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Why Are Statues Covered in Purple

Categories: Liturgical


Sunday, April 2, 2017, Fifth Sunday of Lent.  As you enter The Shrine on the Fifth Sunday of Lent you will see that all statues and images are covered or veiled in purple cloth.

It is an ancient custom of the Church to veil images during the time of the Lord’s Passion. Many Churches in the world continue this custom today.

It is an act of fasting – not from food or meat, but an act of fasting for our eyes. Our eyes are not given the pleasure of the sacred images for two weeks. At Easter, we again will feast our eyes on the beauty of the art that enhances the Shrine.

It calls all who enter the Shrine to enter inward to the heart, contemplating the great gift of the Lord’s Death and Resurrection. Without any other focus, we are called to remember the central mysteries of our redemption during this holy time.

It creates an environment of penance and royal hope as we anticipate the reawakening of the Alleluia at the Easter Vigil.

It can be a reminder that our lives are to be hidden in Christ, and find their only meaning in His Cross.

Palm Sunday

Categories: Liturgical


Sunday, April 9, 2017 Palm Sunday 

Masses at 8:30 am and 11:00 am, Fr. Richard N. Fragomeni, Ph.D., Presider

Easter Triduum 2017

Categories: Liturgical

  • Holy Thursday, April 13, 2017, Mass of the Lord’s Supper – 7:00 pm, Rev. John Belmonte, SJ, & Rev. Richard N. Fragomeni, Ph.D.
  • Good Friday, April 14, 2017, Stations of the Cross, 12:00 pm noon
  • Good Friday, April 14, 2017, The Passion of the Lord, 7:00 pm, Rev. John Belmonte, SJ, & Rev. Richard N. Fragomeni, Ph.D.
  • Holy Saturday, April 15, 2017, Easter Vigil, 9:00 pm, Rev. John Belmonte, SJ, & Rev. Richard N. Fragomeni, Ph.D.
  • Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017, 8:30 am Rev. John Belmonte, SJ, & 11:00 am Rev. Richard N. Fragomeni, Ph.D.