Lenten veil. For part or all of Lent, it is the custom to cover up images and statues in Catholic churches. The largest image in a medieval church was the rood, and the lenten veils were used to cover it and the reredos. Apparent fixings for the veils survive in several Norfolk churches. The practice ceased in English parish churches at the Reformation, but it was reintroduced to Anglicans in the late 19th century under the influence of the Oxford Movement. Although it has now died away again, several Norfolk Anglican churches still veil images in purple during Lent.