Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Holy Week in Maltese churches

It is customary that many churches do the minimum of decorations during the Lenten season, not only to accentuate the mood for this time of the year, but also because of traditions that some countries have. Some churches do not use any flowers at all. And even though it is no longer common practice, but many churches used to cover crucifixes, statues and other images during Lent. In my home country of Malta, some of the beautiful baroque churches hang black tapestries on the walls, all around the church. These walls are usually empty during the year, or covered in red tapestry during special celebrations, like the titular feast of that particular parish. These pictures show one particular church dressed up in black, signifying also the mourning that permeates the entire season, and especially Holy Week until Easter. 
The photos seen today show the parish church at Naxxar with some of the statues displayed around the church, and which will be carried in procession on Good Friday throughout the streets of this particular town. The black tapestries will be taken down as soon as Good Friday is over and will be replaced by red tapestries, in preparation for the Easter season, besides lots of flowers.

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