Holy Toledo – addendum

I’ve visited some of the greatest cathedrals in Europe and they all have their fair share of votive candles. I even lit a candle for my mother while in Notre Dame during our visit to Paris a few years back.

While visiting the cathedral in Toledo I was struck by a significant difference between their votive candles and all the ones I’ve seen previously in my life…


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They’re electric lights. You put your offering in the slot, say a prayer, push a button and a light comes on….

What’s the world coming to?

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6 thoughts on “Holy Toledo – addendum

  1. One word, lawyers!

    Every candles snuffed out, every unnecessary label required, every danger removed is because of idiots with no common sense, lawyers and litigious people that now reside in this country.

  2. This has been a really fun read so far, and of course the photography is great! I’m relieved you took time to see the Lucifer statue – it’s certainly a different world that produces (and retains) such art for public consumption.

    I was thinking of you two today, and not just out of jealousy because – me? – I’m surrounded by 200+ freshmen with varying degrees of pubescent shower skills. :) No, I noticed today that I have three students named Cindy. Not Cynthia, but Cindy. As in, “Cindy” is what is on their birth certificates. Of course, I remember that your Cynthia is never-ever-ever a Cindy, but now it seems the Cindys are reacting in kind! Anyway, just a heads up that Cynthia is even more original than ever. :)

  3. I’ve heard of the electric “candles”, though I don’t remember where or when or even why. Perhaps it is because of a safety feature as suggested by Robert (above), or it may be a cost consideration. Those little votive candles do get expensive.

    I echo Shari’s comment…I’m so enjoying your updates and your photos…sort of a vicarious enjoyment as I may never get to these wonderful places.

  4. I wonder if they’ve gone electric as a way to save the interior of the church from carbon buildup. All those candles are bound to emit a lot of black soot to deposit somewhere in the church. Maybe they’ve cleaned the statues and murals and this is an attempt to keep them clean longer? I know some folks who bought an 18th century home with carbon buildup on all the mouldings and chandeliers and such. I could see the cost savings of not having to buy candles, too.

  5. HA HA HA…you broke your glasses. Way to start your vacation. I hope you and your wife are having fun. The pics are looking marvelous…good job!

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