Saturday, 9 April 2011
I'd never heard the term "Passiontide" and, in any case, I would have thought it referred to Holy Week, because, in the Novus Ordo, Palm Sunday is also called Passion Sunday. I thought that "Passion Sunday" referred to the reading of the Passion at Mass from one of the Synoptic Gospels.
Clifford Carvalho put things very well:
"...we begin the season of Passiontide. It is when our Lenten practices get even more intense. We started light during Septuagesima. We got more intense during Lent. Now we get even more intense during Passiontide."
Of course, it's only if one is involved in veiling the statues, crucifixes and images of saints that one realises how many of them there actually are...
A happy and holy Passiontide to you all!
UPDATE: The inimitable Fr. Z has an excellent post on the gradual intensification of the penitential season, along with a poll about whether you have veiling at your parish.