Necessary Articles for the sick room in a catholic homes.
The box reads: “In every catholic household the day will come when it will be necessary that the sacraments be administered to the sick or the dying ones. Therefore, it would be well to gave in readiness every thing needed for such an occasion. The appropriate thing is a small table about two feet square, covered with a white clean cloth. Upon this table will be placed a standing Crucifix with two Blessed Candles, which should be lighted when the priest is expected, a saucer or another receptacle containing holy water and bough for aspiration. On the left side of the table will be placed a glass of fresh water, a towel and a napkin to be used as a communion cloth. This form, as it were, an altar on which the blessed sacrament is placed when the hold Viaticum is given. Prayer books, rosaries, pictures or such articles should never be placed on this table.
For Extreme-Unction, it will be necessary to prepare, besides those articles above mentioned, some clean absorbent cotton with small crumbs of bread. The face, hands and feet of the sick person should be washed before the priests arrival. When the priest is bringing the Blessed Sacrament to the home, it is a splendid custom for one of the family to meet him at the door with a lighted candle. All others present should kneel when he enters. For the administration of the sacraments, blessed candles of Beeswax should be used.”
The candles contained in these boxes do not look beeswax to me and if they are they are so old they lost the scent.
2 Candles in a vintage box with candle holders on the backside. I do not recommend using the box as a holder unless you want to burn your house down and then I am stating here that I am not responsible for your stupidity.
I love using church items for witchcraft and I think these would be great for general purification rituals.
As Christianity swept into pagan lands, and it officially replaced the old religions, sometimes remnants of the old culture and religion remained, however, and rather than discarding the old gods entirely, some cultures re-branded the native gods as Christian saints.