Thanks to everyone who sent in photographs of their churches with veils for Passiontide. We are looking forward to seeing your pictures of Palm Sunday and the rest of Holy Week.
Church of the Holy Ghost - Tiverton, R.I. (Fr. Jay Finelli, a.k.a. iPadre)
Holy Trinity - Kuldiga, Latvia
Hermitage Chapel of Our Lady of the Garden Enclosed - Warfhuizen, Groningen province, Netherlands
The person who submitted this photograph also tells us that the statue of the Virgin Mary in this shrine is never covered because it is a “Genadebeeld”, a statue (or picture) that is the focus of a pilgrimage. Note, however, that she is covered in black; a similar custom is common in Italy. The hermitage is actually inhabited by a hermit, whom the members of a confraternity help to veil the shrine. The second photograph shows what the chapel looks like without the veils.
Old St Mary’s - Cincinnati, Ohio
Chapelle du Sacré-Coeur de Lindthout, Brussels, Belgium
Oratory of Ss. Gregory and Augustine - St. Louis, Missouri
Abbey of St Gregory the Great (Downside Abbey) - Downside, Somerset England
Downside Abbey has continuously maintained the custom of veiling the statues and pictures in Passiontide, even in the refectory and sacristy, as seen below in the 2nd and 3rd pictures. (The chapel of St Sebastian by Comper is currently in this state because of restoration work being done on the roof.) In religious houses of all kinds, pictures and statues were traditionally veiled throughout in all the buildings, not just in the church itself.
St. Catherine Labouré - Middletown NJ
St Anthony of Padua - Cody, Wyoming
St. Mary of Perpetual Help - Chicago, Illinois
St Mary’s - Remson, Iowa
St Theresa - Corpus Christi, Texas
Church of Our Savior - New York City
Our Lady, Star of the Sea - Bremerton, Washington
St Joseph’s, Longsight - Manchester, England