[GERMANY.SACHSEN 7505] 'Lent cloth, Zittau.' Zittauer Fastentuch (Lent Cloth), row 8, image 3: Jesus enters Jerusalem. In the Middle Ages during Lent such cloths would shroud the altar, the most holy, to make the congregation also fast in a spiritual sense. Originally they were white, later biblical stories were painted on them. They ultimately became quite huge and would hide the entire choir from sight with their comic strips. Only a handful has survived. The cloth in Zittau is the largest and most beautiful. Photo Zittauer Stadtmuseum.