Covering crucifixes

In Paul Turner's Blog by Paul Turner

Q:  It was my understanding that a crucufix must be shown for Mass. Our church has everything covered in purple(already) including the processional Cross,no crucifix showing anywhere. It doesn’t seem right, is it?

A:  The instructions for the optional covering of crucifixes appears in the missal at the beginning of the Fifth Sunday of Lent. It does not distinguish between the cross on the altar and the crosses in the church, but I agree with you. If the processional cross carries a corpus, it is best left exposed, and the main crucifix for the celebration of the mass should best be left uncovered. If incense is used, for example, the priest will need to incense that cross.