These candles are all mixed, prepared, and completed homemade by Pastor Gaven Mize. They are perfect for the members who are sensitive to incense and for the home devotional space!
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the penitential season of Lent. We are reminded that because we have sinned we shall die. Genesis records the words of God, “By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” This candle captures the aroma of recently upturned dirt to remind us of the grave. Yet, there are four different types of wood infused to remind us of the cross that rescued us from the grave. This earth candle is perfect for your daily readings in the Psalms and during worship.
During the holy season of Lent, we are reminded of our sins and what they have wrought in our lives. The wages of our sin is death. Yet, Christ came to die for sinners. In St. John 12 a woman named Mary anointed Jesus with an expensive oil called nard (or Spikenard) as to honor Him. Likewise, Christ was anointed with this oil before His death. St. John records, “Mary therefore took a pound of expensive ointment made from pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.” This Lenten scented candle carries a heavy aroma of spikenard, yet as notes of juniper and other hints of this holy season.
Isaiah 66 reads, “Rejoice with Jerusalem, and be glad for her, all you who love her;
rejoice with her in joy, all you who mourn over her; that you may nurse and be satisfied from her consoling breast; that you may drink deeply with delight from her glorious abundance.” Laetare Sunday is the fourth Sunday in Lent and we are called upon to rejoice (Laetare means to rejoice) for even during despair we drink deeply from Christ’s abundance. This candle should also be used during Advent on Gaudete Sunday (Gaudete also means to rejoice). There is a strong fragrance of rose petals in this candle as well as nots of hyssop and lilies. You will want this one for your devotional stocks for sure!
Christ the lamb of God took away the sins of the world on that Good Friday. After the flogging and the mocking they gave our Lord over to the soliders who nailed Christ to the cross. Yet, he refused the sour wine and gall upon the cross. Yet, what He did take upon Himself was the bitterness of death. In Rev. Chapter 8 it is read, “The third angel blew his trumpet, and a great star fell from heaven, blazing like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water. The name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters became wormwood, and many people died from the water, because it had been made bitter.” To remind us of the bitterness of Christ’s death this candle is based with the oil of wormwood mixed with a blend of scriptural oils of preparation for the burial of the dead. On that Good Friday all was atoned for mankind. It was Finished!
“Christians, to the paschal victim offer your thankful praises -a lamb the sheep redeeming, Christ, who only is sinless, reconciling sinners to the Father. Death and life have contended in that combat stupendous; the prince of life, who died, reigns immortal.” These words from the hymn “Christians, to the Paschal Victim” summarizes the ever-present joy and gladness we as Christians know when we travel to the tomb in faith and hear the words on Easter morning, “He is not here! He is arisen just like He said!” This celebratory candle carries with it a large bouquet of Easter lilies mixed with a floral blend! Yet, there is a final note of Amber the sap from fossilized wood reminding us that the sacrifice once for sins is now over. Alleluia!
“Satan, hear this proclamation: I am baptized into Christ! Drop your ugly accusation; I am not so soon enticed. Now that to the font I’ve traveled, all your might has come unraveled, And, against your tyranny, God, my Lord, unites with me!” So the beloved baptismal hymn goes forth as a banner. This candle is a reminder and celebration of our baptisms into the death and resurrection of Christ, our Lord. From ancient times there has been the practice of anointing baptismal candidates with a mixer of oils called Chrism. This oil is made up of 57 different oils and has a base of virgin olive oil. This candle is the wax burning version of that Chrism to remind us of our baptism. The Chrism is homemade by Pastor Gaven Mize and is used only for this candle for the reembrace of our salvation.
"The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting, "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!" St. Matthew 21:7-11.
Hosanna! Palm Sunday Scented Candle is created with the base of, believe it or not, Palm oil. While acquiring palm oil is it the cheapest and most fun way of making devotional candles, it is the best way. Along with the 100% Central palm oil I also went to together a homemade blend that reminds us of the entire up coming Holy Week. Use this candle for your personal study and reflections as we begin the week off the Passion/Holy Week!
"...and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 1 Cor 11:24-25
This candle's name was chosen not as a highlighting of the Lord's Holy Communion as a "rememberance meal" alone. Rather, it is the hope of Mize Family Books that as you smell this candle you will recall the many grapes in one cup and the many members yet one body of Christ who receive His Body and Blood and proclaims His death until He returns.
This candle is made from oil pressed out of millions of grape vines to give it the aroma of the plant with a hint of the fruit. Pastor Mize has also added his own blend which include Wormwood, Cedarwood, and Eternity blend, and Lilly oil. This is to remind us of the cross, passion, and resurrection all at the same time. The Lord's Supper gives us the merits of Christ from all these events.