Wordless Wednesday: Here, Now: I Love You.

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No better time to say it.


These votives are at the entrance of the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York City. People write their messages or prayers with Sharpies and then light them. When we were there, Della and her friend walked around them for a long time. Despite being surrounded by some pretty incredible ecclesiastical art, these candles and their homespun messages captivated them. What gets me about them is that they are messages to us as well as the departed. Whatever the writing, the candle says, "Love me. Please." How not to?

Wordless Wednesday

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  1. oh, wow.

    and I don't know the story, Sandy.
    but this just breaks me nonetheless.

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  2. These photos are powerful. They go straight to the heart.

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  3. Beautiful imagery and powerful message.
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  4. Beautiful and powerful indeed! You do capture the very best of both always, Sandy! Enjoy the rest of your week!

    Sylvia

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  5. I always liked lighting candles. Beautiful.

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  6. interesting, never knew people wrote messages on the candle holders...

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  7. I always thought that one of the most beautiful things about Catholicism was the prayer candles in every Catholic church. Do other Christian churches do prayer candles as well?

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  8. It is odd how lighting a candle can be so soothing.

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  9. The pictures of the candles are beautiful. I've been to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. It's a beautiful cathedral.

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  10. Thanks for showing such humbly important genius!






    Aloha from Waikiki

    Comfort Spiral

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  11. That message really got to me.
    Beautiful photos. really moving.
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

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  12. Beautiful photography and writing.;) Very touching...
    xoxo

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  13. That one message in front is quite touching. It is interesting how one's attention can turn from high art to simple messages...

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  14. This is amazing. Heart warming yet tragic and sad.

    My Wednesday Post: INCOMING!!

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  15. that is a brilliant idea!

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  16. You always have such great insight. You are right they say "love me."

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  17. Anonymous8:51 AM

    wow, that photo speaks volumes.

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  18. Beautiful shots. Powerful.

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  19. How cool is that! Yep-I could stand there till I read them all : )

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  20. So moving! Doesn't it make you want to stand near by and give out hugs?

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  21. Very uplifting images. Beautiful.

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  22. It is truly breathtaking.

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  23. WHAT - we must have missed each other by just a few days, Sandy.

    I only just returned from NYC after a brief visit with the entire Authorblog family - and yes, we caught up with DarylE in Times Square!

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  24. In Borneo, in the Roman Catholic churches, we have lots of candles. We wrote notes on paper, put in a slotted box, and give some coins to light a candle.

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  25. What powerful pictures!

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  26. it has truly left me wordless... beautiful capture.

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  27. such a lovely reminder. I remember the first time I lit a candle in a church was in Paris, a lovely memory.

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  28. Such messages as "I miss you dad..." make me so sad, thinking of all the people who died in the past few years.
    This is a very beautiful post!

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  29. Beautiful, Sandy.

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  30. Beautifully touching post, Sandy. There really are no words.

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  31. Anonymous11:49 AM

    Beautiful.
    Your post helps me understand, much more than before, the aching and the purpose of the votives in those cathedrals.
    Thanks to Hilary for pointing me here.

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