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Postby Ferrus » Fri Dec 22, 2006 4:10 am

'Votive' - the dictionary definitions seem not to help here.
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Postby Perry » Fri Dec 22, 2006 11:21 am

It seems to be connected to special intentions. For example, a votive mass would be dedicated to a special purpose (say to pray for someone's health or for an armistice agreement). A votive candle would therefore be a candle lit by one person who is praying for someone or something.

But don't take my word for it (I'm Jewish). Let's see if any of the Catholics among us can add to our knowledge.
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Postby sluggo » Fri Dec 22, 2006 2:30 pm

While our dictionary to the left of this box says: dedicated in fulfillment of a vow; "votive prayers", and one can see a relationship to devotion, I don't remember ever hearing this word as a Catholic. I do remember hearing it as a candle customer, that was about it.

Then again I didn't get as deep into it as I could've. I was actually going to be an altar boy until someone pointed out what the term would look like in past tense...
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Postby Ferrus » Fri Dec 22, 2006 3:28 pm

Well I saw an example wherein the context was seeking something, 'a votive prayer'.
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Postby gailr » Fri Dec 22, 2006 11:04 pm

Perhaps the definition of votary will help?
And a more poetic description is here.
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Postby Stargzer » Fri Dec 22, 2006 11:15 pm

Well, let's start at the fount of all knowledge: Wikipedia:

Votive

Votive candle

American Heritage Dictionary:

votive

ADJECTIVE: 1. Given or dedicated in fulfillment of a vow or pledge: a votive offering. 2. Expressing or symbolizing a wish, desire, or vow: a votive prayer; votive candles.

ETYMOLOGY: Latin vōtīvus, from vōtum, vow. See vote.

OTHER FORMS: vo' tive·ly —ADVERB



And a slew (not a sleigh!) of links at New Advent's Catholic Encyclopedia.
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Postby sluggo » Sat Dec 23, 2006 12:09 am

One can, one vote(ry).

And please light one up for Mazda, Lord of the Votary engine.
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Postby gailr » Sat Dec 23, 2006 12:35 am

I'm still hoping to see someone alter the maker's mark on one of these vehicles to read Ahura Mazda.

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ps: the first link takes you to a nice virtual votive flame, should you wish to intercede for your car...
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Postby sluggo » Sat Dec 23, 2006 1:04 am

gailr wrote:I'm still hoping to see someone alter the maker's mark on one of these vehicles to read Ahura Mazda.

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ps: the first link takes you to a nice virtual votive flame, should you wish to intercede for your car...



Hey, the RX-7 sold well in Zoroastria...
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Postby skinem » Sat Dec 23, 2006 1:15 am

Aahhh...the Wankel...the engine that goes "hhhhhmmmmmmmm..."
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Postby sluggo » Sat Dec 23, 2006 1:18 am

skinem wrote:Aahhh...the Wankel...the engine that goes "hhhhhmmmmmmmm..."


Hey, watch yore langidge, mate!:wink:

Wow I hadn't thought of that commercial since the dark daze of disco.
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