If you have read my other posts about the crazy/awesome things I find at the dollar store, then you are in for a treat. I've never seen anything like this, and couldn't wait to share it.
I'm not trying to bash Catholicism. I actually find it one of the more comforting forms of Christianity, at least what little I know about it. But I'm not going to pretend I totally understand it, either. And with that, I saw this at the dollar store and knew I had to bring it home because it was so... weird.
I've seen novena candles before. They're just as commonly associated with Santeria, Hoodoo, Witchcraft, etc. these days as they are with Catholicism and Christianity. But the ones I've seen (that don't outright list spell uses) all have pictures of Mary, Jesus, angels, or the saints on them. So... since when did Catholics start worshiping Death?
Even more bizarre is the prayer to "Saintly Death" on the side of the candle. it reads:
"Death, dear to my heart, don't abandon me, protect me and from this moment, cover my house, work or business so that you attract white energies of the universe so that it is never absent and that all our needs are covered by the divine power of God the Father.
By the virtues you possess I will overcome all obstacles and not tolerate people who wish me evil, but positive people who only know how to love and respect all human beings who inhabit this planet.
I do not covet riches, but a life without shortcomings and I welcome you to protect me at night and during the day. So be it and it will. Amen."
I like the prayer on the candle as a good all-purpose prayer to whoever, but what I don't get is why you would say it to Death, of all entities.
Also interesting is the way Saintly Death is portrayed. He looks like a typical Grim Reaper, except his scythe is missing, and he wears the white robe of a saint. I suppose this is to make him look more like the Angel of Death. In one hand, he holds the Scales of Justice, and in the other hand is... what, a crystal ball? The earth? He's also glowing against a starry night sky background. And, I'm pretty sure that what the prayer says about attracting "white energies of the universe" is the reason that the candle color inside the jar is also white.
Has anyone else seen any really strange novena candles? Now that I've seen this, I suppose there are all sorts of interesting beings being prayed to for various reasons. The Catholic church literally recognizes thousands of saints, with a whole host of bizarre patronages. In a quick search, I turned up patron saints for thieves, amputees, natural disasters, pallbearers, excessive rain, television, even things like fear of wasps and protection against moles! So all things considered, I guess praying to Death isn't that weird after all.