We are now in Passiontide, the last two weeks before Easter.  Statues are covered in purple, and parts of the liturgy (mass in the Extraordinary Form, as well as in the Liturgy of the Hours) are trimmed.  Today’s Gospel for the Extraordinary Form includes the line, “Jesus autem abscondebat se” — Jesus hid himself from them.  Traditionally, the Friday of Passiontide (the Friday before Good Friday) commemorates the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady.

The Church has packed lots into these two weeks (next week being Holy Week) to help us redouble our Lenten efforts and prepare for the intensity of the Triduum so that we are ready to share the joy of Easter.