CHICAGO – Worshipers of Holy Death, mostly Mexican immigrants, pay homage to what appears to be a skeletal figure with a scythe in its hand, and that was first spotted in a plastic container used to change the motor oil in cars.
Victor Manuel Hernandez and his son Christian Hernandez told EFE that the image, which presides over an altar installed in their home, is of Holy Death, which appeared to them while they were changing the oil in a van several years ago.
Left at the bottom of the plastic container was an oil stain that turned out to be the figure of Holy Death (Santa Muerte), which they cut out and framed.
Father and son, natives of the Mexican state of Guerrero, said they have received many favors from Holy Death, so they asked it to “soften the heart” of President Donald Trump so that he changes his tough anti-immigrant attitude.
“Everyone needs it. We don’t want wars, we want peace and just to be able to work,” said Victor, who has diabetes, suffered a brain hemorrhage and is convinced that Holy Death has done so much for him.
“Doctors think it’s incredible that I’m still alive, what with the progress of my disease,” said the immigrant, who to give thanks decided to pay homage every year to the skeletal figure venerated by thousands of worshipers in Mexico, Central America and the United States.
For this year’s celebration, around 100 people came Thursday night to the Hernandez home in southwest Chicago for the breaking of bread, offerings, mariachi music and the praying of the rosary.
“Holy Death appeared to me, and I want everyone to know it and share its power,” the Mexican said.
His son also attributes to their faith the fact that his father has survived his illnesses up to now: “I begged Holy Death to cure him for me, to give him health and a little more time.”