It really is just as magnificent as you've all said. Again, the camera simply cannot do the color justice. It's such a beautiful shade of plum and has a shimmer quality to it! I got a few compliments today from fellow parishioners.
Which, BTW, was nice since I haven't seen my fellow parishioners in a few weeks. I've been spending my weekends at a neighboring parish on account of getting in "face time" before Vince starts there in September. I want them to recognize me (and I want to be able to recognize them!).
Since I've been missing for a few weeks from my home parish, I've bumped into a few of them on the street and they've all asked where I've been. Then, when I stopped by the parish office to teach the secretary how to manipulate the website (which I've been doing off-site for almost two years), my pastor stopped me and said, "Hey, Gina! Long time no see. How've you been?"
I actually blushed because I was afraid he'd thought I was dodging Mass or something. However, when I explained I was visiting another parish, I was doubly ashamed because I almost felt like I was betraying him and our parish! Ha ha ha. I shrugged of the ridiculous feelings and went about my business, but isn't that silly? He knows I'm a bit of a butterfly parishioner. I'm constantly traveling around to churches all throughout our area. Besides, I don't see it as a big deal. In my mind, they're all different rooms in God's House, so what's the difference? I'm sure I'm not the only one who parish-hops.
Plus, knowing the various times that Mass / Confession is offered by the area parishes ensures I'm never "without," ya know? Also, each parish has its own unique artwork and we all know how much of a sucker I am for Catholic art. *Grin*
Anyway, a new veil is still up for grabs through the Big Lenten Giveaway. Be sure to stop by as you can enter daily. May you all continue to have a blessed Lent!