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EX VOTO

Something offered by promise or vow in thanksgiving for a favor received or for one being petitioned. Plaques at shrines are ex voto offerings that acknowledge cures or other important favors secured. Votive candles before an altar or shrine are lighted for the same reasons.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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