shrouds in the Church this Sunday are associated with Passion Sunday's Gospel (John 8:46-59), in which Jesus "hid himself" from the people.

St. Peter's ~ Steubenville, Ohio 2016
The Lenten veils also dramatize the separation of sin.

Lenten veiling, we might say further, suggests the shroud of sin, its deception and shame. The veil recalls the fig leaves of Adam and Eve; their fear to stand naked before their Creator; the first sign of the devastation of the goodness of creation. The veil sets before us the distorting deception of sin, and mirrors our capacity for self-deceit. The veil suggests our discomfort before the truth, especially before the judgement of the Cross. The veil silently declares “that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil” (John 3:19). For more see LINK/source

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