Fr. Z has a poll up ...
Fr. Z is asking if your church covered statues today. My answer: No.
If he asked about organ and instrumental music during Lent, and now in Passiontide, my answer would be: Yes.
I read in Magnificat last Sunday that instrumental music is permitted for Laetare Sunday - that's how I knew things were done differently at my parish.
I don't want to complain - it's not my call. I'm so grateful for Mass and the Blessed Sacrament and the availability of the Sacrament of Penance. So many people do not have that.
I won't complain either. Although we have ugly statues, an ugly worn out tabernacle-box off to the side - but I try not to look. We do have a huge hot-tub type Baptismal pool which one can't avoid seeing though. The church could be beautiful - but it's not.
The bright side is that it can be an aid to deeper recollection - keeping one's eyes closed when praying, focusing upon the readings and the Mass. It allows for a deeper poverty of spirit, as well as a sense of unity with those who pray in exile, in makeshift churches or dangerous circumstances - those whose churches have been destroyed or taken away. The 'privations' at my parish are nothing in comparison and really are a blessing and a reminder to pray with greater fervor - especially for those most in need of mercy.