A votive offering is
"Anything offered to God or a saint, as a sign of gratitude or act of
veneration, sometimes in discharge of a vow or promise. Such an offering is
usually set up in or offered at a shrine or before an image and may be any
object from a valuable jewel to a penny candle... So to make offerings is one of
the universal natural religious instincts of mankind and therefore has its place
in the worship of the Catholic Church." (Catholic Dictionary)
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