The last two weeks of Lent comprise the season of Passiontide. As the Church directs her attention in earnest to the sufferings of our Lord, in a sense she now goes into mourning. Anything of joyful sentiment is completely subdued: the statues are draped in violet; the psalm Judica me is omitted at the prayers at the foot of the altar; and the Gloria Patri is absent throughout the Mass, indicating the grave offense against the Holy Trinity through the ploys to arrest and crucify our Savior. Passiontide serves as a great opportunity to renew the resolve of our Lenten penances, which sometimes tends to wane as Lent progresses.