Monday, March 18, 2013

The Ethiopian Misereor Hunger Veil

In the early Middle Ages, it was a practice during Lent to divide the Sanctuary from the other part of the church by means of a veil.

This veil was removed on the Wednesday of Holy Week only. The deep significance of this liturgical practice is that the faithful should experience the fact of not seeing the Sanctuary of the Altar during Lent as an act of penance. A few centuries later, people began to adorn the plain linen veil with pictures and symbols of the Passion. In the design of this Misereor Hunger Veil, the Indian Christian artist Jyoti Sahi has depicted the destitution and bitterness of the life of his countrymen interwoven with the hope in the changing power of faith and solidarity with the Christians of his time. This veil will be hanging in Wisdom House until  March 27.