"Traditionally the final two weeks of Lent in the Roman Rite are used as an immediate preparation for the sorrowful events of the Easter drama. It is a period of time to focus more and more on the Passion and death of Jesus and so accompany him on his way to Calvary.
For several centuries the Fifth Sunday of Lent (this coming Sunday) was known as “Passion Sunday” and marked the beginning of a special sub-season called Passiontide, which extended up until Holy Saturday. During this time the Church’s liturgy became more somber and a sorrowful mood was reflected in the various practices that occurred in the liturgy.
The most obvious example of a more somber mood was the veiling of statues and images, which remains an optional practice in the current Roman Missal: “In the Dioceses of the United States, the practice of covering crosses and images throughout the church from [the fifth] Sunday [of Lent] may be observed. Crosses remain covered until the end of the Celebration of the Lord’s Passion on Good Friday, but images remain covered until the beginning of the Easter Vigil.”
Our parish, as you can see, is taking part in this practice, turning our focus to the stations of the cross, the only thing that remains before our eyes. I would recommend reading chapters 22 and 23 of Luke's Gospel, with the resurrection narratives following from there. There is no better way to pray during these last two weeks of Lent. May they be a benefit to our souls as we place ourselves at the foot of the cross and witness the love that won our salvation, and cry out to Jesus our promises of fidelity and devotion in our daily lives. Do not be afraid to look at Jesus and draw close to Him. He desires your heart more than you can imagine, and he will never fail you.
Saint Thérèse, the little flower, pray for us to persevere this Lent!