Purple, or violet, is the color associated with Lent. Originally purple involved using the most expensive dyes, and was only seen with people of wealth and power and especially with royalty. Purple is also the color of mourning and anticipates the suffering of the crucifixion.
Royal Purple, Fine Feasting
Lord, it’s so easy in our world today
to lose sight of the real meaning
of our existence
to lose sense of you,
our living and true God.
We can become attached to material things
we can idolize
the rich, the famous, the celebrities,
the icons of the modern world.
We can make gods of food and fashion
become engrossed in things trivial,
fads here today, fashions gone tomorrow.
We can forget you, our living and true God,
the meaning of existence.
Lord, help me this Lent
to put you at the forefront of my thoughts,
even just for a few moments each day.
Help me to pray. Amen.
Source: From Fasting to Feasting, a prayer booklet by Fr. Patrick Sayles, SSC