Excerpt from Ancient English Holy Week Ceremonial
The spectacle presented to the eyes of the faithful in our English Churches in times anterior to the Reformation period in the Holy Season of Lent was one of exterior penitence. Not alone did the Church insist on the necessity of a sincere interior penitence, but also on the penance of the senses. Thus, in order that the minds of Her children should not be diverted from the sublime "Pagente of the Pacion" of Her Divine Lord and Master, She shrouded Her altars, and covered up with veils Her sacred pictures and images; hushed the notes of Her organs, and stilled the music of Her bells.
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