Here are links to what I have already written about Lenten Array and its use in the English and other northern European traditions. It would be pointless to repeat what has been said in those postings and elsewhere on the internet. I changed into Lenten Array today. It should normally be done on Shrove Tuesday, but I have things to do in town tomorrow – so today was the day. I only have last year’s palms to burn to make the ashes, and then everything is ready to begin Lent.
Here is the chapel just before I began the “operation”.
The frontal is changed and the antependium is ready to be installed.
Only the dossal remains to be done, by the lenten cloth being pinned to the dossal.
Only the cross remains to be veiled.
Here is the statue of Our Lady with a vase of flowers. The flowers are removed.
This an all the other statues are veiled. With a square cloth, one corner is passed behind the statue’s back and no pinning is needed. The veils all come off beautifully and easily on Holy Saturday.
I then climbed up a stepladder to veil the Rood and the little statues of Our Lady of Westminster and St Edward, King and Confessor. Whilst I was up there, I took a photo of the altar from above. The hanging pyx is clearly seen.
Here is the rood screen with the veils.
The altar of Our Lady of Walsingham, with the statue and altar cross veiled.
High altar in complete Lenten Array
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