Day 343: Beautiful Church

Rachel, Day by Day

As you can see, I went to church today! Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. I told you this yesterday, but I’m giving up coffee. It’ll be hard for me since it’s become a habit to drink a cup or two every day. I almost did grab some this morning, but I stopped myself! Anyway, I went to this church in town for the first time ever, and I think it’s gorgeous. The first photo is of part of the altar. Look at that detail! It was breathtaking and I was in awe. The stained glass windows and the painting is beautiful, too. I love detailed architecture, and you can definitely notice it on the altar. I also wonder how long it takes to build such detailed work. The second photo is of the side of the church. All of the windows are stained glass like this. I wonder how you make stained glass like that, too! It’s amazing. It looks like it would have to be made in pieces and then put together at the end. I could be wrong about that, but it looks difficult. I love it, though.

I’m really glad I went to church. I must say, I’ve never seen so many people in a church in my entire life. It was so crowded that people had to stand in the back. I was there early enough to get a seat, though. I always go to church when I’m up north with family, but I have yet to find one in Champaign. As I sat in the church, I felt really guilty. Probably because I’ve lived here for years now and haven’t made much effort to find a church. After a while, it felt right, but different. I don’t know how else to explain it. It was a good, but weird feeling. I liked what the priest said during the homily. He talked about confession and how we go because we need help. I realized that I need help and want to go to confession soon. I don’t feel as close to God as I used to, and that’s been bothering me lately. I want to feel that good connection again. I think I’ll slowly get there somehow.

He did have a funny joke at the end. He said, “Don’t forget to get your ashes here again on Sunday.” 🙂

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