For the heart that sends prayers to heaven.
Lux - Light
The Lux Sancta votive is inspired by the extravagant devotion that sinners and saints over the ages have confessed upon encountering the burning flame of Divine Love of the Sacred Heart of God. Sancta Maria Magdalena is one such woman. In a daringly “beautiful” act, she breaks an alabaster jar of costly perfume over the feet of Jesus, anointing them, washing them with her tears and kissing them. She unites passion and purity in one act, leaving us a legacy of hope for the conversion and redemption of even the most lost or hardened of hearts – even our own – once it has known the fire of Divine Love.
Deep down, we are all the Magdalena, with restless hearts created for celestial greatness yet chasing after the fleeting false promises of “happiness” in harmful places. We have all run after the dross of earth, only to find ourselves empty and back where we started: lost and questioning our worth.
This time, Royal, run to Him.
The Magdalena wants to show you how to gather up your own alabaster jar and place it at his feet, where you will pour out your tears and the sweet costly perfume of your prayers, drying them with the flames of your feeble love.
God will bend toward you and raise you up, and with the fire of Divine Love from his Sacred Heart, he will purify your broken heart…and make it worthy. He will clothe you in dignity and grace. He will crown you with the majesty of heaven. Let Him turn to you and speak to your heart these holy and healing words, “Your sins are forgiven… Your faith has saved you; go in peace…” that you will then become “she who has loved much”.
When the world recalls your shame, God recalls your royalty.
“Why do you make trouble for this woman? She has done a beautiful thing for me… Amen, I say to you, wherever this gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be spoken of, in memory of her.”
Maria Magdalena’s story can be found in Matthew 26:6-13, Mark 14:3-9, Luke 7:37-39, John 12:1-8.
Sancta Maria Magdalena / Ora pro nobis
HOW the LUX SANCTA CANDLE is MADE
At House of Royals, we spent many months searching for and developing the Pure Heart Alabaster Candle. From the sourcing of raw, unpolished white alabaster that would soften with the natural oils from a hand’s touch and showcase each individual piece’s unique fine marbling, to the prayerful hand pouring of the 100% beeswax inserts with all organic materials by faith-filled local artisans on location at our studio, these exquisite votive candles have at last become a fitting representation of this exchange of love and devotion between Divine and human hearts.
Each candle has been handcarved from raw alabaster stone. The white vessel is raw, and will come unpolished, bearing unique markings and marbling, and even still carry some of the fine dust particles from the artisan’s work. Depending on your desired aesthetic, it is possible to give this candle a “polished look”, by rubbing it with a small amount of oil, however, this process is irreversible and will make the candle very translucent, so guarantee that this is the look you are wanting to achieve.
Featured here - An original Alabastron on display at the Getty Museum. This one is handcrafted in Egypt, raw and unpolished, like the perfume alabastron Mary Magdalene would have historically broken and poured on Jesus' feet.
Designed with a critical eye for beauty and craftsmanship, and made with the wholesome goodness of beeswax to evoke liturgical candles in churches of old, these candles lit prayerfully will scatter darkness through their fiery flicker, symbolizing the triumph of God’s light and glory over all spiritual darkness. A hard fuel, beeswax burns with the hottest of the candle flames, requiring a large cotton wick that will create a naturally superlative burn time and brightness. Unscented but for the lingering aroma of honey, your candle will not toxify the air like paraffin or synthetic wax candles, but will rather emit negative ions that purify the atmosphere wherever it is burned.
Alabaster candles are also a translucent stone, and will glow luminously in darkness, especially once the insert has burned down (or with a tea light). Finally, capped with a matching lid that doubles as a candle coaster, these beautiful votives, for you or for a loved one, offer an intimate, transcendent reminder of a loving God who hears our prayers, shares in our sufferings, and celebrates our joys.
Make a holy light an essential element of your home sanctuary and living a life full of grace, lighting it in the quiet stillness of cool mornings, in the busyness of daily life or in the shadows of evening. Light it in honor of those you love, those who are hard to love, and those in need, and send your intentions heavenward. Let it become a light for you in times of darkness and a reflection of joy in times of thanks and praise. Little by little, let God’s love shine into the depths of your own heart and ignite love and light within you, so that you may become light to others.
Raw hand carved alabaster votive (Stands 4″ high and approximately 4″ in diameter)
Raw hand carved alabaster lid & coaster (.5″ thick and 4″ diameter)
100% Hand poured organic beeswax insert with holy medal (3.5″ high and 3″ diameter) with 30-33 hour prayer burn time
Carved and engraved in Delhi, India. Handpoured in prayer on location at our private studio in Los Angeles, California, by the all-organic artisanal BeeWell Candle Co and House of Royals team. Take care to trim the wick before each new burning to 1/4 inch. Longer burn times are helpful for beeswax candles so they pool and burn evenly; however, never leave a candle unattended or around children or pets. Candles become extremely hot and caution is recommended. Continue to refill your votive with inserts or tea lights, or feel free to reuse your votive creatively in whatever way inspires you, for example, as a vase, a makeup brush holder, or family rosary holder.Shop the Lux Sancta Alabaster Prayer Candle