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Why is the cross and statues covered in purple? The missal recommends we cover statues and other symbols of the faith today … as we move closer to Holy Week we begin to recall the alienation and the seeming absence of God… a feeling that is captured in that psalm of Holy Week “my God why have you abandoned me”. So these statues are covered as a a visceral reminder of those who live in the shadows… those who cannot proclaim their faith aloud without risking their very lives … those who experience God as distant. We stand with them but we also accompany them into light when on Easter these same images are adorned with light and flowers… as an abundant symbol of the love of God that conquers any separation, and death itself.

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