It is a Catholic tradition that two weeks before Easter all crucifixes, statues
and pictures in the church are covered with purple cloth. This is done for a
number of reasons. It is part of the Church’s liturgical self-denial; we deny
ourselves these beautiful sacred images. Since we are to meditate even more on
the Crucifixion of Our Lord during these two weeks before Easter, not seeing the
Crucifixes and not being distracted by other images, compels us to use our
imagination even more than usual. The veiling also reminds us that prior to the
Crucifixion, which we will commemorate on Good Friday, we did not have any
saints. It also reminds us that before Christ’s Crucifixion, there was a veil
that separated us from God and the beautiful things of God, such as His Saints.
The veiling also reminds us not to take things, and people, for granted. When
we are deprived of these sacred images for a short period of time, we appreciate
them more fully afterward.