As a preamble.
From a reader:
Here is a a picture I took, instead of Holy Water, or the sand, its a purple cloth. This is not my home parish, but I happen to be in that town this weekend and decided to go to the nearest church.
I was surprised to see this and also that the Mass was packed. I am not sure that anybody has said anything to the priest about it.
However there was a lady that asked one of the ushers where the water had gone and he just smiled with a nod. She exclaimed “this is the time when we need it the most”.