from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The two weeks between Passion Sunday and Easter.
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- n. The period in the Christian calendar from Passion Sunday to Holy Saturday.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The last fortnight of Lent.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In the Rom. Cath. calendar, the last two weeks of Lent, comprising Passion Week and Holy Week.
As with all processions, the subdeacon leads with the processional Cross, which, like all of the Crosses in Passiontide, is covered with a violet veil.
The veiling of Crosses in Passiontide is optional in the new rite, but if it done, the Missal no longer contains an exception for the Processional Cross of Palm Sunday.
New Liturgical Movement: More from Malta in Passiontide skip to main | skip to sidebar
Today is Palm Sunday, also called the Second Sunday in Passiontide in the traditional Roman Rite, which commemorates Our Lord's triumphant entry into Jerusalem riding on a donkey and being hailed by the people with shouts of triumph.
It is sometimes asked why crosses and crucifixes are veiled during Lent and Passiontide, that is, at the season when the Cross and Passion are supposed to be predominant in the Church's teaching.
In the traditional Roman rite, yesterday was the first Sunday in Passiontide.
We, therefore, refer the reader to the following chapter, in which we treat of the mysteries peculiar to Passiontide.
A bit of a busy time for the moment [more to come in a few hours however], so suffice it for me to quickly share a few images from our friends in Malta, from two of their churches in Passiontide, which are then apparently draped in black.
The interpreters of the liturgy tell us that this ceremony of veiling the crucifix during Passiontide, expresses the humiliation to which our Savior subjected Himself ...
Those who would like to read more about Passiontide may wish to consult this article in the Catholic Encyclopedia.